IX TALLINN BACH MUSIC FESTIVAL 

Sponsors of the festival:

 

Tallinn City Government
Tallinn Culture Department
The Ministry of Culture of Estonia
Cultural Endowment of Estonia

 

Partners:

 

Estonian Chamber Music Society
Art Museum of Estonia

 

Artistic Director Andres Uibo

Producer Kaia Lattikas

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BachFest 2020 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 J.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).

 

 

Download Festival Programme in PDF

 

 

Since St. Anthony’s Chapel is currently hosting the exhibition “Virgin Mary. Woman, Mother, Queen”, which represents the most valuable works of art from the Middle Ages from Estonia and Latvia, the Chapel is only open during museum working hours. All the concerts take place in the large hall.

Concerts

ARETE KERGE, soprano

MARI-LIIS UIBO, violin

MARIA NESTERENKO, viola

AARNE TALVIK, bass

ANDRES UIBO, organ

BACHFEST, chamber choir

CONCERTO BACHFEST, chamber orchestra

KA BO CHAN, countertenor, conductor

Program:

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Die Himmel rühmen des Ewigen Ehre for Choir and Organ

Adagio assai for organ from the cycle Fünf Stücke für Flötenuhr

 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue / Jubelfuge, BWV 541

Cantata Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29

 

 

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1750) / Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935 )

Passacaglia in g minor for violin and viola

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sinfonia concertante, KV 364 for violin, viola and orchestra

Not Brook but Ocean should be his name.

Ludwig van Beethoven
("Bach" is the German word for "brook")

 

 

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!”

EDOUARD OGANESSIAN, France

 

Program:

Bach, Krebs, Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

OKSANA SINKOVA, flute

OLEV AINOMÄE, oboe

PEETER SARAPUU, bassoon

IVO SILLAMAA, clavicembalo

BACHFEST CONSORT, instrumental ensemble

 

Program:

Bach, Vivaldi

INDREK VAU, trompet

PIRET AIDULO, organ

SILVIA ILVES, cello

Program:

Bach, Telemann

ORGAN DUO DINA IKHINA ja DENIS MAKHANKOV, Russia

KARL JOHANN LATTIKAS, marimba

JAAK SOOÄÄR, electric guitar

IVO SILLAMAA, clavicembalo

 

Program:

Bach

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

Program:

Bach, 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?

JOZEF KOTOWICZ, Poland

Program:

Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

ARVO LEIBUR, violin

AARE TAMMESALU, cello

IVO SILLAMAA, clavicembalo

BACHFEST CONSORT, instrumental ensemble

Program:

J.S.Bach, C.F.E.Bach, Vivaldi

Since St. Anthony's Chapel is currently hosting the exhibition "Virgin Mary. Woman, Mother, Queen", which represents the most valuable works of art from the Middle Ages from Estonia and Latvia, the Chapel is only open during museum working hours. All the concerts take place in the large hall.

KRISTI MÜHLING, Estonian zither

KIRILL OGORODNIKOV, guitar

ANDREAS LEND, cello

ARETE KERGE, soprano

KA BO CHAN, countertenor

BACHFEST CONSORT, instrumental ensemble

Program:

Bach, Handel

Since St. Anthony's Chapel is currently hosting the exhibition "Virgin Mary. Woman, Mother, Queen", which represents the most valuable works of art from the Middle Ages from Estonia and Latvia, the Chapel is only open during museum working hours. All the concerts take place in the large hall.

ANDRES UIBO, Estonia

JOHAN LUIJMES, Holland

TOOMAS TRASS, Estonia

EDOUARD OGANESSIAN, France

JOZEF KOTOWICZ, Poland

DENIS MAKHANKOV, Russia

 

Program:

Bach

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.