Almost exact contemporaries, there is no evidence that Bach and Handel ever met. But what if they had? Their influence also shines through in the music of Mendelssohn, who was a champion of the Baroque masters. Hear My Prayer encapsulates both of these styles and provides a heartfelt contrast to Handel’s Funeral Anthem. Bach’s rousing opening chorus to Wachet auf provides the finale.
HANDEL: Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline
MENDELSSOHN: Hear My Prayer
BACH: Mass in G Minor BWV 235
BACH: Wachet auf (“Sleepers awake”) from Cantata 140