Cantatas that show the way

Bach’s compass

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The background

Bach’s compass

In a world full of crises, Bach gives us something to hold on to. Find a path through daily dilemmas in this cantata programme by famous Bach expert John Butt.

Intimate line-up with maximum expression“

For centuries, Bach’s cantatas have been providing comfort, reflection and calmness. For the opening of this season, John Butt, artistic director of the Dunedin Consort, chose three cantatas with themes that also move today’s listeners. Do you open up to the ‘other’, or do you shy away from the unfamiliar? In the case of injustice, do you want revenge or do you try to forgive? And where do you find trust, hope and faith? Universal questions of life with possible answers set to music by Bach. John Butt leads the ensemble in an intimate line-up with maximum expression.

The concert

Works and Performance


Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?, BWV 89
Cantata Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet, BWV 164
Cantata Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV 157


Netherlands Bach Society
John Butt, harpsichord and leader

Carine Tinney, soprano
Alex Potter, alto
nn, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass


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