CONCERT REVIEW: COMFORT AND JOY – CANTATAS FOR CHRISTMAS/ BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA

First there was Comfort – the cantata Süßer Trost BWV 151, by J S Bach, followed by his Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV 1067. Then the heavens opened in an outpouring of Joy with the second part of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 and the cantata Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191. Augmented by the elite of baroque orchestral players performing on instruments of the time and with a choir comprising 13 of the best period voices, the Bach Akademie Australia under the direction of its founder, violinist Madeleine Easton brought a little bit of Saxony to Sydney in a brilliant concert of seasonal music, Comfort and Joy – Cantatas for Christmas. Featuring soprano Anna Sandström and Mikaela Ober