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No cantata performance is now possible.

but we'll stream anyway!

Christmas singing with vocal quartet

Live streaming event from the Protestant church in Stein, Switzerland, with the Vocal Quartet of the J. S. Bach Foundation and Rudolf Lutz at the organ


6:45 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

An evening of select vocal works by Bach, improvisations and pleasant surprises. You are most welcome to sing along – just download the songbook with the scores.

7:00 until 8:00 P.M.

CD launch – Christmas Oratorio 248; with special guest, Meinrad Walter, musicologist


Recording location

Stein, Switzerland // Protestant church


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!

5. Choral
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.

Vocal Quartet of the J. S. Bach Foundation

  • Jessica Jans, soprano
  • Jan Börner, countertenor
  • Zacharie Fogal, tenor
  • Daniel Pérez, bass

Rudolf Lutz

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.

Other streaming events

  • 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 sabbatical year of 2020 is drawing to a close. In 2021, we are determined to return to our regular concert acitivites. We owe this commitment to our project to perform and record the entire vocal oeuvre of J.S. Bach, we owe it to our artists, and we owe it to you – our loyal concertgoers from far and wide. Long live the concert experience!

Live streaming archive

Have you missed a live stream or would you like to watch and listen to a performance again?

18.12.2020 // BWV

streaming live from the Protestant church in Stein, Switzerland

20.11.2020 // BWV 248

Celebrating the release of our double CD recording

23.10.2020 // BWV

Informative, interesting and amusing anecdotes from the life of J. S. Bach

18.09.2020 // BWV

14 years of the J. S. Bach Foundation – favourite works from Bach’s vocal oeuvre

23.08.2020 // BWV

Forgiveness – not condemnation, or: Peter and the contemporary culture of outrage

21.08.2020 // BWV

World heritage music — commentary and arrangements

19.06.2020 // BWV


15.05.2020 // BWV 183

or: How to resolve enharmonic confusion?

17.04.2020 // BWV 4

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.

20.03.2020 // BWV 106

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”