Christ lag in Todes Banden “ Allegri Ensemble

Published by: Caroline Miller | 10-Mar-2021
After the challenges of 2020, this new year holds the tantalising promise of the gradual return to a more normal way of life. Jonathan Wallis and the Allegri Ensemble are planning a series of four concerts in 2021, beginning on Saturday 10th April 2021 with Christ lag in Todes Banden, a meditative reflection on the rich Easter narrative of the Resu rrection.
Venue: St Mary's Cathedral
Address: 180 Harrington Street
Date: Saturday 10 April 2021
Time: PM
Ticket: $35/28 (concession)
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Our concert begins in the emotional depths of Holy Week with Timor et Tremor, the first of Poulenc's powerful motets for a time of penitence (1938). Poulenc's music “ shifting between anger, trepidation, and a yearning for salvation “ sets the scene for a series of engagements with the meaning of death and rebirth. The Renaissance master Jean L'Héritier (c.1480-1552) provides a beautiful but complex setting of Surrexit Pastor Bonus (The Good Shepherd has arisen'). This six-part motet moves back and forth between dissonance and resolution as it celebrates rebirth against an awareness of Christ's death as sacrifice. Another Poulenc motet “ the comparatively little-heard Ave Verum Corpus (1952), for women's voices “ reflects upon Christ's crucified body. The climax of our concert comes in a complete performance of Bach's youthful cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden, written for Easter Sunday (probably in 1707, when Bach was 22 years old). This wonderfully vigorous and virtuosic cantata depicts Christ as victorious on behalf of humankind in the battle between life and death.

For its performance of this cantata, Allegri Ensemble is delighted to be joined by the strings of the Pillinger Quartet with Thomas Rimes (continuo).

We would love you to join us in the glorious acoustic of St. Mary's Cathedral at 3:00pm on Saturday 10th April. Tickets at $35/28 (concession) are available from or at the door from 2:30pm. 

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