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Bach, a Life in Music II



Bach, a Life in Music II


Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction



Miriam ALLAN, soprano - (except at the Ambronay Festival)
Hannah MORRISON, soprano - (Festival d'Ambronay)
Maarten ENGELTJES, counter-tenor
Thomas HOBBS, tenor
Edward GRINT, bass


Johann Sebastian BACH - Cantata “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen” BWV 182

Johann Sebastian BACH - Cantata “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” BWV 12

Johann Sebastian BACH - Cantata "Widerstehe doch der Sünde" BWV 54

Johann Sebastian BACH - Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 61

"Bach, a Life in Music", second era: Weimar

"Bach's early cantatas are often conceived for the very limited musical resources he had at his disposal. They are not monumental works, but rather vocal pieces for a few singers and an ensemble of soloists, which were probably performed with a similar number of musicians to the one gathered for this concert. (...) They are also - surprisingly, considering the composer's youth and relative inexperience - some of his most beautiful and famous works." Paul Agnew
"True to form, Les Arts Florissants make a three-century-old sacred music alive and vibrant to the ears of a lay audience." Bachtrack 

As a connoisseur of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Paul Agnew invites us to delve into the musical universe of the "Leipzig Cantor" through a series of concerts that follow the life of the composer. After a first episode devoted to the cantatas composed by Bach during his stays in Arnstadt (1703-1706) and Mühlhausen (1706-1708), the adventure continues in Weimar... 

And at the Philharmonie de Paris, the audience will be exceptionally involved in the concert, as part of a participatory encore!

Listen to the podcast produced with Philharmonie de Paris

Concert recorded by France Musique radio at the Philharmonie de Paris France Musique FM CMJN F


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Previous dates

Season 2023-24

Evron / France

  • Monday, July 10 2023, 9pm, Festival d'arts sacrés
Season 2022-23

Barcelone / Spain
Palau de la Musica

  • Wednesday, May 17 2023, 8pm

Paris / France
Philharmonie de Paris

  • Monday, May 15 2023, 8pm

Ambronay / France

  • Saturday, September 17 2022, 8.30pm, Festival d'Ambronay

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