No 158 Closing concert

Sun 23rd June 2019  »  6:00 pm
Thomaskirche
Bach and Dresden

– J. S. Bach: Messe in h-Moll, BWV 232

Theodora Raftis (soprano), Adèle Charvet (mezzo soprano), Andreas Scholl (altus), Andrés Agudelo (tenor), Laurent Naouri (bass), Tölzer Knabenchor, Opera Fuoco, direction: David Stern

Concert introduction: 5.00 pm, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Dr. Bernd Koska · Pre-concert talk in English: Dr. Andrew Talle

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Ticket prices: € 105,00 | 80,00 | 52,00 | 21,00
reduced: € 89,00 | 67,00 | 42,00 | 16,00

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The score of the famed B Minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach was written over a long period: the Thomaskantor wrote the »Kyrie« and »Gloria« movements in 1733 and sent them to the elector’s court in Dresden. Highly demanding both vocally and instrumentally, these pieces were tailor-written for the virtuosos of the court orchestra there. Towards the end of his life, in around 1748-49, he turned his attention back to this old piece and expanded it using other, existing works and a few new compositions to form a complete mass. Whether, in completing the B Minor Mass, Bach was acting on a commission or whether he regarded the »great Catholic Missa« as his musical legacy, to be set aside for posterity, is unknown to this day. For 20 years, Bach’s opus ultimum has formed the grandiose conclusion of the Leipzig Bach Festival. This year, it will be performed by the Tölzer Knabenchor, conducted by David Stern, in a special way, following the performance practice of Bach and his choristers.

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