Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos: Schlosstheater Potsdam Sanssouci
About the Event
Experience classical music like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Bach at Potsdam's remarkable Neues Palais.
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.
- Bach, Johann Sebastian – Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 6
- Bach, Johann Sebastian – Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 5
- Bach, Johann Sebastian – Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 1
- Bach, Johann Sebastian – Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 4
- Bach, Johann Sebastian – Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 3
- Bach, Johann Sebastian – Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr. 2
Mozartensemble Berlin (Orchestra) The 'Mozartensemble Berlin‐Brandenburg' has continuously developed into a top ensemble in recent years. Over the past four years, it has distinguished itself above all at concerts in Berlin and Bavarian palaces. Highlights were performances at the festival in Schönbrunn in Vienna in 1999, at the Rococo Theatre Schwetzingen in 2000 and 2001 as well as at the Royal Palace Herrenchiemsee in 2000,- 2006. The ensemble performed the 'Brandenburg Concerts' very successfully at the Allerheiligenhofkirche of the Residenz in Munich during the Classical Days 2004, 2005 and 2006. It is the home ensemble of the 'Klassiktage Berliner Schlösser' and the 'Klassiktage München'. This year the ensemble performed for the first time at the Salzburg Schlosskonzerte and was spontaneously invited back to Salzburg for 10 concerts in 2007. The ensemble has all 24 Mozart quartets and the master's 6 string quintets firmly in its repertoire, as well as the 'Brandenburg Concertos' by Johann Sebastian Bach and Mozart's great concert divertimenti.