Australian voices on J.S. Bach
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
Quote J.S. Bach (from ABC Classic FM – 21 March 2013)
Bach saw that music can be transformational, and that music that reflects on the love of God can bring others to ponder that love. That is made clear again and again in the words of his cantatas; that there is a personal response that is expected of us to this great act of love in Jesus Christ.
The Very Revd. Dr. Andreas Löwe, Dean of Melbourne St. Paul’s Cathedral in The Melbourne Anglican, February 2013
There is an unbroken line from Luther through to Bach’s 300 cantatas. Nothing in music can be compared with them and in some ways they are a fulfillment of Luther…Luther said time and time again, ‘First there is the Word of God (the Bible), then there is music’ and we find the embodiment of that in J.S. Bach.
Douglas Lawrence, Australian Chamber Choir and Director of Music Scots’ Church Melbourne in The Age, 19 April 2012
Today’s Symposium once again illustrates that while it is easy to view geographical and cultural isolation as a problem, in fact it can be a great advantage since it could lead to startlingly fresh understandings of mainstream European repertoire, with audience’s gaps in knowledge enabling them to receive works relatively free from preconceptions.
Professor Kerry Murphy, Head of Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Symposium ‘Bach in Australia’ The University of Melbourne 15 September 2012
Bach’s choral music requires our full engagement and can never be mere background music…. Ultimately, it is the active engagement of the whole person – mind, body and soul – that draws me to Bach as a theologian.
The Very Rvd. Dr. Andreas Löwe, Dean of Melbourne St. Paul’s Cathedral in The Melbourne Anglican, September 2010
Only rapturous waves of applause could confirm that this was a rare and exceptional performance. What a better way to celebrate the Thomaner tradition, Bach’s 324th birthday on March 21 and the approaching Holy Week but by living through the cathartic experience of the passion of Christ amongst angelic voices and sounds!
Daniela Kaleva in Australian Stage Review 20 March 2009 on J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, performed by the Thomanerchor and MSO conducted by Oleg Caetani at Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne