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14 years of the J. S. Bach Foundation – favourite works from Bach's vocal oeuvre

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14 years of the J. S. Bach Foundation – favourite works from Bach's vocal oeuvre


6:45 P.M.

Welcome address and introductory remarks

7:00 until 8:00 P.M.

A "parlando" with Rudolf Lutz, Konrad Hummler and Xoan Castineira on the 25-year project of the Foundation, their favourite works, tonalities and affects.


Concert location

Teufen AR


Angela Hewitt

Postponed – but not cancelled

The British authorities have now introduced quarantine requirements for travellers from Switzerland. For this reason, it is no longer possible for Angela Hewitt to travel for the planned "Angela meets Ruedi" programme. We ask for your understanding and will do all we can to offer the programme on another date.

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.

The project of the J. S. Bach Foundation

The J.S. Bach Foundation is performing the entire vocal oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach in an ambitious concert cycle lasting around 25 years. The project was initiated in 1999 by musician Ruldolf Lutz and entrepreneur Konrad Hummler, and the first concert took place in 2006. Through its concerts and activities, the J.S. Bach Foundation strives to provide a living experience of Bach's music and to promote a deeper understanding of the great composer's oeuvre. A core goal of the J. S. Bach Foundation is to raise the profile of Bach's vocal works. To this end, the Foundation established the "Bachipedia" platfom to reach even more people – especially the young – and to share the cultural assets it has cultivated over the years.

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. He will present his live streams in English in order to best serve our large internet community.

Konrad Hummler

In 1999, Konrad Hummler personally funded and established the J.S. Bach Foundation of St. Gallen, a cultural organisation dedicated to performing the entire vocal oeuvre of J.S. Bach and documenting the concerts in audio and video recordings. His commitment to the project will occupy him until 2027.

Xoán Castiñeira

Xoán Castiñeira first studied piano then completed a master’s degree in musicology. After several years of performing as a concert artist, he purused a career in cultural management; today he is executive director of the J. S. Bach St. Gallen AG. In this role, Xoán Castiñeira is especially fascinated by the local and international dimensions of the foundation's work and the demand for excellence in both artistic and business matters.

Other streaming events

  • 23 October 2020, 18.45 – Special guest: Michael Maul
  • 20 November 2020, 18.45 – CD launch, Christmas Oratorio, with special guest Meinrad Walter
  • 18 December 2020, 18.45 – Christmas songs with the vocal quartet of the J. S. Bach Foundation

Cantata performances of the J.S. Bach Foundation

Our cantata performances have been postponed until the end of the Covid crisis. We hope to resume our concert activities in January 2021.

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