Under the slogan "Court Composer Bach," this year's festival highlighted works written when Bach was engaged at various courts. The opening concert from the Bachfest pits three of his most popular works against music by Charpentier.


St Thomas' Church, Leipzig

St Thomas' Church, Leipzig Photo: Deutsche Welle Festival

BACH: Fantasy in G BWV 572; CHARPENTIER: Te Deum in D H146; BACH: Orchestral Suite No 3 in D BWV1068; MARCHAND: Pièces de Clavecin, Book 1; BACH & MARCHAND: French Suite No 5/Suite No 1, excerpts; BACH: Fugue for 2 harpsichords from Concerto in C BWV 1061a; FROBERGER: Toccata in D minor; BACH: Cantata No 110, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens 

Gesine Adler (soprano), Cornelia Samuelis (soprano), Elvira Bill (alto), Patrick Grahl (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass), Choir of St. Thomas' Leipzig, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Gotthold Schwarz, Ton Koopman (harpsichord), Andreas Staier (harpsichord), Ulrich Böhme (organ) 

Recorded St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig (Deutsche Welle)