Saturday, May 07, 2011

A long job

Founded in 2005, the J. S. Bach-Stiftung is in the process of performing Bach's complete vocal works -- an endeavour that will take until 2030 to complete. Every month, one of the over 200 cantatas is performed in Trogen, Switzerland. Recorded on DVD, the concerts are rounded out by introductory workshops and reflections on the music and text. The ensemble "Schola Seconda Pratica" and vocal soloists are conducted by Rudolf Lutz.

[Or, in the rather more appealing Google translation: The JS Bach Foundation has, to within about 25 years, the entire vocal work by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each month, played in Appenzell Trogen one of the more than 200 cantatas by Bach. All concerts, workshops and reflections appear on DVD, and the texts in book form.]

Here's a sample: it's Cantata BWV 185 - Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe [Merciful Heart of Eternal Love]

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