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SIEUWENT – The Paaspop Klassiek Foundation from Zieuwent is organizing a weekend full of music by the great composer JS Bach on 3 and 4 September. It is a new initiative that the foundation is adding to the long-standing annual agenda. Until now, it consisted of two large concerts in the Werenfriduskerk in Zieuwent (Matthäus Passion by JS Bach and Messiah by Händel) and three small concerts in the open air. With this new initiative, the organizers are giving concertgoers the opportunity to get to know other instrumental works by JS Bach.

To strengthen the Zieuwent-Bach combination, Paaspop Klassiek organizes an entire weekend program around instrumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach. A special opportunity for lovers of the ‘other’ Bach to get acquainted with Bach’s extensive oeuvre.

coffee cantata
Part of the Bach weekend is the performance of the Coffee Cantata. This secular cantata revolves around the use of coffee. At the time certainly not uncontested because the effects were not yet known. The coffee cantata is about a girl who is addicted to coffee, about women who know what they want, sexual innuendo is not far away. Liesje is willing to give up everything in the world for coffee to continue drinking coffee. Her father wants to sell her to help her stop drinking coffee. However, Liesje comically ensures that she manages to drink coffee and hook up with a suitor. The coffee cantata was written for the Kaffeehaus Zimmerman. In Zieuwent, it has been transferred to Café het Witte Paard.

During the Bach weekend, Paaspop Klassiek wants to highlight another side of Bach’s music, not the serious church music, but his instrumental works dominate. Not music to exalt God, but instrumental music for court or public concerts.
The weekend in Zieuwent is opened by Dennis Vallenduuk with the famous organ toccata in D minor. Although the organ in the Werenfriduskerk is not a baroque organ, the Dennis and Egger organs will do Bach justice in this impressive work.
Afterwards, writer/journalist Bert Natter gives a lecture about Johann Sebastiaan Bach’s bones at Den Hvide Hest. Bach was buried in a common grave. Are the bones now buried in Thomas Kirke’s grave really Bach’s?
In the afternoon there is a concert with Rémy Baudet on violin and Edoardo Valorz on harpsichord. They play works from the accompanied and unaccompanied violin repertoire on authentic instruments. Bach had two periods in which he wrote series of six sonatas and partitas and continued to work on them throughout his life. Six is ​​common in Bach because the number six stands for the perfect number. Rémy Baudet was concertmaster of the 18th-century orchestra for many years.
Saturday evening the baroque ensemble La Sorpresa conducted by Francois Fernandez. Together with husband Yun Kim, they play the beautiful Double Concerto in D minor and also the Brandenburg Concertos III and V, which Bach dedicated to Christiaan Ludwig Markgraaf van Brandenburg in 1721, as well as Air from the Third Orchestral Suite. The baroque ensemble La Sorpresa focuses on performing baroque works in their most original form. The ensemble, consisting of international musicians, tries to get as close as possible to Bach’s performance practice.
Sunday morning at 11.30 there is a performance of Kaffee-Kantate in Den Hvide Hest. It is sung by three soloists: Wendy Roobol, Mattijs van de Woerd and Vincent Lesage. They are accompanied by the baroque ensemble La Sorpresa. In a staged performance, the inn ‘het Witte Paard’ is decorated like the Kaffeehaus Zimmerman, where Bach liked to visit a lot. The serious-looking Bach of the painter Hausmann had a very Burgundian side, which we do not soon expect from him, but to which he willingly surrendered.
On Sunday afternoon there are two solo concerts. The young cellist Ella van Poucke opens her concert with the most played cello work in existence: The First Cello Suite in G major. The prelude from this suite is very famous and is also used as a background for films and documentaries. Ella enriches her concert with cello suites two and five. The acoustics in Werenfriduskerk will be well tuned to her.
Finally, pianist Laurens de Man plays the Goldberg Variations for piano solo. This work, much loved by pianists, consists of an aria (a lovely sarabande) and 25, which Bach called changes (variations) to distract the mind.

The organ concert at the weekend is freely accessible. For the other concerts, you buy tickets, a day ticket or weekend ticket. All tickets via the website

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