Bach, the fifth evangelist

St Bavo's Cathedral

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Festive opening concert with Bach’s Mass & Ton Koopman 

For this festive opening concert, Ghent can look forward to the presence of Ton Koopman, who has an international reputation when it comes to Bach. His ambitious project of recording all of Bach’s cantatas-no less than seven days of listening pleasure—has been awarded prestigious prizes such as the BBC Award and the Echo Klassik Prize

No one needs persuading any longer that Bach’s Mass in b minor is an absolute masterpiece, but this great master of the Baroque took no chances. He wrote this five-part mass at the end of his life and drew on his wealth of experience. From solos to eight-part choruses, the grand approach taken by this predominantly Catholic mass broke new ground. In fact you might say that the Mass in b minor is the absolute apotheosis of the Baroque. 

Bach showers you with compelling melodies, heartrending harmonies and polyphonic perfection. With his own Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir at his side, together with four leading soloists, Ton Koopman gives full expression to the most profound meaning of Bach’s Mass in b minor. The sacral acoustics of the imposing Cathedral of St Bavo will undoubtedly play their own part. 


A concert of KBC and the Province East Flanders 

©Foppe Schut
©Marco Borggreve


Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in b minor ‘Hohe Messe’, BWV 232 
I. Kyrie
II. Gloria
III. Credo
IV. Sanctus
V.  Agnus Dei


Martha Bosch, soprano

Maarten Engeltjes, countertenor

Tilman Lichdi, tenor

Klaus Mertens, bass

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Ton Koopman, conductor