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FULL Bach Cantatas BWV 65, 73, 81, 190.1 Leipzig 2023 Philippe Herreweghe, Aisling Kenny, Alex Potter, Benedict Hymas, Peter Kooij

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  • Published by: DW Classical Music  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

The Bachfest Leipzig is marking a special anniversary in 2023: In the year 1723, so exactly 300 years ago, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) took up his post as cantor of St. Thomas Church in the Saxon city. His job involved planning the music for worship in several churches on around 60 days of the year, as well as teaching pupils at the St. Thomas School. To accomplish this mammoth task, Bach composed cantatas at a rate of almost one a week during his first year in office alone. The compositions, which later became known as Bach’s “first cantata cycle in Leipzig,” not only astonished his contemporaries but continue to delight people to this day. These compositions are extraordinary not only for their diversity but also for the way in which Bach reworked traditional musical forms and expanded the genre into new creative terrain – all in the space of one year between 1723 and 1724. Despite their technical challenges, these cantatas are among the Baroque composer’s most popular and frequently performed works.

Philippe Herreweghe, one of the few star conductors for early music, has chosen four cantatas from Bach’s first cantata year in Leipzig, which Bach composed specifically for his Leipzig ensemble and performed between New Year’s Day and the Feat of Epiphany in 1724. Herreweghe is conducting his world-famous ensemble, Collegium Vocale Gent, in the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

(00:00) Opening
(00:58) Welcome of conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent by Michael Maul, artistic director of the Bachfest Leipzig
(01:36) Interview with Philippe Herrewege on the four Bach cantatas
(15:14) Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65 (They will all come forth out of Sheba)
(30:32) Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73 (Lord, as you will, so let it be done with me)
(45:23) Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen, BWV 81 (Jesus sleeps, what shall I hope for?)
(1:02:40) Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190.1 (Sing a new song to the Lord)

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