- Performer:Thomanerchor Leipzig
- Title:Bach: 800 Years of St. Thomas' Choir, Leipzig
- Date of release:May 28, 2012
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Bach: 800 Years of St. Thomas' Choir, Leipzig.
The St. Thomas Choir Leipzig sang mainly in the two main churches in Leipzig, St. Nicholas and St. Thomas. For these Sunday services, Bach composed a new Cantata every week. As Director musices Bach was also responsible for the entire urban music in Leipzig. Gotthold Schwarz, born 1952 in Zwickau, was briefly a member of the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig in the 1960s.
For more than 800 years, the Thomana trifecta has combined the three outstanding institutions of St. Thomas Church Leipzig, Thomanerchor Leipzig and St. Thomas School Leipzig. Despite societal upheavals and changes, this group of three with its original duties remains bound together to this day: faithful to the motto Believing - Singing - Learning. The real meaning of our actions is to perform church music in the best way to benefit the audience. If we lose the spiritual root, the artistic roots will die, says Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz.
The Thomanerchor (English: St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig) is a boys' choir in Leipzig, Germany. The choir was founded in 1212. At present, the choir consists of about 90 boys from 9 to 18 years of age. The members, called Thomaner, live in a boarding school, the Thomasalumnat, and attend the Thomasschule zu Leipzig, a Gymnasium school with a linguistic profile and a focus on musical education. The younger members attend the primary school 76. Grundschule in der Manetstraße.
Thomas Church (German: Thomaskirche) is a Lutheran church in Leipzig, Germany. It is associated with a number of well-known composers such as Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, but mostly with Johann Sebastian Bach who worked here as a Kapellmeister (music director) from 1723 until his death in 1750. Today, the church also holds his remains. Martin Luther preached here in 1539.
Leipzig's St. Thomas boys' choir was established in 1212 because of a requirement for pupils fortunate enough to attend St. Thomas School to contribute to the sacred music in the monastery. The foundation was validated by the seal of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV of Brunswick. For almost 30 years it was directed by Johann Sebastian Bach when he was cantor of St. Thomas Church. Since 1920 the sailor-suited boys have also performed abroad. In Leipzig they normally sing three times a week at St. Thomas Church: on Fridays and Saturdays with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and during Sunday services
The Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany, once led by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the focus of much celebration this year. When they sing in the St Thomas church, metres from the grave in which Bach is buried, the choristers describe feeling close to the composer, even more than 250 years after his death. If the choir is singing well together you can certainly feel the presence of Bach," said Konrad Didt, 19, who is in his final year with the choir. The familial atmosphere is said to have much to do with a system that is as old as the choir itself. Nine or ten Thomaner – all of different ages, from nine to 19 – live together in Stuben, or parlours, which change personnel every year
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra joins the Thomanerchor, the boys’ choir of St. Thomas Church, founded over 800 years ago. PROGRAM . Bach (1685-1750) Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 – Cantata N. – Cantata N. PERFORMERS Catalina Bertucci, soprano; Susanne Krumbiegel, contralto; Tilman Luchdi, tenor (Evangelist); Martin Lattke, tenor; Andreas Scheibner, bass St. Thomas Boys’ Choir; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Gotthold Schwarz, conductor. We were unable to load Disqus. If you are a moderator please see our troubleshooting guide.