A Prom in which BBC Singers, London Sinfonietta and David Atherton in Stravinsky's Threni, Bach's Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch and Stravinsky's arrangement.
From the BBC PROMS 2010
Presented by John Shea
Another chance to hear this Late Night Prom which pairs music by Igor Stravinsky with one of the composers he most admired - J S Bach. At the heart of the concert the two composers overlap in Stravinsky's orchestral arrangement of one of the Bach's masterpieces: the great Canonic Variations on "Vom Himmel Hoch", in which he subjects a Lutheran Christmas hymn to a staggering array of blindingly clever techniques - but all-the-while producing music so charming and fluent that the unsuspecting listener would never know what was going on below the surface.
The concert ends with a work by Stravinsky which, like Bach's, combines austerity with a deeply-felt spirituality: Threni - setting words from the Biblical Lamentations of Jeremiah.
Bach: Chorale "Ach mein herzliebes Jesulein"
Bach: Canonic Variations on "Von Himmel hoch" BWV769
Bach arr. Stravinsky: Chorale Variations on "Von Himmel hoch" BWV 769
Elizabeth Atherton, soprano
Hilary Summers, mezzo-soprano
Alan Oke, tenor
Andrew Kennedy, tenor
David Wilson-Johnson, baritone
Sir John Tomlinson, bass
Daniel Hyde, organ
David Atherton, conductor.