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Esther Brazil sings for Bach

Esther Brazil tells me that she was part of the fascinating story of the return to Leipzig of a portrait of JS Bach.  " I sang with a small group in front of the portrait in Princeton, at the house of the owner's widow, Judy Scheide, and then a few days ago I sang in front of it again with the same select group of Monteverdi Choir people at the event marking its installation at the Bach Arkiv in Leipzig. John Eliot Gardiner was nice enough to say to the (German) TV cameras that in the concert we were to perform later than night in the Nikolaikirche, the most beautiful aria was going to be sung by me ("Wie starb die Heldin so vergnügt" in the Trauerode BWV 198), and that it would be "heart-stopping".  Before their performance at the Bachfest Leipzig the Monteverdi Choir perform the same programme at the Aldeburgh Festival on 19 June

Here's a link to the story on the Bachfest website (in German); you can read the New York Times' report here

Posted on June 18th 2015

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