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CD-Release: Grand Musical Entertainment
Georg Friedrich Händel’s oratorio “Saul” shows his true mastership. The magnificent music and opulent orchestration were inspiration for Hansjörg Albrecht to assemble new organ concertos out of this work. These concertos are presented now on his new CD “Grand Musical Entertainment”. They are played by ECHO prize winner Martin Schmeding and the Munich Bach Orchestra. In addition, the CD includes two of Händel’s most famous works, transcribed for organ and recorded in Händel’s baptismal church, the Marktkirche in Halle. The “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” may be heard and seen in a video recorded in Halle
Speed Dating with Bach
The Munich Bach-Choir also considers it to be its musical mission to introduce young people to the great music of its eponym. For the first time, running under the motto "Speed Dating with Bach" there will be an opportunity to get to know and to sing the St Matthew's Passion after an audition and, finally, participate in a staging on Good Friday in the Philharmonie.
For further details and to sign on, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/youngmbc or firstname.lastname@example.org
New assistant at MBC
After many years of valuable cooperation, Peter Kofler discontinued his work as assistent to Hansjörg Albrecht with the Munich Bach Choir in the autumn of 2014. Nevertheless the renowned organist at St.Michael´s Church continues to work for the MBC as an organist and harpsichordist despite numerous obligations of his own.
The MBC is very fortunate to have been able to fill this vacancy with Johanna Soller. She has won various awards at international music competitions and is a scholar of "Yehudi Menuhin. Live Music Now". Moreover she recieves funding through the Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler.
For more information see: www.johannasoller.de
With St. Matthew's Passion at Salzburg Festspielhaus
From 12 to 14 March 2014 the Munich Bach Choir und its Artistic Director Hansjörg Albrecht can be heard three times at Salzburg Festspielhaus. Together with the renowned Bach Collegium München and Lothar Odinius as evangelist they will present one of Bach's masterpieces: St. Matthew's Passion. Advance ticket sales at Salzburg Ticket Service.
CD release: Gustav Mahler "The Song of the Earth"
The Munich Bach Orchestra has recorded Mahler's great symphonic cycle in a new version for chamber orchestra (Hj. Albrecht), together with the four renowned soloists Sibylla Rubens, Renée Morloc, Markus Schäfer and Markus Eiche.
The CD has been released in August by the label OehmsClassics and can be ordered now for 15 Euro (excluding shipping) under the following address: email@example.com
Commemorative Concert for Dominik Brunner
In September 2009, Dominik Brunner was a victim of a violent crime in the S-Bahn station in Solln near Munich, after he tried to protect four threatened children from attack. On the occasion of the first anniversary of his death, the Dominik Brunner Foundation, with the support of the Cultural Affairs Department of the Provincial Capital of Munich and Stadtsparkasse München, organized a benefit concert at the Philharmonic Hall Gasteig in Munich on Saturday September 25, 2010.
The Munich Bach Choir and its artistic director, Hansjörg Albrecht participated, along with renowned musicians Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Ruth Ziesak (soprano) and Konrad Jarnot (baritone) as well as the Münchener Rundfunkorchester.
Munich Bach Choir performed in Rome
On April 7, 2010, the Munich Bach Choir, together with the Bach Collegium München performed Mozart's Great Mass in C-Minor at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Italy, under the direction of Hansjörg Albrecht. The concert, organised by the German Embassy in Italy in cooperation with the European foundation "Europamusicale" and others, was dedicated to the memory of the victims of the earthquake in the the Italian mountain village of Onna.
More information, pictures and a video film about this solemn event can be found here.
Joachim Kaiser, the truly influential German music critic, explained why Karl Richter's way of making music was so special. Karl Richter was the legendary founder and long-time artistic director of the Munich Bach Choir. You can hear more about what his musical secret consisted of in the video column "Kaisers Klassik-Kunde" at: SZ-Magazin