Just a few weeks before his 90th birthday, Herbert Blomstedt gifted himself a special birthday present: conducting Bach’s Mass in B Minor, in the Leipzig Thomaskirche – the composer’s former workplace. According to Blomstedt, Bach’s last complete vocal work is the climax of his creativity and is one of the most important works in his life: “It is like a reflection of doubt. It is enormously powerful music in the same way that a wedge is enormously powerful.” more
In 2017 – the year of Luther – Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger Cantorey take on Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, the key work of the Protestant church. The exceptional concert impressively documented the new sound and superb manner of playing on historical instruments, which Hans-Christoph Rademann was able to hone in masterfully with the Gaechinger Cantorey over the course of just one year.
“I would like to find poignant images that are adequate for the music and do justice to the gigantic work in a way that one can experience it differently and more profoundly.” Christian Spuck, choreographer
Both have been giants in the international scenery of music and arts for decades: Arvo Pärt (born 1935), one of the most played contemporary composers of our time, and Robert Wilson (born 1941), one of the most sought-after stage directors worldwide. Pärt, Estonian, whose compositions stand out due to their clear harmonies and unmistakable beauty, and Wilson, Texan, a Master of Lighting, whose personal experiences function as the motivation and inspiration for his staging. more
When music and musicians combine in the service of a good cause, the memory alone makes it worthwhile. Add that to the historic charity concert held by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in April 1786 “for the local medical institute for the poor”, which was of momentous importance for the history of reception for his father’s music. more
Christmas in the Erzgebirge region is one of Saxony’s most treasured traditions. Its unique celebrations include numerous customs focusing on music. The Renaissance town of Marienberg is at the very heart of the historic Erzgebirge: It forms the setting for a concert of classical and seasonal works with Germany’s prestigious Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie. more
The Mass in B Minor, Bach’s last completed vocal work as well as the climax of his creativity, reveals the overwhelming wealth of his compositional skills. In the history of music it ranks highly, as the “Montblanc of church music” (Franz Liszt) – composed during Bach’s time as cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Performed in this important composer’s domain, the Mass in B Minor casted a spell over its listeners as the crowning glory of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2013. more
The St. Thomas Boys’ Choir is widely acknowledged as one of the finest boys’ choirs in the world: In 2012, the choir celebrated its 800th anniversary – an almost unbelievable period of time, all ups and downs of European history the choir outlasted, maintaining its unbroken traditions over the centuries and holding onto established principles such as the inclusion of the elder boys in the education of the younger ones. more