15 years of the J. S. Bach Foundation: anniversary concert

Streaming live from the Protestant church in Trogen, Switzerland.

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Rudolf Lutz performs with soprano Nuria Rial and baritone Manuel Walser

The J. S. Bach Foundation of St. Gallen is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a concert tour. The programme features three select cantatas by J. S. Bach with outstanding soloists in the main roles.


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Anniversary concert

The J. S. Bach Foundation of St. Gallen is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a concert tour. The programme features three select cantatas by J. S. Bach with outstanding soloists in the main roles.


7:00 P.M.

BWV 199 «Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut», BWV 82 «Ich habe genug», BWV 202 «Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten»


Recording location

Trogen, Switzerland // Protestant church


BWV 183 «Sie werden euch in den Bann tun»

1. Rezitativ ‒ Bass
«Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, es kömmt aber die Zeit, daß, wer euch tötet, wird meinen, er tue Gott einen Dienst daran.»

2. Arie ‒ Tenor
Ich fürchte nicht des Todes Schrecken,
ich scheue ganz kein Ungemach.
Denn Jesus’ Schutzarm wird mich decken,
ich folge gern und willig nach;
wollt ihr nicht meines Lebens schonen
und glaubt, Gott einen Dienst zu tun,
er soll euch selben noch belohnen,
wohlan, es mag dabei beruhn.

3. Rezitativ ‒ Alt
Ich bin bereit, mein Blut und armes Leben
vor dich, mein Heiland, hinzugeben,
mein ganzer Mensch soll dir gewidmet sein;
ich tröste mich, dein Geist wird bei mir stehen,
gesetzt, es sollte mir vielleicht zu viel geschehen.

4. Arie ‒ Sopran
Höchster Tröster, Heilger Geist,
der du mir die Wege weist,
darauf ich wandeln soll,
hilf meine Schwachheit mit vertreten,
denn von mir selber kann ich nicht beten,
ich weiß, du sorgest vor mein Wohl!

5. Choral
Du bist ein Geist, der lehret,
wie man recht beten soll;
dein Beten wird erhöret,
dein Singen klinget wohl.
Es steigt zum Himmel an,
es steigt und läßt nicht abe,
bis der geholfen habe,
der allein helfen kann.


  • Nuria Rial, soprano
  • Manuel Walser, bass

Ensemble of the J. S. Bach Foundation

Rudolf Lutz

Rudolf Lutz is not only a highly-regarded pedagogue who is able to explain complex compositional concepts in an accessible way, but also one of the world’s most renowned improvisors.

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Our sabbatical year of 2020 is drawing to a close. In 2021, we are determined to return to our regular concert acitivites. We owe this commitment to our project to perform and record the entire vocal oeuvre of J.S. Bach, we owe it to our artists, and we owe it to you – our loyal concertgoers from far and wide. Long live the concert experience!

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