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Coffee Cantata 1995Scottish Early Music Consort

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This was a thoroughly enjoyable programme under the intriguing title 'Coffee and a Blaze of Trumpets'. The coffee element was, of course, J S Bach's delightful little entertainment, in form a secular cantata, but in practice an early example of opera buffa. The evening began with two works by Biber before the cantata. After the interval another Biber sonata was followed by Bach's wonderful cantata 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen'. The final item was a solo by Biber, his 'Nightwatchman' from a Serenade of 1673, admirably characterised by Alan Watt to the accompaniment of atmospheric pizzicato strings.

The Bach cantata certainly worked in this context, and was very well performed in an irreverent modern translation by Hugh Macdonald.

Performance Cast

Historicus Narrator

Dennis Haggerty

Herr Schlendrian

Alan Watt

Lieschen Schlendrian's daughter

Julie Moffat

Performance DatesCoffee Cantata 1995

Map List

Cowdray Hall | Aberdeen

14 Mar, 19.30

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

15 Mar, 19.30

Crichton Kirk, Dumfries | Dumfries

16 Mar, 19.30

Concert Hall (RSAMD) | Glasgow

17 Mar, 19.30

St Paul's Cathedral | Dundee

19 Mar, 19.30

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