The New Bach is a cultural exchange project in collaboration with the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Stichting Orgel Festival Holland and the Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music. Performed by the young talents aged 14-18, this program is a unique selection of chamber pieces either written by or connected to Bach. The new arrangements for unusual types of ensembles with organ include classical saxophone, voice, and strings. The concerts will take place on Saturday June 29th in the Hartebrugkerk in Leiden and onm Sunday June 30th in the Lutherse Kerk in the Hague.
The aim of this project is to enhance the collaboration between Russian and Dutch young talents (children of 14-18 years), giving them an opportunity to learn from each other on the international level and create ensembles despite of the fact that they have no language in common besides that one of music. We bring 4 exceptionally talented young organists, students of the famous Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music, to the Organ Festival Holland 2019 and offer them a unique chance to play 8 different authentic instruments in the course of 10 days. In collaboration with the Conservatory of Amsterdam, a special program has been developed for them which includes visiting master-classes given by the most renowned European organists, performing chamber ensembles together with Dutch musicians of their age, visiting organ concerts and workshops, learning about the development of the instruments throughout the centuries. During one week, they will participate in the Organ Academy course which will end with 2 concerts on big podia, jointly with their Dutch peers performing a beautiful program named “The New Bach”.
J.D. Michat Back to Bach for alto saxophone and organ
J.S. Bach – Trio – Sonata in c minor BWV 526 for organ solo
Bach/Gounod Ave Maria for Voice, Viola and organ
J.S. Bach – Sonata for violin and organ in C minor BWV 1017, Largo and Allegro
J.S. Bach Air in G for saxophone soprano and organ
F. Mendelssohn – Sonata in d minor N6 op.65 for organ solo
J.S. Bach ’Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben’ from Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 for voice and organ
J.S. Bach – Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major, BWV 1066 arr. for organ (four hands), saxophone, Violin, Viola: Forlane, Courante, Menuet 1 & 2, Bourree 1 & 2
Why The New Bach?
Bach is the encyclopedia and guidelines for everyone connected to classical music. Various genres, forms, techniques, characters, and colors were dedicated to organ by the great composer, who worked as an organist himself. Our choice of specific authentic instruments from Bach’s times comes from the understanding that they would better convey the original ideas of his masterpieces painted with sounds. The New Bach program is a unique selection of chamber pieces either written by or connected to Bach. The new arrangements for unusual types of ensembles with organ include classical saxophone, voice, and strings. The fact that the program will be played by children gives it a very refreshing note and eliminates the barriers between his listeners centuries back and the modern-day audience.