Sponsors of the festival:
Estonian Chamber Music Society
Art Museum of Estonia
Artistic Director Andres Uibo
Producer Kaia Lattikas
IX TALLINN BACH MUSIC FESTIVAL BACHFEST 2020
It has grown from the series of daily organ concerts which are held during the 1st week of January. The concerts programs present organ, instrumental, orchestral, choral, vocal and Christmas cantatas works by Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival concerts will take place in the large concert hall of the Niguliste Museum (Church of St. Nicholas) and the St. Anthony Chapel of this museum, where the most famous work of art in Tallinn has been preserved and is currently displayed – the fragment of the original wide painting of Bernt Notke’s Dance Macabre (Dance of Death).
During the festival concerts the audience will have a chance to listen not only to I.S.Bach’s masterpieces, but also to the works by other famous composers performed by musicians from Estonia, France, Poland, Holland, and Russia.
Besides, the listeners will also meet with Bach the improviser. The true story about the failed musical duel of Johann Sebastian Bach with his contemporary – the French composer, organist and harpsichordist Louis Marchand – will “tell us” organists Thomas Trass (Estonia) and Eduard Oganessian (France).
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ARETE KERGE, soprano
MARI-LIIS UIBO, violin
MARIA NESTERENKO, viola
AARNE TALVIK, bass
ANDRES UIBO, organ
BACHFEST, chamber choir
CONCERTO BACHFEST, kammerorkester
KA BO CHAN, countertenor, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre
1770-1827 Choir and Organ
Adagio assai organ
from the cycle "Fünf Stücke für Flötenuhr" nr. 3
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude ja fugue / Jubelfuge BWV 541
Cantata "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir" BWV 29
Georg Friedrich Händel
Johan Halvorsen Passacaglia g-moll
1864-1935 violin and viola
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia concertante KV 364
1756-1791 violin, viola and orchestra
Not Brook but Ocean should be his name.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
("Bach" is the German word for "brook")
Ludwig van Beethoven
n 2020, the world marks the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. Therefore, it is very symbolic to start the festival with a work by Beethoven. While Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music gives a special sparkle to the New Year's concert. It is known that when Mozart got one of Bach's manuscripts during his visit to Leipzig, he said: “Once in a while I see that there is something to learn!”
ORGAN DUO DINA IKHINA ja DENIS MAKHANKOV, Russia
KARL JOHANN LATTIKAS, marimba
JAAK SOOÄÄR, electric guitar
IVO SILLAMAA, hammerklavier
More than 300 years have passed since Johann Sebastian Bach was born.
However, Bach's music sounds great on the instruments that didn't exist during his lifetime, such as the vibraphone and hammer piano, not to mention the electric guitar..
EDUARD TOMAN, narrator
TOOMAS TRASS, organ / Johann Sebastian Bach
EDOUARD OGANESSIAN, organ / Louis Marchand
In 1717, Louis Marchand, a Frenchman regarded as the world's best organist and most famous composer, arrived in Dresden in Germany. So he thought himself.
Some friends agreed to organize a Marchand-Bach competition. Marchand, confident in his victory, spent time in pubs having fun. At the same time Bach practiced. However, the day before the competition, Marchand happened to visit the church where Bach was practicing. After having heard Bach play, Marchand with his large entourage left Dresden the same day and returned to Paris without taking part in the competition. Morality tale, right?
ANDRES UIBO, Estonia
JOHAN LUIJMES, Holland
TOOMAS TRASS, Estonia
EDOUARD OGANESSIAN, France
JOZEF KOTOWICZ, Poland
DENIS MAKHANKOV, Russia
Six organists alternate between the main organ and the chorus organ, performing one of Bach's central organ collections "Little Organ Book", with 45 different choral preludes that take us directly to the center of Bach’s spiritual world.