This programme is centred on the chaconne: you will hear how Henry Purcell and J.S. Bach join hands in this much-loved dance form of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Of the few works of Philipp Heinrich Erlebach that survive, we perform a suite that concludes with a chaconne. The two Bach cantatas are contrasting: BWV 150 is said to be Bach’s earliest surviving cantata, BWV 78 was composed in Leipzig at the height of his career.
A 16-page accompanying booklet includes an essay on the music by the composer Hugh Wood, texts of the words sung and with English translations, and an interview with Nicolette Moonen on ‘Playing this music’. Illustrations in the booklet and CD packet are taken from the book by Kellom Tomlinson, The art of dancing (London, 1735), supplemented by informal photographs of the musicians.
To hear a sample track (‘Leite mich in deiner Wahrheit’) from BWV 150, click on the link in the right-hand column of this page.