Ensemble

Gaechinger Cantorey

Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann © photo hs
Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann (Liederhalle Stuttgart)

The Gaechinger Cantorey is the ensemble of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. It combines a baroque orchestra and a hand-picked choir which combine to form a perfectly-blended early music ensemble. Under the baton of Akademie Director Hans-Christoph Rademann, the ensemble flies the flag for the “Stuttgart Bach style” on the international stage.

The backbone to the sound in this distinctive Bach style is two replica instruments commissioned by the Bachakademie of originals from the workshop of Bach’s legendary contemporary Gottfried Silbermann (1683–1753): in 2016 the Akademie acquired a copy of a chamber organ by Silbermann recently discovered in Seerhausen, Saxony, and a copy of an original Silbermann harpsichord will complete the ensemble’s keyboard instruments in 2021. Both are examples of a baroque sound faithful to the original, giving the Gaechinger Cantorey its distinctive sound

Copy of a chamber organ by Silbermann (Orgelwerkstatt Wegscheider, Dresden) © photo Holger Schneider
Copy of a chamber organ by Silbermann (Orgelwerkstatt Wegscheider, Dresden)

Since its refounding as the Gaechinger Cantorey in 2016, the Internationale Bachakademie’s ensemble has given numerous performances in Germany, including at the Musikfest Stuttgart, Bachwoche Ansbach, European Festival Weeks in Passau, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Dresden Kulturpalast and the Bachfest Leipzig. Further afield, performances at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, in the USA (Fort Lauderdale, Chapel Hill, Norfolk, Princeton, Los Angeles, Irvine) and in South America (Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Bogotá, Lima, Buenos Aires) have further established the ensemble’s reputation.

Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann © photo hs
Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann (Wagenhallen Stuttgart)

As well as live performances, the Gaechinger Cantorey and its director Hans-Christoph Rademann has a busy recording schedule. The ensemble’s debut CD, with Reformation cantatas by J.S. Bach, was released in 2017 on the Stuttgart Carus label. This was followed in 2018 on the same label with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and G.F. Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate, and in 2020 by the rarely performed fourth version of Bach’s St John Passion. In 2019 the ensemble released a CD with Bach cantatas on the accentus music label recorded at the Naumburg Stadtkirche St. Wenzel using the original Hildebrandt organ, in 2020 a recording of the Dublin version (1742) of Handel’s Messiah, and in March 2021 a recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. In September 2021 a CD with Bach Cantatas BWV 147 and BWV 21 will be released on the Carus label.