The Cincinnati Bach Ensembles announces a new recording project, “My Life’s Light: Sacred Music of J. S. Bach and Douglas Pew.”
For much of his life and career, Johann Sebastian Bach was dedicated to the creation of “a well-regulated church music,” composing, rehearsing and performing new music on a weekly basis designed to instruct and inspire his listeners at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany.
Today at St. Thomas, two unique professional residencies are part of an effort to continue in this tradition of sacred music performance and composition: the Ensemble-in-Residence Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and Composer-in-Residence Douglas Pew .
The CBE is dedicated to the performance of the music of J. S. Bach, and in particular the performance of his sacred music in the context of worship. This music display’s Bach intense dedication to the spiritual, emotional, and theological dimension of the words. This dedication continues today in the works of composers like Doug Pew, who maintain a passionate desire to create meaningful spiritual music for a modern day audience.
In this project, the CBE and Mr. Pew combine forces to create a special recording featuring sacred music from across the centuries: J. S. Bach’s cantata-motet O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 118 and Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 33 along with Doug Pew’s St. Thomas Service (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis), Missa Musica Sacra, and anthems For I Was An Hungered and I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.
The project will feature 12 instrumentalists from the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble along with 16 vocalists from the Cincinnati Bach Choir. There will be a public concert September 14, 2014, followed by a week of recording sessions. Our recording engineer will be Michael Hughes of TTL Audio Productions . The recordings and concert will take place at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Northside.
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