DO YOU LOVE BACH - OR HANDEL -
OR BOTH?


Three weeks of Baroque music
in authentic performance venues
Handel Festival Halle 27 MAY - 12 JUNE 2016
Leipzig Bach Festival 10–19 JUNE 2016

WELCOME TO CENTRAL GERMANY



In the historic heart of Germany, only one hour by train from Berlin, are the neighbouring cities of Leipzig and Halle (Saale). Music history was written in both cities. Two of the world’s most important composers lived here.

 

Both cities host opulent music festivals each year in June at historic locations of the musicians. Music lovers from around the world encounter international stars at the Handel Festival Halle and the Leipzig Bach Festival. 

 

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In memory of Handel: Halle market square (Saale).
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The St. Thomas Boys Choir is one of the oldest boys choirs in the world and takes the legacy of its famous cantor J. S. Bach to every corner of the world.
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The breathtakingly beautiful natural landscape of the Galgenberg Gorge plays host to “Bridges to Classic” and the closing concert every year.
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Musical city of Leipzig: Hardly another European city can claim as rich a musical heritage as the Saxon metropolis.
Händel-Festspiele Halle 27. MAy––12 JUNE 2016
ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA | GIOVANNI ANTONINI & IL GIARDINO ARMONICO | L’ARPEGGIATA | IAN BOSTRIGDE & ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT | CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN | Diego Fasolis | GABRIELI CONSORT & PLAYERS | DAVID HANSEN| Kammerorchester Basel | Paul McCreesh | DOROTHEE OBERLINGER | RIAS Kammerchor | LA RISONANZA | VALER SABADUS
Leipzig Bach Festival 10–19 JunE 2016
LES ARTS FLORISSANTS | BALTHASAR-NEUMANN-CHOR UND -ENSEMBLE | RICCARDO CHAILLY | MARIE-CLAUDE CHAPPUIS | WILLIAM CHRISTIE | CONCERTO KÖLN | ENGLISH BAROQUE SOLOISTS | SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER | Leipzig GEWANDHAUSORCHESTER | CHRISTINA LANDSHAMER | MONTEVERDI CHOIR | TREVOR PINNOCK | SOLOMON’S KNOT BAROQUE COLLECTIVE | ST. THOMAS BOYS CHOIR


PASSIONATE BAROQUE OPERAS



The programme features more than 100 events held over 17 days, including four staged opera productions, two oratorios and a ballet performance. The beloved arias will echo at authentic locations like the baptismal church of Handel in a series of festival concerts with international singing stars. Handels masterpieces can truly be “experienced” at the places of his youth and his early work. 

ORATORIOS AND CANTATAS



Johann Sebastian Bach composed his passions, the oratorios and a large part of the cantatas in Leipzig. These were performed for the first time in the main churches of St. Nicholas and St. Thomas. At the Leipzig Bach Festival, Bachs works can be experienced where they were originally performed. The major Bach performers of our time will play here, including Bachs own ensemble, the more than 800 years old St. Thomas’s Choir of Leipzig. Over 100 events are taking place over ten festival days. 

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Bach Festival concert in the Church of St. Nicholas in Leipzig, the origin of the peaceful Monday demonstrations of 1989.
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Staging of Handel’s opera “Alessandro” at the historic Goethe-Theater Bad-Lauchstädt.

MUSEUMS OF THE NEWEST GENERATION



George Frideric Handel –a great European, well-travelled, worldly, polyglot! His fascinating artist biography is presented in the home where Handel was born. Multimedia elements and sophisticated stage productions, such as the miniature Baroque theatre, bring the great son of the city to life. The exhibitor’s display is complemented by a major collection of historical music instruments and the historic Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Haus.

The Bach Museum is located in Leipzig directly opposite the Church of St. Thomas. It provides insights into the life and work of the Bach family in an interactive, multimedia exhibition. Precious manuscripts from the extensive holdings of the collection of the Bach-Archiv can also be admired here.

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The Handel House was extensively renovated and the prize-winning permanent exhibit “Handel – the European” opened in 2009.
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The cantor’s workplace: Baroque organ console at the Leipzig Bach Museum.

HANDEL FESTIVAL HALLE
27 MAY – 12 JUNE 2016

“History · Myth · Enlightenment”
28, 29 & 30 MAY 2016
Goethe Theatre, Bad Lauchstädt
Didone abbandonata
Musical direction: Wolfgang Katschner
A co-production by the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Handel Festival Halle and the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg

4 JUNE 2016
Carl Maria von Weber Theatre, Bernburg
Hippolyte et Aricie ou la Belle-Mère Amoureuse
Parody by Jean-Philippe Desrousseaux
Based on the opera “Hippolyte et Aricie”
by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Musical direction: Mira Glodeanu (violin)
A co-production by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, the Teatru Manoel (Malta), the Théâtre Montansier (Versailles) and the Vichy Opera

5 JUNE 2016
Marktkirche (Market Church) Halle
Gala concert with Gabrieli Consort & Players
Musical direction: Paul McCreesh
Gabrieli Consort & Players

9 JUNE 2016
Georg-Friedrich-Händel HALLE
Handel goes wild
Musical direction: Christina Pluhar (theorbo)
Soloists: Nuria Rial (soprano), Valer Sabadus (alto)
L’Arpeggiata

11 & 12 JUNE 2016
Goethe Theatre, Bad Lauchstädt
Publio Cornelio Scipione HWV 20
Musical direction: George Petrou
Armonia Atenea

[OVERALL PROGRAMME]



LEIPZIG BACH FESTIVAL
10––19 JUNE 2016
“Secrets of harmony”

11 JUNE 2016
St. Nicholas Church
No 14 – Latin and German church music
including J. S.Bach: Magnificat in E flat major
Solomon’s Knot baroque collective
Director: Jonathan Sells

12 JUNE 2016
Market Square
No 29 – Bach on air
Cameron Carpenter, organ

14 JUNE 2016
St. Thomas Church
No 49/50 – Nothing more perfect
J. S. Bach: Complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

16 JUNE 2016
St. Thomas Church
No 68 – Great passion
J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
Director: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

BACH FESTIVAL LEIPZIG PREMIÈRE
18 JUNE 2016
Cantata day
Eleven J. S. Bach cantatas in one day

19 JUNE 2016
St. Thomas Church
No 112 – Closing concert
J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor
Les Arts Florissants
Director: William Christie


[OVERALL PROGRAMME]




Changes to the programme may occur.

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Save the date:
 
HANDEL FESTIVAL HALLE 2017:
26 MAY – 11 JUNE

LEIPZIG BACH FESTIVAL 2017:
9 – 18 JUNE