Bach for All Festival 2019
Mirror Chapel - Klementinum |
60 minutes |
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Sheng-Fang Chiu, Taiwanese recorder player, performs a transcription of sonatas for a recorder. These compositions originated in Koethen, where Bach himself had the opportunity to work with accomplished artists and guests.
J. S. Bach:
Sheng-Fang Chiu - flute
Nicholas Parle - cembalo
In 2019, the Bach for All festival is celebrating its 3rd anniversary. This time, the main theme of the festival is “Bach, the nobles, aristocracy and the king”. The idea of Bach for All this year is to present the crucial cornerstones of Bach’s music. The festival aims to expose Bach’s work in its wholeness while focusing on the well-known pieces as well as the more obscure opuses.
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Listen to the chamber classical musicor even jazz music in an opulently decorated ceremonial space. The Mirror Chapel, originally dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, is a unique sanctuary and one of the churches of the former Jesuit college,Prague Klementinum.
The Mirror Chapel was built in 1725 most likely by František Maxmilian Kaňka. The impressive installations of Baroque mirrors on the ceiling make the chapel unparalelled worldwide. Together with gilded stuccos of Bernardo Spinetti, marble panelling and ceiling frescoes by Jan Hiebl, these mirrors create great artistic value of the interior.
The chapel had been repeatedly desecrated and consecrated until it became a Prague classical concert and exhibition hall in 1936. The Mirror Chapel houses two precious Baroque organsand classical concerts held here are a unique and unforgettable experience.