Encountering BACH: A Documentary Film (2020) | Bachfest Malaysia

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Bachfest Malaysia
2 hr 13 min
Filmed by Moses Lim
Produced by David Chin & Bachfest Malaysia
In this 130-minute documentary film, conductor Dr. David Chin will be joined by 15 prominent German Bach scholars and musicians and visit the important Bach-landmarks throughout Central Germany, discovering the interesting stories and wonderful music of Johann Sebastian Bach, with musical excerpts performed by renowned musicians from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and others. 
This film project was entirely self-funded by Dr. David Chin. If you would like to support this project, please visit https://paypal.me/davidchinmusic
David Chin’s website: https://www.davidchinmusic.com/
中文版《追踪巴赫》: https://youtu.be/U18WjcGp3Ao
0:00 Prelude: Introduction  
3:25 Childhood in Eisenach  
11:22 First job in Arnstadt  
21:39 Sensational discovery in Weimar  
26:51 The Weimar period  
29:45 Bach’s favourite prince in Köthen  
35:14 Anna Magdalena  
38:52 Lutheran vs. Calvinist  
42:28 Arrive in Leipzig  
44:29 St. Thomas School & Boys choir  
51:35 St. Thomas Church  
56:58 Cantatas 1: Reception and the copyists 
1:07:18 Cantatas 2: Martin Luther and the chorales  
1:13:51 Bach the Conductor  
1:14:26 St. Nicholas Church  
1:18:04 St. Matthew Passion  
1:24:37 The Collegium Musicum  
1:27:12 The Leipzig Town Council  
1:30:00 Instruments in Bach’s time  
1:38:58 Bach’s ideal choir and orchestra  
1:45:44 The Bach Revival in the 19th century  
1:59:25 Bach’s grave  
2:01:51 Bach’s great faith  
2:08:40 Postlude: Bloopers and credits
Dr. David Chin, Founder & Artistic Director of Bachfest Malaysia


Dr. Prof. Michael Maul
Artistic Director of Bachfest Leipzig & Musicologist at Bach-Archiv Leipzig
Dr. Manuel Bärwald
Musicologist & Researcher at Bach-Archiv Leipzig

Special Guests:

Dr. Anselm Hartinger, Director of City Museums of Leipzig
Dr. Jörg Hansen, Director of Bachhaus Eisenach
Dr. Jürgen Ernst, Director of Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig
Gotthold Schwarz, Thomaskantor & Director of Thomanerchor
Ullrich Böhme, Organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig
Jörg Reddin, Organist and Music Director at Bachkirche Arnstadt
Frances Falling, Researcher and Singer at Schumann-Haus Leipzig
Christian Ratzel, Köthen Kultur und Marketing GmbH
Christiane Schmidt, Historian at Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig
Christian Stötzner, Organist and Music Director at Georgenkirche Eisenach
David Erler, Countertenor, Leipzig
Wolfram Lattke, Tenor, Leipzig
Julia Sophie Wagner, Soprano, Leipzig
Judith Rüber, Director of Arnstadt Summer Bach Festival

Ensembles featured:

Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra
Hong Kong Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra
Thomanerchor Leipzig & Gewandhaus Orchestra
The Netherlands Bach Society (All of Bach)
Bach Stiftung of St. Gallen (Rudolf Lutz)
Eastman School of Music Bach Ensemble
Eastman-Rochester Chorus
Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
Chinese University of Hong Kong Christian Choir
Ensemble Virama
Sing and Sign
Camerata Lipsiensis
Sächsisches Barockorchester

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