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Page   Leipzig   (Home page)

Page 2   Four slide-shows containing 120 graphics.  Click 2. Slide Shows 

 Page 3  Articles on Bach topics.  Click. Bach Articles 

Page 4  The Chaconne.  Click  4. The Chaconne 

Page 5  Downloadable Transcriptions.  Click 5. Transcriptions

Page 6  Contact              Click   6. Contact

Page 7  A  Playlist  of 50 videos     Click  Playlist  (at the top of this page ) 

                                                                                or alternatively click : An All-Bach Playlist PDF.pdf
 

 

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 Leipzig in Pictures 

 

 Leipzig as it was in Bach's time. The St Thomas School building in the centre has been demolished.  

The Bach statue outside the Thomaskirche.

The Hausmann portrait from 1746.

    The chancel  of  the  Thomaskirche. Bach's grave is in the centre aisle.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner 

 Aria: 'Tief gebuckt und voller Reue' from Cantata 199, John Eliot Gardiner, the  Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. Click:    1. Aria Cantata 199       

And from Part One of the Christmas Oratorio, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir  perform from Jauchzet froh locket.  Click: 2.  Part 1 Christmas Oratorio

 

The chancel showing the baptismal font.

The west gallery  where almost all cantata performances take place. 

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In 1992 Georg-Christoph Biller became the 16th Cantor to succeed J.S.Bach. In the following link he directs the Thomanenchor in an extract from the St Matthew Passion:   3. Have Lightnings and Thunders their fury forgotten?  

 

 A documentary film of the day-to-day life at the Thomaskirche choir school is available in three parts:  Part  One: 4. Thomanerchor  Part Two :  5. Thomanerchor Part 2    Part Three :  6. Thomanerchor 3

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In  2000 a new organ was built in the north gallery by Gerald Woehl of  Marburg. A short film demonstrating this instrument can be viewed from the following link:  7.  2000 organ 

                              

The organist of the Thomaskirche is Ullrich Böhme.To view a performance by Böhme of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the new  Woehl instrument, click   Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Ullrich Böhme)                                         

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 Johann Sebastian Bach's grave.

The Thomaskirche from the west; and a line drawing of Bach from about the time of his appointment as Cantor in 1723.

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 Quick links to other pages:  

2. Slide Shows 

3.  Articles

4. The Chaconne

5. Transcriptions

    6. Contact 

 

  For the Playlist go to page 7 (at the top of this page)


 

45.  Badinerie from Suite No 2 in B minor,  Emina Huskic aged 10  Badinerie

 

46. Annie Zhou Two-part invention No. 13 in A minor Annie Zhou age 8   Invention BWV 784

 

47.  Chromatic Fantasia Fugue in D minor  Andras Schiff      Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue 

 

                                                   

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48.  Partita No 2  Martha Argerich at the Verbier Festival 

                       

 Martha Argerich

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49. The six organ trio sonatas BWV 525 — 530 were thought to have been written originally for pedal harpsichord. There follows a recording of No. 1 in E flat played by Stefan Palm on an instrument made in Paris in 1786.       E flat Trio Sonata 

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  Mstislav Rostropovich, (1927 - 2007)

 

 50. Rostropovich plays the Prelude from the Fifth Suite for Unaccompanied Cello  Prelude to 5th suite  

51.  Rostropovich plays the Gavotte and Gigue from the Sixth Suite     Gavotte and Gigue

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Brandenburg Concertos 

 

Another marvel of history is that the six Brandenburg Concertos were not lost. They were an unsolicited gift to the Margrave of Brandenburg, yet the package of manuscripts remained unopened and unacknowledged. A century or more later they were found, and we are the beneficiaries. 

 

                                                                             

 The Margrave of Brandenburg 

 

52.  Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D (lst mvt.),  Karl Richter and Münchener Bach Orchester  Brandenburg 5

 

53.  Brandenburg Concerto  No. 2, Basel Radio-infonieorchestra Brandenburg 2 (3rd) 

 

54. Six Brandenburg Concertos Freiburg Baroque Orchestra All Six Brandeburgs

 

 57.  Brandenburg Concerto  No. 6 arranged for cello ensemble and played by Cellomania Croatia Brandenburg 6 for cellos 

 

   

Orchestral Recordings

 

58Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, St Petersburg Conservatory Chamber  Orchestra  Bach Double Violin Concerto 

59.  Passacaglia in C minor,BWV 582  orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936) performed at a Prom Conducted by Andrew Litton                      C minor Passacaglia

  Cantatas

60. Alto and Tenor duet from Kantate BWV 63 'Christen ätzet diesen Tag'  Cantata 63 Duet 

 

61.  Aria 'Schlafe mein Liebster' from Christmas Oratorio, Laura Heimes and San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Aria from Christmas Oratorio


62. Cantata 'Gott ist mein König', Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, St Mary’s Muhausen  
BWV 71 Mvts. 1 & 2 

 

63 Cantata 'Nun komm der heiden Heiland'  Harnoncourt, Ian Bostridge,  Concentus Musicus Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg Choir.  BWV 61 Nr.3

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Choir and Orchestra
 
64.  Nicholas Harnoncourt Magnificat Gloria    Gloria from Magnificat
 
65.  St Matthew Passion, Philip Herreweghe 
 
66. Osanna from B minor Mass Notre Dame chorus John Nelson  Osanna
 
67. Sanctus from B minor Mass.  Karl Richter Sanctus B minor Mass 

                      

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68. B minor Mass Karl Richter and Munich Bach Orchestra Et Resurrexit 

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 The work of Continental musicians have dominated this site but Britain can be proud of its foremost Bach scholar and conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner who performed all 198 surviving cantatas in the year 2000 to mark the the 250th anniversary of Bach's death. 

