Video: Collegium Vocale Gent Performs J.S. Bach



The men of Collegium Vocale Gent (photo: Myriam Devriendt)

Johann Sebastian Bach‘s “Easter Oratorio,” BWV 249, doesn’t begin like any of his other oratorios, which open with choruses.

It’s not until the third movement, Kommt, eilet und laufet, that we actually hear any singing whatsoever. The first two (Sinfonia and Adagio) function as a kind of extended overture.

As an added quirk, Bach labeled the third movement a duet. But, in fact, it’s a duet book-ended by a chorus. In other words, we hear a chorus, followed by a duet, and finally a repetition of the chorus.

Hence, the common reference to it as a chorus.

Here’s the Collegium Vocale Gent, under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, in a performance of Kommt, eilet und laufet, (“Come, hurry and run”).


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