J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, the two best-known composers of the late Baroque: surely we know everything there is to know about them? Dont be so sure! In 2015, a fascinating discovery was made at the home of a certain Ton Koopman. Amongst all the manuscripts and historic prints in his private library in Amsterdam, the American musicologist and Handel specialist John Roberts found an unknown cantata by his favourite composer. It soon became clear that Roberts had unearthed an early version of the cantata Tu fedel? Tu costante? HWV 171, with three completely different arias to those in the later version.
The soprano Maria Keohane will present this cantata, with its themes of unfaithfulness and betrayal. As we might expect, Bach takes a far more demure approach. In his wedding cantataWeichet nur, betrübte SchattenBWV 202, also for soprano, he sings the praises of chaste love and the first joys of marriage. Instrumental works by Handel and Bach give the young musicians of EUBO their chance to shine. What more could you ask?