Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul offers Bach Odyssey


From mid-February to late June, three Montreal musicians undertake a journey through J.S. Bach’s greatest works for solo instruments. The midweek webcasts will be based on performances recorded in the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.

On Tuesdays, Elinor Frey will play the complete Suites for solo cello. On Wednesdays, organist Jonathan Oldengarm plays the Chorale Preludes from the Leipzig manuscript, the largest collection of chorale-based works that survives in Bach’s own handwriting. And on Thursdays, violinist Emmanuel Vukovich takes us through the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, in a special multimedia performance that also features our church’s landmark Lawrence Lee stained-glass windows.

The webcasts take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from Feb. 16 to June 24. On Feb. 15 at 8:45 p.m. there is an introductory Zoom round table in which the artists talk about Bach’s idea of Übung (exercise) as an all-inclusive physical, intellectual and spiritual activity, for both player and listener.


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