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Saint Thomas Church
1 W. 53rd St. New York, NY 10019
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Described by John Eliot Gardiner as “emollient and graceful, a halfway house between a minuet and a waltz, affirming a more serene side to faith”, Cantata 37 (He who believes and is baptised) was Bach’s first cantata composition for the feast of the Ascension. In his ‘Lutheran’ Mass in G minor, Bach looked to himself for inspiration, deriving its opening from his cantata 102, while the other two choruses and three arias are taken from cantatas 187 and 72.

The lesser known of Vivaldi’s two settings of the Gloria, RV 588 was composed in the early 1700s, a fascinating time for sacred music. With the opera genre flourishing, audiences began to expect church music to live up to the expressive, theatrical music they heard at the opera house – no more plainchant or unaccompanied polyphony. This Gloria neatly reflects the change in style.

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
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Soloists from the Saint Thomas Choir

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