Tamsin Simmill, Mezzo-Soprano
The Raleigh Bach Soloists and N.C. Baroque Orchestra
David Jernigan, Director
The Easter Oratorio is the second of J.S. Bach’s three oratorios and, like the Ascension Oratorio, is smaller by far than its older cousin, The Christmas Oratorio. Though originally written for Easter Sunday in 1725, Bach revisited The Easter Oratorio several times during his life and didn’t settle on a final version until the late 1740’s. It’s opening sinfonia (a grand concerto grosso movement), large-scale arias, and use of florid trumpet and violin lines combine in a perfect celebration for the Easter season.
Raleigh Bach Soloists charter member, Tamsin Simmill, has sung with many first-rate ensembles and conductors, and is known widely in the Triangle area as a leader in the performance of baroque music. This evening she sings the very stately and beautiful solo alto cantata, Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (Delightful rest, beloved pleasure of the soul), BWV 170.