Bachwoche Ansbach

The Bach Week in Ansbach is a that takes place in Ansbach Music Festival, which is dedicated to the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach. The first Bach Festival was held in 1947.

Venues include the In the courtyard, the State Hall in Margrave Castle and the currants and Gumbertuskirche. A few concerts are offered in other halls.

The program deny well-known artists in the world top; as played in Ansbach Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ludwig Hoelscher, Ferdinand Leitner and Karl Richter. In recent years, guest appearances, for example, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Andreas Staier, Martin Stadtfeld and Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan


In the first year the festival was still held at Schloss Pommersfelden. 1948 production was moved to the largely unspoiled Ansbach with his residence; the organization took over the Munich Dr. Carl Weymar. In the beginning it was mainly in the Munich art dealer Carl Weymar and cellist Ludwig Hoelscher, supported by the conductor Ferdinand Leitner, the program presented in collaboration with artist friends on the legs. Quick prominent guests came as the violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Yehudi Menuhin, pianist Wilhelm Kempff, the flautist Aurèle Nicolet, the singer Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau added, always supported by the soloists community of the Bach Festival, which formed an orchestra the backbone of the Festival.

From 1955 to 1964, the harpsichordist and conductor Karl Richter conducted the Bach Festival. Thereafter, Rudolf Hetzer, member of the " Association of Friends of the Bach Week ", which had been founded in 1948 and today represents the mainstay of the Bach Festival, the new artistic director; the town of Ansbach, took over the sponsorship of the Bach Festival. In Hetzer time the change falls on a biennial basis. Came more international artists and ensembles such as Nathan Milstein, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sir Neville Marriner, The English Consort and the London Baroque Soloists, bringing the ideas of historical performance practice in Ansbach made ​​their entrance.

After Hetzer had abandoned in 1979 for health reasons, resigned, followed him Hans Georg Schäfer, a studied pianist and composer, who conducted the Bach Week nearly 20 years. He was also associated with the Bach sons, and expanded the range of composers Bach addition of Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell and Heinrich Schütz up to Paul Hindemith, Witold Lutosławski and Arvo Pärt. In addition to the biennial rhythm another Bach Festival was established in 2000, the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach, celebrated, which in turn was devoted solely to the work of the recipient.

From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Lotte Thaler held the artistic director. They set new accents by putting thematic priorities ( "Bach and Stravinsky " ), the music of the 20th century conceded more weight and the Bach Week enriched by new elements such as the Bach consultations, children and jazz concert.

Since spring 2006 is Andreas Bomba Managing and Artistic Director. He led the Bach week in the 60 - year anniversary in 2007, the Bach Week in Ansbach is the oldest, takes place at a constant place Musikfest -. Using the music of Johann Sebastian Bach as a focus - in Germany.

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