All Souls' Day
In Bach’s day – and especially in Bach’s music – death did not feel like a fearful end, but rather like a promising gateway to eternal life.
It is traditional on All Souls’ Day to remember loved ones who have passed away. The cantata Komm, du süße Todesstunde exudes the Lutheran idea that losing our loved ones is also a gain, as through his sacrifice Jesus opened the way to heaven. The cantata represents a comforting belief: the world leads us astray and death is our salvation. This was especially true of Bach’s audience, who could still vividly remember the Thirty Years’ War. Alex Potter and his illustrious cast work up to Bach’s wonderful cantata via a rich programme of chorales, motets and instrumental works by Jacob Gallus and Johann Rosenmüller.
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