Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)



Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Trauernacht The Angel's Hand

Bach's cantatas

Musical directionRaphaël Pichon*
Stage directionKatie Mitchell
Costumes and stage designVicki Mortimer
LightJames Farncombe
SingersSoloists of the Académie européenne de musique
OrchestraInstrumentalists of the Académie européenne de musique

Production / Coproduction
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and of the Académie européenne de musique
In coproduction with Wiener Festwochen


What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.

T. S. Eliot, Burnt Norton, from Four Quartets (1935)

Bach composed more than 200 cantatas, mainly for the church community in Leipzig where, in his role as Cantor, he was obliged to write one each week. Settings for voice and instruments of texts from the Bible or from pietist poetry, the works are profoundly dramatic as well as spiritual. This dramatic quality has inspired Katie Mitchell, the British director who has already staged the St Matthew Passion, and the conductor Raphaël Pichon, both fervent admirers of Bach. Together they explore the depths of these cantatas in order to celebrate their theatricality and living energy balanced against the omnipresence of death.

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On 11, 14, 16, 19 and 21 July 2014 at 8pm and on 13 July 2014 at 5pm


Prices: 90€, 55€ and 30€

Youth prices: 15€

Prices with the Académie Pass: 80€, 45€ and 30€ except on the premiere night

Discovery price at every performances on 14 and 21 July

Performance available within the Premium and Prestige Package or subscription

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1h30 without interval

Performance in German with French surtitles

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