»Vita Christi« • June 14–23, 2013
For the first time, an organiser has dared to draw theological, dramaturgical and compositional lay lines between Bach’s great oratorical works in the programme of a festival. The Christmas Oratorio, the St. John Passion and the Easter and Ascension Oratorios form together a grand oratorio project which must have been a highlight in the musical life of Leipzig in 1734/1735. On a total of three concert evenings, these scenes from the vita Christi will be presented in Bach’s unique musical realization. The oratorios will be directed by Trevor Pinnock and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
The Bible stories of the life of Jesus Christ inspired many composers to write original works. In this context, you will also be hearing works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann. All the musical services are dedicated to the motto »Vita Chisti«: Every day, cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed that illustrate the life of Christ. Tried and tested concert series such as »For Connoisseurs and Enthusiasts«, »Bach out and about«, »BACHmosphere « and the »b@ch for us!« programme for children, young people and families, offer all kinds of reasons to spend some time in Leipzig with its authentic historic Bach places.
The pre-sale for the Bachfest Leipzig 2013 has started. We look forward to seeing you!
The Bachfest is partner festival of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.