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Bach in Leipzig

Sunday 11 May 2008 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

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


1 hour


KUHNAU Tristis est anima mea
The King's Consort/ Robert King
Track 29

JS BACH St Matthew Passion: Choral - O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gro?
Netherlands Chamber Choir/ Orchetsra of the 18th Century/ Franz Bruggen
Philips 454 4342
CD1 Track 29

TELEMANN Selige Erwagen des bittern Leidens und Sterbens Jesu Christi: Arie Jesus - Vater, Vater; Accompagnato Die Andacht - O Anblick
Berthold Possemeyer/ L'Arpa Festante Munchen/ Wolfgang Schafer
CD 1 Tracks 17, 18

JS BACH Concerto in A minor for 4 harpsichords, BWV 1065
Hogwood, Moroney, Rousset, Tilney (harpsichords)/The Academy of Ancient Music/ Hogwood
OISEAU LYRE 433 0532
Tracks 13-15

JS BACH B minor Mass: chorus - Kyrie Eleison
The Sixteen/ Orchestra of the Sixteen/ Christophers
CD 1 track 1

JS BACH First chorus from Cantata 192
Tolzer Knabenchor/ Schmidt-Gaden & Concertus musicus Wien/ Harnoncourt
TELDEC 2441932
Track 1

JS BACH Musical Offering: canon 4 from Canones divisi super Thema Regium
Ensemble Sonnerie
Track 6

JS BACH Chorale: Vor Deinen thron tret' ich, BWV 668
Ton Koopman
TELDEC 4509 944592
CD 1 Track 18

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