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Bach Premieres

Sundays in April at 21:00

 


The month of April is upon us, and Stingray Brava celebrates spring with the sound of Bach's music. Every Sunday evening at 21:00, our viewers can enjoy a new broadcast of the music of the one who is undoubtedly the greatest composer of all time! Let yourself be carried away by Bach's great masterpieces!


Sunday, April 7 at 21:00 | Jaroussky sings Bach & Telemann

The film Jaroussky sings Bach & Telemann is a portrait of a very special vocalist, and of two exceptional composers. When Philippe Jaroussky - whose angelic voice seems almost timeless, not belonging to any one epoque or decade - sings works by Telemann and Bach, it becomes abundantly clear that the sheer emotional force and the purifying power of their music have not diminished over the centuries. The works performed in this film are Telemann's Jesus liegt in letzten Zügen and Sinfonia from Brockes-Passion; Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus, and Bach's Sinfonia from Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis and Ich habe genug.


Sunday, April 14 at 21:00 | J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232

In this concert, Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Kammerchor for the last time as the Gewandhaus Music Director at the Leipzig Bachfest 2005. After seven successful years in Leipzig, the maestro performs J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232), one of the greatest works of church music ever written. Soloists are Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Anna Larsson (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) and Dietrich Henschel (bass). The mass is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass and is one of last compositions Bach completed, just one year before his death in 1750. Blomstedt's reading of the work is conceived and executed on the highest level with the performance vibrating with life. Since 1999, the Leipzig Bachfest is regarded as the world’s leading festival celebrating the music of Bach.


Sunday, April 21 at 21:00 | J. S. Bach - Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)

Georg Christoph Biller conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Thomanerchor in a performance of J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232), one of the greatest works of church music ever written. Soloists are Ruth Holton (soprano), Matthias Rexroth (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) and Klaus Mertens (bass). Recorded in the St. Thomas Church during the Leipzig Bachfest of 2000. Georg Christoph Biller is Bach’s 16th successor as cantor of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, a position Biller held from 1992 to 2015. The mass is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass and is one of last compositions the Bach completed, just one year before his death in 1750. Since 1999, the Leipzig Bachfest is regarded as the world’s leading festival celebrating the music of Bach.


Sunday, April 28 at 21:00 | Bach - Partitas for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006)

Gidon Kremer’s return to J. S. Bach’s partitas is a major event. Kremer’s first recording of these works was released almost a quarter of a century ago. In this recording from 2006, Kremer once again takes on the greatest challenge for any violinist: Bach’s magnificent “Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin” (BWV 1001-1006), which Kremer himself calls the “Himalayas” of violin music. With these pieces, Bach firmly established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument. The partitas served as archetypes for solo violin pieces by later generations of composers. This rendition of the collection displays Kremer’s very personal sense of spontaneity and a readiness to take risks. Yet it is also marked by the structural awareness of an exceptional musician who, in a unique way, does justice both to the polyphonic wealth of the compositions and to their juxtaposition of dance elements and reflective profundity.