Today, the Bach Choir returned to Wittenberg, this time to sing a noon devotion in the City Church, where Martin Luther often preached. The notable altar (pictured) by Lucas Cranach is one of the most famous in Germany, and was a stunning background for motets by J.S. Bach.
From Wittenberg, we traveled to Köthen, where Bach wrote the Brandenburg Concertos and Well Tempered Clavier, and was Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold for four years (See picture to the right.) The enormous 600 year-old Jakobikirche was the site of our concert, with over 175 in attendance, and provided tremendous acoustics. The monumental church is also, the home of an unmodified 1872 organ by Friedrich Ladegast, an instrument ideal for the music of Mendelssohn and his contemporaries. As a special impromptu addition to the program and in honor of this tremendous organ, Christopher Holman played Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata in F Minor. (See picture below)
After nearly five minutes of a standing ovation, we were specially invited to visit the crypt under the altar, the final resting place of Prince Leopold himself and members of the ducal family. (See Picture below)
Now to bed, as tomorrow brings another day of grand adventures!
- BSH Choir