On suffering and deliverance: Bach, Vivaldi and Shostakovich

St Bavo's Cathedral

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The Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the Cathedral 

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1997 by the legendary conductor Claudio Abbado and even now tours the world almost without interruption. The ensemble has a permanent core of musicians from more than 20 countries, and its mission is to bridge the gap between audience and orchestra. 

Peter Harvey ©Kim Hardy
Peter Harvey ©Kim Hardy

For this concert at least, this is not a difficult task: the orchestra presents a real musical treat with a small and intimate group of players. Music lovers invariably choose Bach’s Ich habe genug as his most compelling solo cantata. We have been able to get hold of the highly-renowned Bach specialist, the bass-baritone Peter Harvey, as our soloist. 

Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater is also a vocal gem for connoisseurs that gets right under your skin. 

The score is made-to-measure for the young Alex Potter, generally described as a rising star in the world of countertenors and often performing together with famous names like Philippe Herreweghe and Jordi Savall.

Alex Potter ©Annelies van der Vegt

Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony sounds considerably more forceful, and is an adaptation of his ground-breaking Eighth String Quartet, which is unrivalled in its expressiveness. This is a concert in which an explosive mix of intimacy and power will be performed to the highest standards. Don’t miss it! 

Photograph ©Kim Hardy


Antonio Vivaldi
Stabat Mater RV 621 
I. Stabat mater dolorosa 
II. Cujus animam gementem 
III. O quam tristis et afflicta 
IV. Quis est homo 
V. Quis non posset contristari 
VI. Pro peccattis suae gentis 
VII. Eia mater, fons amoris 
VIII. Fac ut ardeat cor meum 
IX. Amen 

Dmitri Shostakovich 
Chamber Symphony Op. 110a 
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegretto 
IV. Largo
V. Largo

Johann Sebastian Bach
Cantata BWV 82 ‘Ich habe genug’ 


Peter Harvey, bass
Alex Potter, countertenor
Mahler Chamber Orchestra