Johann Sebastian Bach Komm, Jesu, komm
Arvo Pärt Nunc dimittis, The Deer’s Cry
Ton de Leeuw Car nos vignes sont en fleurs
Arvo Pärt Which Was the Son of …
Johann Sebastian Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor)
Peter Dijkstra chief conductor
Matthias Havinga organ
Linda Paulino eight foot violone

In this programme the Netherlands Chamber Choir performs works by Bach, De Leeuw and Pärt – composers who, each in their own way, seek a musical connection with a higher power. Under the direction of chief conductor Peter Dijkstra, the choir explores these apparent extremes in choral music, linking three very distinct musical styles, driven by a common motivation: to express the mystical in music.

Bach’s motets are regarded as the pinnacle of Western vocal music, and are a wonderful counterpart to Pärt’s tranquil Baltic sounds.

Bach’s motets are regarded as the pinnacle of Western vocal music, and with their musical expressivity and technical complexity they are a wonderful counterpart to Pärt’s tranquil Baltic sounds. At the heart of the programme is Ton de Leeuw’s Car nos vignes sont en fleurs (For our vines are in blossom), a twelve-part work by one of the most prominent Dutch composers of the 20th century, which is certainly one of the highlights of Dutch choral music.

 

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