Thursday, 2 April 2015

Blogging A-Z Day 2: Birthdays, Bach

Let's hope that this one doesn't crash the server... Do enjoy  another all-time favourite of mine for Holy Week, J.S. Bach's St John Passion, sung here by the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardner. This is another work that I've been fortunate enough to sing in in the past, although not, I would add, with the outfit above, (way, way beyond my capabilities). I find the opening particularly moving. When we sung  it, we had some liturgical dancers performing along to the overture. They   took it to a  truly different dimension.

B  is also for birthdays - mine! After 50 *ahem* years I'm growing accustomed to having my birthday in and around Lent and Eastertide. This year it falls on Good Friday. What a  dilemma! Do I celebrate or go along with the mood of the liturgy  for the day.  Any thoughts?

Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology,  you should receive this post at  7 a.m. BST,  tomorrow, just in time to browse over with your morning coffee. If you live in the UK, that is. Or more likely, as this morning, you won't. I'm not sure if it was April Fool's gremlins in the works or my own ineptitude that did it. Luckily I just had time to press the magic button and send my bons mots soaring into cyberspace before I rushed for the train.


  1. Absolutely loving your musical tastes and what a journey to undertake for the month of April! Thank you so much for stopping by the Hearth and now for this aural feast :)

    One of my favourite composers is Jules Massenet and his work 'Last Sleep of the Virgin' - closely followed by Barber's Adagio for Strings :)

  2. This was pretty; I didn't listen to the whole thing, but just a little. Happy early birthday! Celebrate it :) Spend time remembering what Jesus did on that Good Friday years ago and then celebrate the life you have because he did so :)


  3. Bach is my all time favorite composer. I never tire of listening to his music.I especially like the cello suites. I was inspired by Yo Yo Ma's film series on the Bach Cello Suites. Such beauty! Hope you have a blessed birthday!

  4. Thanks, both of you. I'm hoping to continue with the musical sub-theme if I can, though I can't guarantee a piece for every day of the month!


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