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Bach in Leipzig

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 March 2012

After his time working for Prince Leopold of Anhalt in Cöthen, Johann Sebastian Bach took a substantial drop in salary and public standing to work as Cantor in Leipzig. The role primarily involved teaching at St Thomas School, but also meant that Bach was responsible for the music in the German town's four churches. Lucie Skeaping takes a closer look at Bach's time in the German town, where Bach remained from 1723 until his death in 1750.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johann Kuhnau

    Johann Kuhnau Tristis est anima mea

    Performers: The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)

    HYPERION, CDA 67059

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    Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion: Choral - O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde groß

    Performers: Netherlands Chamber Choir, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Franz Bruggen (conductor)

    PHILIPS, 454 4342

  • Image for Georg Philipp Telemann

    Georg Philipp Telemann Selige Erwägen des bittern Leidens und Sterbens Jesu Christi: Arie Jesus - Vater, Vater; A

    Performers: Berthold Possemeyer, L’Arpa Festante Munchen, Wolfgang Schafer (director)

    AMATI, SRR 8905/2

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in A minor for 4 harpsichords, BWV.1065

    Performers: Christopher Hogwood, Davitt Moroney, Christophe Rousset, Colin Tilney (harpsichords), The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (director)

    OISEAU LYRE, 433 0532

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B minor: chorus – Kyrie Eleison

    Performers: The Sixteen, Orchestra of the Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)


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    Johann Sebastian Bach First chorus from Cantata, BWV.192

    Performers: Tölzer Knabenchor, Schmidt-Gaden & Concertus musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    TELDEC, 2441932

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Musical Offering: canon 4 from Canones divisi super Thema Regium

    Performers: Ensemble Sonnerie


  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Chorale: Vor Deinen thron tret' ich, BWV.668

    Performer: Ton Koopman (organ)

    TELDEC, 4509 944592



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