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    Saint Ephrem Church: Bach Suites for Violoncello Solo

Bach with Candlelights at Saint Ephrem Church: Suites for Cello Solo

Paris, Eglise Saint‐Ephrem — Main Hall

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About the Event

Experience a tranquil reprieve from the bustling energy of the vibrant City of Lights with an awe‐inspiring performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites. Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of these masterpieces, set against the exquisite backdrop of the St. Ephrem Church, in the heart of Paris.

The Cello Suites, renowned for their complexity and emotional depth, showcase a diverse range of technical abilities and profound expression. Within the intimate confines of the church, the acoustics perfectly amplify the nuances of Bach's ingenious compositions, allowing for a truly immersive appreciation of his brilliance.

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Suites 1‐2-3 pour Violoncelle
Program is subject to change


Cello: Magdalena Rebacz

Eglise Saint-Ephrem

Located in a secluded corner of Paris’ historical fifth arrondissement, also known as the Latin Quarter, this small, quaint church is truly a hidden gem. Constructed in 1733 in true Corinthian style, the church was used by different religious orders until the late 19th century, when it became a centre for the Catholic social movements founded by Robert and Albert de Mun. The interior is classically embellished with an impressive collection of paintings. Church Saint-Ephrem is a popular venue for classical music concerts, as its cosy, intimate atmosphere and great acoustics attract both locals and tourists.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.

Customer Reviews

4.5 of 5

  • Harold H, USA

    Oct 2023

    Superb performance in timeless venue, loved it

  • Sep 2022

    Great venue. Very talented young cellist.

  • Jul 2022

    Excellent concert! The young musician was a consummate talent and had a varied program that was most enjoyable! The church was beautiful and the acoustics were great! I also appreciated the cushions on the seats!!

  • Michael M, Belgium

    Jul 2019

    Beautifully played, resonant sound. Here is a marvelous cellist!

  • Mark L, Belgium

    Jul 2019

    Intimate performance, the church’s size limits is an advantage. Acoustic is good.

  • Qiushi G, 法国

    Jul 2019

    Amazing ! Excellent player!

  • Anamaria A, Brazil

    Jul 2019

    Too expensive. Excelent. House 1/5 full.

  • Jan P, New Zealand

    May 2019

    A perfect evening of sublime music, a beautiful church, lilies…we have booked for as many concerts as we can while in Paris

  • Trevor Henry K, Australia

    Apr 2019

    Absolutely brillliant

  • Jennifer D, USA

    Mar 2019

    Absolutely amazing concert in every way.

  • Jean Baptiste L, France

    Feb 2019

    The performance was breathtaking. Timothée was astounding, the acoustics and the candlelight inside the church made the music that much more enchanting‐ I could feel the cello from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. It was an electric experience.

  • José Eduardo C, Brazil

    Feb 2019

    I made use of Classictc several times. It's always been okay. And this time it was no different. The attraction was of excellent standard, a great concert. The Church of Saint Ephraim is a great place for concerts. Just submit the reservation and everything is forwarded easily.

  • Derek M, USA

    Dec 2018

    Great acoustics and outstanding performance. Played three of the six cello suites, which was OK with my wife as she tends to nod off after an hour or so of live classical music :) Look forward to seeing another concert here!

  • Didier P, France

    Dec 2018

    Réservation simple et rapide sur le site de classictic pour un très beau concert . Très belle acoustique à St Ephrem

  • Paul M, Canada

    Nov 2018

    Très très beau concert à l’église Saint‐Ephrem, d’une grande simplicité. Trois suites de Bach pour violoncelle, magnifiquement exécutées. Un soliste généreux et très doué. On a même eu droit à un rappel!

  • Francisco A.,

    Oct 2012

    Great Concert and great venue.

  • Darren F., United Kingdom

    Jul 2012

    Nice venue, I like my concerts to be intimate and enjoyed hearing "raw" music

  • Sondra P., United States

    May 2012


  • yumiko c., Japan

    Feb 2012


  • Cristina F., Italy

    Dec 2011

    esecutore bravissimo, programma un po' noioso

  • Karen C., Singapore

    Dec 2011

    Acoustics and quality of music was good

  • William F., United States

    Nov 2011

    beautiful, stark setting with excellent acoustics

  • Holger S., Germany

    Oct 2011

    very private athmosphaere

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Eglise Saint‐Ephrem, 17, rue des Carmes, Paris, France — Google Maps

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