 

69. A fitting end to this collection of video films is an extract from the  Christmas Oratorio .  Gardiner and the  Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra perform the opening chorus of Part V:  Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen  Opening chorus of Part V   filmed in Weimar where, in 1703, Bach had his first employment as a violinist at the ducal court.

 

70. Sir John Eliot Gardiner in rehearsal at the start of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage : Cantata Pilgrimage 1

  

 

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44. Goldberg Variations  An early Andras Shciff film of Part 1 of the Goldberg Variations

 

45.  Badinerie from Suite No 2 in B minor,  Emina Huskic aged 10  Badinerie

 

46. Annie Zhou Two-part invention No. 13 in A minor Annie Zhou age 8   Invention BWV 784

 

47.  Chromatic Fantasia Fugue in D minor  Andras Schiff      Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue 

 

                                                   

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48.  Partita No 2  Martha Argerich at the Verbier Festival 

                       

 Martha Argerich

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49. The six organ trio sonatas BWV 525 — 530 were thought to have been written originally for pedal harpsichord. There follows a recording of No. 1 in E flat played by Stefan Palm on an instrument made in Paris in 1786.       E flat Trio Sonata 

                                                              _________________________________

  Mstislav Rostropovich, (1927 - 2007)

 

 50. Rostropovich plays the Prelude from the Fifth Suite for Unaccompanied Cello  Prelude to 5th suite  

51.  Rostropovich plays the Gavotte and Gigue from the Sixth Suite     Gavotte and Gigue

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Brandenburg Concertos 

 

Another marvel of history is that the six Brandenburg Concertos were not lost. They were an unsolicited gift to the Margrave of Brandenburg, yet the package of manuscripts remained unopened and unacknowledged. A century or more later they were found, and we are the beneficiaries. 

 

                                                                             

 The Margrave of Brandenburg 

 

52.  Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D (lst mvt.),  Karl Richter and Münchener Bach Orchester  Brandenburg 5

 

53.  Brandenburg Concerto  No. 2, Basel Radio-infonieorchestra Brandenburg 2 (3rd) 

 

54. Six Brandenburg Concertos Freiburg Baroque Orchestra All Six Brandeburgs

 

 57.  Brandenburg Concerto  No. 6 arranged for cello ensemble and played by Cellomania Croatia Brandenburg 6 for cellos 

 

   

Orchestral Recordings

 

58Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, St Petersburg Conservatory Chamber  Orchestra  Bach Double Violin Concerto 

59.  Passacaglia in C minor,BWV 582  orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936) performed at a Prom Conducted by Andrew Litton                      C minor Passacaglia

  Cantatas

60. Alto and Tenor duet from Kantate BWV 63 'Christen ätzet diesen Tag'  Cantata 63 Duet 

 

61.  Aria 'Schlafe mein Liebster' from Christmas Oratorio, Laura Heimes and San Francisco Early Music Ensemble Aria from Christmas Oratorio


62. Cantata 'Gott ist mein König', Michaelstein Telemann Chamber Orchestra, St Mary’s Muhausen  
BWV 71 Mvts. 1 & 2 

 

63 Cantata 'Nun komm der heiden Heiland'  Harnoncourt, Ian Bostridge,  Concentus Musicus Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg Choir.  BWV 61 Nr.3

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Choir and Orchestra
 
64.  Nicholas Harnoncourt Magnificat Gloria    Gloria from Magnificat
 
65.  St Matthew Passion, Philip Herreweghe 
 
66. Osanna from B minor Mass Notre Dame chorus John Nelson  Osanna
 
67. Sanctus from B minor Mass.  Karl Richter Sanctus B minor Mass 

                      

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68. B minor Mass Karl Richter and Munich Bach Orchestra Et Resurrexit 

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 The work of Continental musicians have dominated this site but Britain can be proud of its foremost Bach scholar and conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner who performed all 198 surviving cantatas in the year 2000 to mark the the 250th anniversary of Bach's death. 

 

69. A fitting end to this collection of video films is an extract from the  Christmas Oratorio .  Gardiner and the  Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra perform the opening chorus of Part V:  Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen  Opening chorus of Part V   filmed in Weimar where, in 1703, Bach had his first employment as a violinist at the ducal court.

 

70. Sir John Eliot Gardiner in rehearsal at the start of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage : Cantata Pilgrimage 1

  

 

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