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Masaaki Suzuki & the Bach Collegium

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Masaaki Suzuki

Conductor

Bach Collegium Japan

Marianne Beate Bielland,

Mezzo-soprano

Christian Immler

Bass-baritone

program

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

J.S. Bach
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
J. S. Bach
Mass in C minor, K.427(417a)
Mozart

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 7:30PM

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Event Description

Mozart was 26 when he dared to marry Austrian soprano Constanze Weber without the approval of his father Leopold—the newlyweds spent their first year avoiding the family’s home city of Salzburg. In an effort to appease his deeply religious father, the young composer wrote his father letters about his devout (and perhaps slightly exaggerated) Catholicism. Mozart went so far as to say that he was even moved to write a mass. When he finally braved a return to Salzburg, parts of his Mass in C minor were performed with Constanze as soloist. Afterwards, Mozart abandoned the piece, leaving editors and scholars to fill in the gaps. Under the direction of celebrated conductor Masaaki Suzuki, the Bach Collegium performs this “Great Mass” alongside J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major and his Cantata No. 147, a work dedicated to the story of pregnant Mary with visiting Saint Elizabeth (also pregnant, with John the Baptist). The work ends with acclaimed soloists singing one of Bach’s most stirring songs, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
 

Masaaki Suzuki
Masaaki Suzuki