Ensemble Pygmalion / Sophie Gent

»Routes to Bach: Bach’s Masters« / Works by Heinrich Schütz, Claudio Monteverdi, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Johann Pachelbel – Das Alte Werk

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Sophie Gent
Sophie Gent © Marco Borggreve
Laeiszhalle © Maxim Schulz
Pygmalion © Diego Salamanca

(Musical) life before Bach

Conductor Raphaël Pichon and his ensemble Pygmalion have long since achieved the utmost international recognition, both for their expressive readings of Renaissance and Baroque works, and for their cleverly-designed programmes, which combine the familiar with the unfamiliar, bringing ever new facets of international music history into the limelight. In the second part of their concert series »Ways to Bach«, the artists look at the musical ground on which Johann Sebastian Bach was able to learn and to progress to true mastery of his art.

Please ntoe: Raphaël Pichon unfortunately has to cancel his participation in today’s concert at short notice due to illness; concertmaster Sophie Gent will take over.

In three sections, the choir and ensemble present composers whose music had a significant influence on Bach. Among these are masters like Heinrich Schütz as well as Italian composers such as Claudio Monteverdi, who influenced European music far beyond the cities where they lived and worked. The final destination of this fascinating musical journey is the earliest surviving cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach: »Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich«.


Pygmalion ensemble and choir

Sophie Gent violin and musical direction


Wege zu Bach

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Psyché (Auszüge) / Tragédie en musique in fünf Akten LWV 56 (Auszüge)

Christoph Bernhard
Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener (Auszüge)

Michael Praetorius
Terpsichore / Musarum aoniarum quinta (Auswahl)

Johann Pachelbel
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt für Soli, Chor und Orchester (Auswahl)

Claudio Monteverdi
Beatus vir (I) für Soli, Chor und Orchester

Johann Adam Reincken
Sarabande / aus: Hortus musicus

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Ô tranquille sommeil / aus: Persée (Tragédie en musique in fünf Akten LWV 60)

Nicolaus Bruhns
Sinfonia/ Coro / aus: »Ich liege und schlafe« / Kantate für vier Solostimmen, gemischten Chor, Streicher und Basso continuo (Auszug)

Georg Böhm
Mein Freund ist mein (Auszüge)

Heinrich Schütz
O Jesu, nomen dulce SWV 308

Jean-Baptiste Lully
PassacailleArmide / aus: Armide (Tragédie en musique in fünf Akten LWV 71)

– Interval –

Biagio Marini
Passacaglio / aus: Per ogni sorte di strumento musicale diversi generi di sonate, da chiesa e da camera op. 22

Giacomo Carissimi
Historia di Jephte / Oratorium

Johann Sebastian Bach
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich BWV 150

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)

19:00 / Laeiszhalle, Großer Saal

Estimated end time



Das Alte Werk


Routes to Bach

Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle e.V. and Stiftung Elbphilharmonie

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