Another edition of a festival devoted exclusively to the greatest genius of Baroque music
To love music is to love Johann Sebastian Bach, and if there is one festival above all the rest that places that genius of the German Baroque on an altar, it’s Bachcelona, which is all set to begin another edition, the 17th since it began back in 2011 as an expansion on the already-existing Bach Zum Mitsingen programme, whose aim was to perform the complete cycle of J.S. Bach cantatas. This season we can hear BWV 191, 29, 46, 210 and 171, on July 19 and 20 at the Petit Palau, though the whole week of the 2017 edition of Bachcelona, from July 19 to 25, is going to be packed with Bach-oriented activities.
The programme is very extensive, so let’s focus on some of the highlights. For example, the inaugural concert at the Palau de la Música will be the first part of a program titled 'Origin of the Great Mass': a selection of the sources Bach used to compose his own monumental 'Mass in B Minor'; the second part will take place the following day. In addition to this, Bachcelona's full program is enriched with the series 'Dialogues of Modernity', in which a link is drawn between Bach and figures like Britten and Shostakovich, as well as Bach for children, silent films accompanied by Bach's music and a lecture by musicologist Ton Koopman. In short, the end of July in Barcelona will be 100% Bach.
You’ll find more information, as well as ticket sales on the Bachcelona website.
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