A Bach Anniversary Celebration with Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists

March 20, 2019, 10:00 pm

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750), German musician and composer playing the organ, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum.

In celebration of the 334th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach on March 21 (Old Style,) we present the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir in a program of Bach’s infrequently performed cantatas. John Eliot Gardner, who founded both performance groups, conducts.

Recorded live in concert May 17, 2018 in Prague, in the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall, as part of the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

Thanks to Classical WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer tonight’s program as a stream from March 21 through April 19. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is available.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet! BWV 70, cantata
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 12, cantata
Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? BWV 81, cantata
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140, cantata

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor