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2.1.2024 | Culture

Tallinn Bach Music Festival gets underway

Text Mark Taylor
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Tallinn Bach Music Festival gets underway

 

The enchanting atmosphere of the annual Tallinn Bach Music Festival, returns for its 13th edition this week. “Bachfest”,  as it is affectionately known, focuses on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This year’s program, which will run from Januray 1 to 7, will boast a captivating blend of Estonian premieres, renowned local and international artists, and a rich array of musical instruments, including the pan flute and the French “Musette de cour,” which is a nod to the 17th-century French court and aristocracy.

Highlights of this year’s festival include François Lazarevitch, from the historic Versailles, who will demonstrate his ability on the Musette de cour on January 7. In addition, pan flute virtuoso Adriana Babin, hailing from Moldova, will bring her country’s musical charm to Toomkirik in Tallinn’s old town tonight, January 2.

Belgian pianist Julien Libeer will engage in a unique dialogue on January 4, intertwining Bach’s major preludes and fugues with later compositions in corresponding minor keys, showcasing the timeless influence of Johann Sebastian Bach on music.

The festival also features performances by organist Jonathan Scott from England and the organ duo Aigars Reinis & Ilse Reine from Latvia’s prestigious Riga Cathedral. Estonia’s finest, including Imbi Tarum, Marta Paklar, Aare-Paul Lattik, Kirill Ogorodnikov, Kaia Lukas, Mari-Liis Vind, and Estonian Sinfonietta, will all captivate audiences during the festival.

The festival’s concerts will take place at two of Tallinn’s most historic venues, Toomkirik and Mustpeade Maja (The House of the Blackheads), both of which are located in the city’s old town.

For more detailed information about each concert and tickets, visit Piletilevi.  

 

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