Cantata No. 123 at St. Nicholas Church

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On the program:

Sinfonias (Three-Part Inventions):  No. 2 in C minor, BWV 788 and No. 5 in E-flat, BWV 791 - Till Fellner, piano

Cantata BWV 123 Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen (translation) - Sally Bruce-Payne, alto;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Peter Harvey, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068 - Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, conductor

(The image at left [courtesy Wikimedia Commons] shows column detail from the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, which is modelled on palms.  The theme of palms is prevalent in the architecture of the Nikolaikirche, which, with the Thomaskirche, is one of the churches served by Bach between 1723 and 1750.  The Nikolaikirche also played a pivotal role in the fall of the Communist regime of East Germany in the 1980's.)

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