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About the program

The opening movement of a Bach cantata and two motets, in addition to one of his “Shorter Masses” in the key of G minor, will be heard in the Festival Theatre as interpreted by the Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis and the Saint Ephrem Male Choir, specialists in “antique music”, the Aurea Musicale, which plays on period instruments, as well as soloists well-versed in historic performance style.

Cantata No. 125, beginning Mit Friede und Freud ich fahr dahin, is part of the year of choral cantatas (1724-25). It was prepared for 2 February 1725.  Part of Bach’s tasks in Leipzig was to write appropriate cantatas for every holy day in the religious calendar, as well as to “deliver music” for special occasions, be they funerals or weddings. He wrote six motets for such occasions, including the works beginning Lobet den Herrn and Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf, which will be heard during our concert.

The four masses which Bach, in all probability, composed in 1735 are called the “Lutheran Masses” or “Shorter Masses”. Unlike his Mass in B minor, the four works only contain Kyrie and Gloria movements. True to his custom, Bach “made new use” of his earlier music when writing these pieces. The four masses contain six movements apiece, and of the total 24 movements, all but three are proven parodies of his previous German cantata movements.

This event is co-produced by Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Palace of Arts.


990 HUF


Mit Friede und Freud ich fahr dahin – opening movement from cantata No. 125
Der Geist hilf unser Schwachheit auf – motet for two choirs
Lobet den Herrn – motet for four voice parts
Missa in G minor, BWV 235


Katalin Károlyi, Zoltán Megyesi, Péter Cser – vocal
Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis (artistic director, János Mezei)
Saint Ephraim Male Choir (artistic director, Tamás Bubnó)
Aura Musicale