The Giovanni Consort, conducted by Christophe Karas
St George’s Early Music Ensemble, led by Professor Paul Wright
In the first concert of their 2018 Season, The Giovanni Consort present Buxtehude’s masterpiece Membra Jesu Nostri. We are delighted to be joined by conductor Christophe Karas who will direct both The Giovanni Consort and the Early Music Ensemble of St George’s College, who will be led by Paul Wright. Together, they will present the seven cantatas that contemplate parts of Christ’s body on the cross.
For Passion in 1680 Dieterich Buxtehude composed his largest work in the style of an oratorio, dedicating it to his friend, the Swedish Court Music Director, Gustav Düben.
In each of the seven separate cantatas the feet, knees, hands, side, chest, heart and face of the crucified Christ are interpreted allegorically. The cantatas follow a rough scheme involving an instrumental introduction, a choral movement with biblical texts, an aria with a sacred text from the Middle Ages and the repetition of the choral movement,
The work is intended to be performed on Good Friday, and The Giovanni Consort are delighted to collaborate with St George’s College to make this a reality – we will be performing in the Chapel found within the College’s grounds on the evening of Good Friday itself.
With solo, choral and instrumental excellence on display, this is a concert not to be missed!