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Trumpets in the Cantatas

When the trumpets sound in Bach's cantatas, we experience a sense of pomp and celebration. Trumpet player Alexis Basque and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal's late conductor Christopher Jackson discuss the role of the trumpet in Bach's cantatas, as well as the complexities of playing the instrument itself.

The Voice of the Cantatas

Cantatas are vocal works: often featuring soloists, choirs, or combinations of both, the voice holds an unquestionably important role.

Luc Beauséjour, artistic director of the ensemble Clavecin en Concert, speaks about chorales and the role of Martin Luther, theologist and musician who launched the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, in Bach's Cantatas. In fact, Bach often constructed an entire cantata around Luther's chorales, which were commonly known to the general population in Bach's time, using elements of the melody throughout the work, sometimes outright or subtly.

Kent Nagano and the Cantatas

6 years ago, Bourgie Hall began its presentation of the complete sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach. This corpus remains to this day a linchpin in classical music's history: Bach's important compositional innovations echoed through the centuries and are still revered today. This musical marathon spans 8 seasons, consisting of a concert on the last Sunday of each month during the regular season. Curious and faithful audience members gather to hear these remarkable works performed by Canadian and international ensembles, and to sing in chorus the final chorale of each concert.

In the first year of this project, La Fabrique culturelle produced a series of videos that we would like to share with you in the following weeks.

Bourgie Hall's artistic director and instigator of the Complete Cantatas of Bach, Isolde Lagacé, confided the first concert of this project to Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In this video, Maestro Nagano shares the joy of his experience on stage, and his lifelong respect for the work of J.S. Bach.

The Organ in the Sacred Cantatas

Did you know Bourgie Hall counts 2 organs among it's collection of instruments? Organist Geneviève Soly and her parents, Mireille Bégin-Lagacé and Bernard Lagacé, discuss the key role of the organ, not only as a majestic soloist in Bach's sacred cantatas, but as an instrument capable of bringing us all together.

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