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BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot
The text of BWV 39 is based on Isaiah 58: 7-8, about offering food to your hungry neighbours and offering shelter to those without a home.
Listen out for the chorus which starts with a step-motif that suggests the poor are staggering along in exhaustion, but then evolves to an intensely emotional, rapid fugue in two parts, depicting the warm welcome of shelter. The choice of this work is especially meaningful as this concert is the first time that the OAE was able to return to Kings Place, London, since the lockdown began.
JS BACH BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot