Friday, October 2, 2009

Bach at its best

NEW HAVEN - Masaaki Suzuki, the renowned conductor and Bach scholar, will conduct the Yale Schola Cantorum in a concert of Bach motets and cantatas at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at St. Mary’s Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave.

The concert, Maestro Suzuki’s first as newly-appointed director of Yale Schola Cantorum, will include Singet dem Herrn BWV 225; Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229; Jesu, der du meine Seele BWV 78; and Ein Feste Burg BWV 80, organizers said in a statement.
Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained their music director since, taking them regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA, and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances, the statement said.

He now regularly is invited to work together with renowned European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester, with whom he visited several European capitals, and recently appeared in London with the Britten Sinfonia in a program of Britten, Mozart and Stravinsky, it said.

Forthcoming engagements with other ensembles include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras.
Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label, featuring Bach’s complete works for harpsichord, and his interpretations of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan, of which he has already completed over forty volumes of a project to record the complete series, have brought him many critical plaudits, the statement said.
The free concert is presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music; no tickets are required. More information is online at or by calling (203) 432-5062.

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