Bach Collegium Japan

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Bach Collegium Japan

The Bach Collegium Japan takes up residence in Perth Concert Hall for a weekend for its only Scottish performances in 2012. The group, accompanied by various virtuoso soloists including soprano Joanne Lunn, are performing three new programmes of Baroque music programmed by Masaaki Suzuki.

Bach Collegium Japan created a revolution in the musical world by usurping Germany’s position as masters of the music of JS Bach, gaining top awards and worldwide critical acclaim.

And now, Perth Concert Hall has scored a spectacular UK exclusive in welcoming Bach Collegium Japan with their musical director Masaaki Suzuki for a weekend residency in March.

The event from 2 – 4 March is the only chance to see the world class ensemble of period instrumentalists performing in the UK in season 2011-2012.

Founded by inspirational music director Masaaki Suzuki in 1990, Bach Collegium Japan was initially regarded with scepticism, coming from a country where classical music and Christianity are not core to the culture. In mastering the complex works of Bach and his contemporaries, Bach Collegium Japan has established a reputation as one of the world’s most brilliant baroque ensembles.

Masaaki Suzuki is revered as a leading authority on the works of Bach taking the ensemble regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA, gaining worldwide renown for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances.

For the weekend residency in Perth Concert Hall, Masaaki Suzuki has devised three programmes ranging across the baroque era with richly varied instrumentation. Soloists include soprano Joanne Lunn, who is internationally renowned for her performances of Bach as well as acclaimed soloists on violin, organ, bassoon, oboe, recorder, flute and harpsichord.

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