Based on the analysis of important parameters, we came to the bitter but clear decision to shelve the entire year 2020 for the regular productions of our foundation. Throughout the year 2020 we will stay in touch with you with monthly live streams.
Our continuing administrative work, the streaming recordings and the preparations for the resumption of work in 2021 are a great financial burden for us, while our income is gone. This is why we are urgently asking our patrons and friends to continue supporting us. Find out more
No cantata performance is now possible.
but we'll stream anyway!
Johann Sebastian Bach – the man behind the music
Informative, interesting and amusing anecdotes from the life of J. S. Bach (Streaming in German with English summaries)
Welcome address and introductory remarks
7:00 until 8:00 P.M.
Michael Maul, Stefan Haupt and Rudolf Lutz in conversation about the life of J. S. Bach
Stein (AR) // Evangelische Kirche
BWV 183 «Sie werden euch in den Bann tun»
1. Rezitativ ‒ Bass
«Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, es kömmt aber die Zeit, daß, wer euch tötet, wird meinen, er tue Gott einen Dienst daran.»
2. Arie ‒ Tenor
Ich fürchte nicht des Todes Schrecken,
ich scheue ganz kein Ungemach.
Denn Jesus’ Schutzarm wird mich decken,
ich folge gern und willig nach;
wollt ihr nicht meines Lebens schonen
und glaubt, Gott einen Dienst zu tun,
er soll euch selben noch belohnen,
wohlan, es mag dabei beruhn.
3. Rezitativ ‒ Alt
Ich bin bereit, mein Blut und armes Leben
vor dich, mein Heiland, hinzugeben,
mein ganzer Mensch soll dir gewidmet sein;
ich tröste mich, dein Geist wird bei mir stehen,
gesetzt, es sollte mir vielleicht zu viel geschehen.
4. Arie ‒ Sopran
Höchster Tröster, Heilger Geist,
der du mir die Wege weist,
darauf ich wandeln soll,
hilf meine Schwachheit mit vertreten,
denn von mir selber kann ich nicht beten,
ich weiß, du sorgest vor mein Wohl!
Du bist ein Geist, der lehret,
wie man recht beten soll;
dein Beten wird erhöret,
dein Singen klinget wohl.
Es steigt zum Himmel an,
es steigt und läßt nicht abe,
bis der geholfen habe,
der allein helfen kann.
Michael Maul, born in 1978 in Leipzig, is Senior Scholar in the research department of the Leipzig Bach Archive. He was conferred a doctoral degree in 2006 for his award-winning dissertation on Baroque opera in Leipzig from 1693 to 1720, and in 2013, he received his postdoctoral qualification (habilitation) for his monograph on the history of Leipzig’s St Thomas School; the work was awarded the international humanities prize of the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. Since 2015, Michael Maul has been head of programming and, since May 2018, intendant of the Leipzig Bachfest. In his work, he is committed to making current research in musicology accessible to a broad audience through discussion events and radio programmes.
Born in Zurich in 1961, Stefan Haupt has worked as a film director since 1989. In his earlier career, he was active as a musician and directed the Zurich choir “Chor Lunis” for five years. His feature film debut, “Utopia Blues”, won the 2001 Swiss Film Prize, and his 2003 film “Elisabeth Kübler-Ross” is widely considered one of the most successful Swiss documentaries. Other notable achievements include “Der Kreis” (The circle, 2014), which received multiple awards at the Berlinale and was awarded the 2015 Swiss Film Prize for “best screenplay” and for “best film”. His period film “Zwingli” was the most successful Swiss film of 2019 at box offices in Switzerland. In November 2020, his new film “Zürcher Tagebuch” (Zurich diary) will open in Swiss cinemas. He is currently working on a project entitled “B A C H – Dass meine Augen sehen Dich” (B A C H – That my eyes may see you), a film exploring the last eighteen months in the life of J. S. Bach.
Rudolf Lutz is not only regarded in the music world as an eloquent pedagogue, able to explain complex compositional contexts in a vivid way, but he is also one of the most sought-after improvisers worldwide. He will give his presentation in English to do justice to our large Internet community.
Other streaming events
- 20 November 2020, 18.45 – CD launch, Christmas Oratorio, with special guest Meinrad Walter
- 18 December 2020, 18.45 – Christmas songs with the vocal quartet of the J. S. Bach Foundation
Cantata performances of the J.S. Bach Foundation
Our cantata performances will be postponed until the end of the covid crisis. We hope to resume our performing activities in January 2021.
Live streaming archive
Have you missed a live stream or would you like to watch and listen to a performance again?
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World heritage music — commentary and arrangements
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Rudolf Lutz demonstrated on the organ that the movements of the cantata BWV 4 “Christ lag in Todesbanden” could also be interpreted as chorale preludes.
Rudolf Lutz now as a one-man ensemble: Introduction to the cantata BWV 106 at the keyboard, organ concert in the form of an improvisation based on the “Actus Tragicus”