Bach in Context – unheard authentic
Cd recordings in the Johann Sebastian Bachkirche in Arnstadt, September 2011
The project Bach in Context
Musica Amphion and the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam will join forces from 2012. We will be working together on the Bach in Context project, in which the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach are performed and recorded in a new way. We combine these works in one programme together with liturgic and/or concert repertoire by Bach (or sometimes other composers) which makes the context of the cantatas audible immediately. Because of this programming, our audiences will hear the popular repertoire from a new point of view. We use the church organ as a continuo instrument where possible and employ recent insights on performance practice. The latter means that we often use a single voice choir and a double continuo, consisting of both organ and harpsichord.
The Martinikerk of Groningen and the Govert van Wijnstichting (related to the Grote Kerk of Maassluis) have committed themselves to the project in a partnership of several years. Each programme will be performed in these two churches, and in the Waalse Kerk of Amsterdam.
Thanks to the financial support of the MWH Foundation and NFPK+ this project has had a flying start, with the CD recordings of the Jesu Meine Freude programme in the Johann Sebastian Bachkirche in the German city of Arnstadt in September 2011.