Bach composed BWV 66, Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, You Hearts) for Easter in 1724, and the monumental opening chorus, lasting nearly ten minutes, surely befits the celebratory occasion. It opens with a virtuoso orchestral introduction followed by joyful proclamations by the voices. A more sorrowful middle section leads into a recapitulation of the exhilarating first section. Another notable part of this cantata consists of a duet between the tenor and alto, representing a dialogue between “Hope” and “Fear.” They represent contrasting viewpoints to the news of the Resurrection of Jesus. A lovely setting of the medieval hymn, “Christ ist erstanden” rounds out the cantata.

Colorado Bach Ensemble’s “Cantata Insights Series” gives audiences an opportunity to learn more about Bach’s many cantatas. In these popular and educational concerts, Artistic Director James Kim has a special way of explaining what he knows, drawing you into the wonders of Bach’s music. After James gives his insights on a “guided tour” through the cantata, the ensemble performs the work in its entirety, giving the audience a fresh perspective of one of Bach’s magnificent works.

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