Sir John Eliot Gardiner Presents 12-Hour Celebration Of Bach At The Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Easter Monday, 1 April 2013
Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads an unprecedented celebration of the music of J.S. Bach with a 12-hour Bach Marathon at the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Monday 2013. The richly-packed event – which comes just weeks before Gardiner’s 70th birthday – includes performances from leading soloists and ensembles. It begins and ends with Gardiner himself conducting his world-renowned Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in two of Bach’s towering masterworks: the St John Passion and B Minor Mass.
The Bach Marathon, to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3, is Gardiner’s most ambitious undertaking since his landmark Cantatas Pilgrimage of 2000, which included 59 concerts in 50 cities in 13 European countries. It will be the highlight of a remarkable year which sees Gardiner present a new BBC TWO documentary on Bach (March 2013), the publication of his long-awaited biography of the composer by Penguin’s Allen Lane (Autumn 2013), and the release of the final recording in his Bach Cantatas Pilgrimage series, the Ascension Cantatas (March 2013).
The line-up of acclaimed performers joining John Eliot and his ensembles includes violinist Viktoria Mullova, who performs Bach’s virtuosic Chaconne; Alban Gerhardt with Bach’s much-loved Sixth Cello Suite; organist Cameron Carpenter; and Robert Levin conducting the Britten Sinfonia.
John Eliot Gardiner says:
“Some of the milestones in my life seem to be associated with the music of J.S. Bach and 2013 is no exception. Bach seems to appeal to a wide variety of people from all walks of life. To spend an entire day in the company of fellow musicians, writers and scientists to perform and discuss the music of this supreme composer whose music lights our lives more than 300 years after his death is the best birthday present I could hope for.”
Further highlights of the day include Howard Moody and Woven Gold – an extraordinary choir made up of musicians and refugees from around the world – performing a new piece based on the themes of Bach’s cantata ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan’ (What God does is well done); musicians from the Royal Academy of Music with conductor Iain Ledingham; and a discussion exploring Bach’s universal appeal, with neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, philosopher and doctor Raymond Tallis, and scholar and conductor Robert Levin among others. Audiences will also have the chance to participate by learning and singing a chorale.
The Bach Marathon takes in 12 events, and tickets – priced from £20 to £125 – are valid for the whole day.
General Booking opens on Thursday 15 November 2012.