J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto 1 // Ich Habe Genug

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J.S. Bach 1685-1750

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046

Cantata 82 'Ich habe genug'


Birmingham Baroque Soloists
Timothy Emberson, bass voice
James Fletcher, oboe


Bach's Cantata 82 ich habe genug (It is enough) was composed in 1727 Leipzig for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The work features a magical dialogue between oboe and voice and retells the story of the old man Simeon who, waiting in the temple, was presented with the baby Jesus. As he held the baby in his arms, in Bach's version he says: 'It is enough'. Here Bach speaks for humanity - only after seeing the baby Jesus would Simeon be prepared to die. 'Slumber my weary eyes' Bach writes for the cantata's central aria.

Inspired by the Italian concerti of Antonio Vivaldi, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 is unique in that no one instrument is 'the soloist'. Bach writes for the orchestra like no one before him. The oboes and strings complete against each other in battle, the bassoon is freed from the bass line and allowed to sing out from the texture and the horn players take off their hunting kit and come in from the woods and into the orchestra for the first time. Unusually the concerto ends with a calming minuet rather than a typical Vivace third movement. Despite short bursts of stern Polish pride, peace and tranquillity reigns.

*Performed at 440hz


BIOGRAPHIES

James Fletcher is an oboist and pianist from Ely, Cambridgeshire. He accepted a scholarship to study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2013 where he studies oboe with Melinda Maxwell and George Caird as well as baroque oboe with Gail Hennessy. James has previously studied with Karel Schoofs at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels whilst on the Erasmus+ scheme in 2015. James maintains a busy diary freelancing with orchestras and emsembles across the UK and regularly appears principal or solo oboe with Ely Sinfonia and Norfolk Symphony Orchestra - conducted by Philip Hesketh. He has previously played for Birmingham Sinfonia, Pembroke College Cambridge, New Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and baroque oboe engagements with Akeman Chamber Orchestra and La Serenissima for Birmingham Opera Company’s critically acclaimed Dido’N’Aeneas production. Away from the oboe James provides keyboard accompaniment and coaching - specialising in vocal and operatic repertory - for University and Conservatoire level students, but also includes work with theatre companies and ABRSM examination candidates. James currently serves as part of the administrative team at Ely Cathedral and has managed in house concerts as well as overseeing the Cathedrals internationally renowned choirs.

Timothy Emberson began his singing career as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral School. Timothy is now based in Birmingham, where he completed his BMus in Vocal Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, under Gordon Sandison. He is currently studying with Christopher Turner. He sang with the renowned Conservatoire Chamber Choir - conducted by Paul Spicer and Jeffrey Skidmore - and is credited as a soloist on ‘South of the Line’ with Somm Recordings. He completed a choral scholarship singing with the inaugural Voces8 Scholars’ Ensemble, working alongside VOCES8, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players, a relationship which led to Timothy appearing on VOCES8’s disc with Decca Classics, Winter, as well as continuing to appear alongside them in concert. Timothy also sings with Armonico Consort and Convivium Singers. Timothy was a finalist for the Winifred Micklam Prize and the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and has performed in many impressive venues including De Montfort Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Hall and Bridgewater Hall. Timothy's recent solo engagements include Duruflé Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Handel Dixit Dominus and Haydn ‘Maria Theresa’ Mass. Operatic roles include Chorus in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelités, Shepherd in Blow's Venus and Adonis and Ravel's L’enfant et les Sortilèges.

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