With his appointment as Thomas cantor in Leipzig Johann Sebastian Bach achieved the post of his lifetime in which his artistic, religious and pedagogical preferences came together. He immediately created a completely new repertoire for the main churches of St Thomas and St Nicholas with masterful cantatas each week and his great passions. Later when he got into dispute with the town council, his enthusiasm for the post waned and he opted to spend more time on piano and organ works, extending his broad reputation as a keyboard virtuoso. Additionally, he taught a huge number of students, enjoyed the authority of “town director of music” and took pleasure in regular appearances in the coffee house with his collegium musicum. “The Art of Fugue” and the magnificent B Minor Mass appeared at the end of an incredibly rich and eventful life.
Whether it is live from St Thomas church or as a recording to re-watch: Our concerts offer Bach in all his variety, with the best performers in historic locations – and always worth to be discovered.
Cantatas and Concertos with La Voce Strumentale from Moscow
Philippe Herreweghe conducts Bach - for a film without words
An intimate chamber music performance in Missouri (USA)