The Leipzig Ring of Cantatas – The Bach Event 2018

June 8–10

The initial idea came from Sir John Eliot Gardiner: a cyclical performance of the ›best‹ Bach cantatas in Bach’s Leipzig churches by the crème de la crème of Bach performers.
Gardiner and the experts at the Leipzig Bach Archive have conducted tough »negotiations« in their quest to identify the »best« Bach cantatas. The resulting selection will be heard in the Leipzig »Cantata Ring«: 30 sacred cantatas, performed cyclically in nine concerts and one »motet« during one weekend, alternating between the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas and arranged by the place of each cantata in the liturgical year – from the first Sunday of Advent to the 27th Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

Dreams came true when the line-up for the »Ring« was being put together: Tom Koopman with his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Masaaki Suzuki with the Bach Collegium Japan, and the Gaechinger Cantorey with their new director Hans-Christoph Rademann all took Gardiner up on his invitation enthusiastically. And of course Gardiner and his Monteverdi choir and Bach’s own choir, the Thomaner with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz, have also both proved willing to add their captivating sound to the Leipzig »Cantata Ring«.

Over the first weekend of the 2018 Bach Festival, you will have a unique chance to hear – within 48 hours – all the ensembles that have already performed and made award-winning recordings of all of Bach’s cantatas – in Bach’s original venues, in a complete package or a selection, and complemented by lectures by leading Bach experts.
Anyone who still hasn’t absorbed enough of Bach’s work after this tour de force will be able to hear further gems from his unique cantatas late in the evening in the newly rebuilt Paulinerkirche.

In short: an 18 hour »Cantata Ring« in Bach’s own »Festival Theatres«, sung and played by the leading Bach performers of our time. Surely nobody will be able to stay away!

Dr. Michael Maul

Friday , June 08, 8.00 pm Nikolaikirche / Ring of Cantatas 1

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 (1st Advent)
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 (1st Advent)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70a (2nd Advent)
U nser Mund sei voll Lachens, BWV 110 (Christmas Day)
Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
 

Saturday, June 9, 12.00 am Thomaskirche / Ring of Cantatas 2

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65 (Feast of Epiphany)
Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen, BWV 123 (Feast of Epiphany)
Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen, BWV 81 (4th Sunday after Epiphany)
Ich habe genung, BWV 82 (Feast of Mary’s Purification)
Maarten Engeltjes (countertenor), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Conductor: Ton Koopman
 

Saturday, June 9, 3.00 pm Thomaskirche / Ring of Cantatas 3 (Motette)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott, BWV 127 (Estomihi)
Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159 (Estomihi)
Gesine Adler (soprano), Marie Henriette Reinhold (alto), Patrick Grahl (tenor), Stephan Heinemann (bass), Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Conductor: Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz
 

Saturday, June 9, 5.30 pm Thomaskirche / Ring of Cantatas 4

Johann Sebastian Bach
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1 (Feast of the Annunciation)
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, BWV 182 (Palm Sunday)
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31 (Easter Sunday)
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6 (Easter Monday)
Hannah Morrison (soprano), Robin Blaze (altus), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörner (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
 

Saturday, June 9, 8.00 pm Nikolaikirche / Ring of Cantatas 5

Johann Sebastian Bach
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 (Jubilate)
Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103 (Jubilate)
O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 (Pentecost)
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20 (1st Sunday after Trinity)
Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
 

Saturday, June 9, 10.30 pm Universitätskirche St. Pauli / Ring of Cantatas Plus

Johann Sebastian Bach
Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl, BWV 198 (Funeral Ode)
Soloists, Leipziger Universitätschor, Pauliner Barockensemble, Conductor: Universitätsmusikdirektor David Timm
 

Sunday, June 10, 9.30 am Markt / Ring of Cantatas 6 (Gottesdienst)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76 (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
Dorothee Mields (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto), Patrick Grahl (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass), Gaechinger Cantorey, Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann
 

Sunday, June 10, 11.30 am Thomaskirche / Ring of Cantatas 7

Johann Sebastian Bach
Die Elenden sollen essen, BWV 75 (1st Sunday after Trinity)
Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39 (1st Sunday after Trinity)
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 2 (2nd Sunday after Trinity)
Hannah Morrison (soprano), Robin Blaze (altous), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörner (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
 

Sunday, June 10, 2.00 pm Nikolaikirche / Ring of Cantatas 8

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21 (3rd Sunday after Trinity)
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht, BWV 105 (9th Sunday after Trinity)
Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56 (19th Sunday after Trinity)
Dorothee Mields (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto), Patrick Grahl (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass), Gaechinger Cantorey, Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann
 

Sunday, June 10, 5.00 pm Thomaskirche / Ring of Cantatas 9

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm, du süße Todesstunde, BWV 161 (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8 (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 95 (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 27 (16th Sunday after Trinity)
Martha Bosch (soprano), Maarten Engeltjes (Countertenor), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Conductor: Ton Koopman
 

Sunday, June 10, 8.00 pm Nikolaikirche / Ring of Cantatas 10

Johann Sebastian Bach
Es erhub sich ein Streit, BWV 19 (Feast of the Archangel Michael)
Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101 (10th Sunday after Trinity)
Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78 (14th Sunday after Trinity)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (27th Sunday after Trinity)
Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
 

Sunday, June 10, 10.30 pm Universitätskirche St. Pauli / Ring of Cantatas Plus

Johann Sebastian Bach
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 (Actus tragicus)
Soloists, Leipziger Universitätschor, Pauliner Barockensemble, Conductor: Universitätsmusikdirektor David Timm
 

 

Ticket Prices

Ring of Cantatas Complete Package

 

Buy the complete package for all concerts 1 to 10 and get a discount of 30 % compared to single tickets.

full: € 500,00 | € 400,00 | 250,00 | 100,00
reduced: € 450,00 | 350,00 | 200,00 | –
(Persons accompanying severely disabled guest are entitled to a reduced ticket.)

 

Buy your ticket here or call our hotline 0049-38 71 2 11 41 91.

Obviously, the total number of complete packages is limited but you have the chance to buy tickets for all the concerts in the different categories starting from November 20.

 

Single tickets

Ring of Cantatas 1, 5 and 10
Ticket prices: € 105,00 | 80,00 | 52,00 | 21,00
reduced: € 89,00 | 67,00 | 42,00 | 16,00
Ring of Cantatas 2, 4, 7, 8 und 9
Ticket prices: € 82,00 | 65,00 | 42,00 | 21,00
reduced: € 72,00 | 55,00 | 36,00 | 16,00
Ring of Cantatas Plus
Ticket prices: € 44,00 | 37,00
reduced: € 38,00 | 32,00

Ring of Cantatas 3 (Motette)
Entry by programme: € 2,00

Ring of Cantatas 6 (Gottesdienst)
Eintritt frei

Tickets for single concerts can be bought from the start of the general pre-sale of the Bach Festival 2018 on November 20, 2017.

Here, you can download the flyer about the Ring of Cantatas.

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