DRESDEN, 19 JANUARY 2006—On 1 December 1736 Johann Sebastian Bach gave an organ concert in
Dresden that attracted a great deal of attention. It was the first concert
on the newly constructed Silbermann organ in the Frauenkirche. Two hundred
and seventy years later, all of Bach’s organ compositions are to be played
on the new organ in the recently
rebuilt Frauenkirche. The 5-manual instrument with 67 registers was built
by Daniel Kern of Strasbourg, making use of both the tradition of
the Silbermann brothers and that of the French Romantic period.
The 16 concerts in the Bach cycle will take place on Saturdays during
2006 with performances by the cantor of the Frauenkirche, Matthias
Grünert, and the Frauenkirche’s organist, Samuel Kummer. Choral works by
Bach, performed by the chamber choir of the Frauenkirche, will supplement
the organ concert cycle. Tickets are available in advance for 14 Euros.
Sunday church music concerts in the Frauenkirche will take place every
two weeks, featuring mainly cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach with
chamber music, organ or orchestral works from the Baroque period.
Musicians include the choir (Kantorei), the chamber choir (Kammerchor) of
Dresden’s Frauenkirche, as well as soloists and instrumentalists
specialising in early music. Advance tickets cost 6 Euros.
A weekly series of organ concerts every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.
will rotate between the Baroque Silbermann organ in the Catholic Cathedral
(the former Court Church), the romantic Jehmlich organ in the Kreuzkirche
and the versatile Kern organ in the Frauenkirche.
In addition to the above regular concerts, a varied programme of
special concerts is also planned for the area below the high dome of
the Frauenkirche. Highlights during 2006 include major oratorios such
as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s St. Paul’oratorio on 25
and 26 March (Monteverdi Choir Hamburg). The Dresdner Kammerchor will
perform Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
(‘Marienvesper’) on 10 and 11 June 2006.
Other concerts include Brahms' A German Requiem (17 February),
Gioacchino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle (24 June), the
Missa Dei Patris (9, 10 February) and J.D. Zelenka’s oratorio
Il serpente del bronzo (29 May). On Good Friday, 14 April, the
choirs of the Frauenkirche will perform Bach's St. John Passion.
Tel: (49) 351 656 06 80