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Bach Festivals & Cantata Series
J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen

Name:

J.S. Bach-Stiftung

Location:

St. Gallen, Switzerland

Venues:

Evangelische Kirche, Trogen, canton of Appenzell

Years:

Since 2006 (Cantata Series)

Months:

January-December (7-10 concerts per year; in each concert one cantata is performed)

Artistic Director:

Rudolf Lutz

Ensembles:

Choir and Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation (formerly Schola Seconda Pratica)

Website:

J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St Gallen
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History & Mission

Bach's Complete Vocal Works

The J.S. Bach Foundation (J.S. Bach-Stiftung) has embarked on a remarkable undertaking: over a period of some 25 years, the Foundation will perform the complete vocal works by J.S. Bach (1685-1750).
Each month, one of the over 200 Bach cantatas is performed in the idyllic town of Trogen in Appenzell, Switzerland. With a rhythm of 12 cantatas per year, the project is estimated to conclude in the year 2030. All introductory workshops, concerts and reflection lectures on the cantata texts are recorded on DVD and CD; the texts of the lectures are published in a continually expanding Bach Anthology.
The main aim of the J.S. Bach Foundation's ambitious project is to provide a living Bach experience for today's listeners and to deepen our understanding of the great composer's works. The artistic director of the foundation is Rudolf Lutz, who rehearses and conducts all performances with the choir, orchestra and solo vocalists.

A monumental project

Performance of the complete vocal works of Bach
One concert per month, with an estimated duration of 25 years
All concerts are performed on period instruments
With conductor Rudolf Lutz, a musical experience of the highest quality is guaranteed
Complementary workshops and reflection lectures on libretti and music
Every performance is released on DVD, the cantatas on CD and the texts appear in a Bach Anthology

The project is fully financed by private persons

Workshops

One and a half hours prior to the concert, conductor Rudolf Lutz and theologist Karl Graf give a workshop on the musical and theological background of the evening's cantata.

Concert evenings

Only one cantata is performed per concert – but, for that, it is played twice. To present the work in its context, each cantata is performed according to its place in the church calendar

Reflection lectures

Between the two cantata performances, a notable speaker from the sphere of culture, economics or politics gives a reflection lecture on the cantata’s libretto. This lends a new perspective the second hearing of the work.

Vocal works of J. S. Bach

The vocal works of J.S. Bach comprise over 200 cantatas, six motets, diverse mass settings, the Passions and the oratorios as well as the Mass in B minor.
The mere thought of condensing this - simply in terms of sheer quantity – monumental oeuvre into a single performance cycle is rather daunting. The demands in terms of quality are at least equally as intimidating due to Bach's exacting musical dictates and the inherent challenge of interpreting the works.
Bach's cantatas are, as a general rule, compositions of several movements composed for choir, orchestra and solo vocalists. The cantatas were originally performed in church services (the church cantatas) or at festive events (worldly cantatas).

International guest appearances and special concerts

In addition to their regular programme, the choir, orchestra and soloists of the J. S. Bach Foundation also present special concerts and perform as guests at renowned festivals such as the Bachfest 2012 in Leipzig, and the Internationale Bachfest in Schaffhausen. Please do not hesitate to contact our secretariat if you would be interested in engaging the Choir and Orchestra of the Bach Foundation for a special event.

Logo:

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014
 

Part 2: 2012- >

2006

Portrait 2008

2006 Oct-Dec

Oct 20, 2006
BWV 48

Nov 24, 2006
BWV 60

Dec 22, 2006
BWV 132

2007

2007 Mar-Dec

Mar 30, 2007
BWV 182

Apr 6, 2007
BWV 159

May 25, 2007
BWV 172

Jun 29, 2007
BWV 185

Aug 31, 2007
BWV 33

Oct 26, 2007
BWV 38

Dec 14, 2007
BWV 36

   
   

2008

2008 Jan-Jun

Jan 18, 2008
BWV 81

Feb 15, 2008
BWV 125

Mar 14, 2008
BWV 54

Apr 18, 2008
BWV 166

May 16, 2008
BWV 129

Jun 20, 2008
BWV 88

2008 Aug-Dec

Aug 22, 2008
BWV 78

Sep 19, 2008
BWV 169

Oct 24, 2008
BWV 139

Nov 21, 2008
BWV 140

Dec 19, 2008
BWV 63
   
   

2009

2009 Jan-Jun

Jan 16, 2009
BWV 155

Feb 13, 2009
BWV 18

Mar 13, 2009
BWV 23
Apr 17, 2009
BWV 42

May 29, 2009
BWV 34

Jun 26, 2009
BWV 135

Aug 28, 2009
BWV 35

Sep 25, 2009
BWV 161
Oct 23, 2009
BWV 180

Nov 20, 2009
BWV 26

Dec 18, 2009
BWV 191

Dec 30, 2009
BWV 243

 

   

2010

2010 Jan-Jun Jan 22, 2010
BWV 156

Feb 19, 2010
BWV 22

Mar 26, 2010
BWV 1

Apr 23, 2010
BWV 103

May 21, 2010
BWV 184
Jun 18, 2010
BWV 93

Jul-Dec 2010

Aug 20, 2010
BWV 137

Sep 10, 2010
BWV 138

Oct 22., 2010
BWV 109
Nov 19, 2010
BWV 90

Dec 17, 2010
BWV 57

Dec 30, 2010
BWV 243

 
 

2011

Jan 21, 2011
BWV 73

Feb 18, 2011
BWV 84

Mar 18, 2011
BWV 97
Apr 29, 2011
BWV 66
May 20, 2011
BWV 108

Jun 17, 2011
BWV 173

Aug 12, 2011
BWV 136

Sep 23, 2011
Bach im Fluss

Oct 21, 2011
BWV 96

Nov 19, 2011
BWV 55

Dec 9, 2011
BWV 51

Dec 30, 2011
BWV 243

 
 

 

Part 2: 2012- >

Source: J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen Website; Xoan Castineira (Vertriebs AG der J.S. Bach-Stiftung, July 2013)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (October 2009 - March 2014)

Rudolf Lutz: Short Biography | Choir & Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation | Recordings of Vocal Works: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 5 | J.S. Bach-Stiftung, St. Gallen
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