Trinity Lutheran Church, with its Director of Music and Arts, Ben Spalding, has established a fine Bach cantata series at its home campus in Mission, Kansas. Sunday, ensemble members presented two of Bach's solo works: Cantata BWV 84, Ich bin vernügt mit meinem Glücke, sung by Lindsey Lang, soprano, and Cantata BWV 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde, sung by Patricia Thompson, alto. The ensemble was ably guided through the works by conductor, Ben Spalding; the portativ continuo was provided by Anna Myeong.
Ms Lang's bright soprano negotiated through Bach's serpentine lines without obvious timbre shifts, and unbelievably, without unplanned breaths. Translated, I am content with my luck (fortune)" the entire text is of a compliant Christian who is grateful for what God has given, without avarice for what others have.
The second work, Cantata BWV 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Stand firm against sin), sung by Patricia Thompson, alto, is an admonishment from one believer to others, with the promise that true devotion will push away sin. Ms Thompson's German diction was admirable, and her middle register was clear and bright.
The instrumental group provided sure complement of texture and ensemble of great musicality.