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Thomanerchor Leipzig

Thomanerchor Leipzig

St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig has an almost 800-year-long history. Its members, the so called Thomaner, live and study at St Thomas’s school, and have their musical home at St Thomas’s church in Leipzig. St Thomas’s Boys Choir is only half a century younger than the city itself, and is its oldest cultural institution. At the Frankfurt Reichstag in 1212, Otto IV sanctioned the settlement of Augustine canons in a monastery dedicated to St Thomas at Leipzig. From the very beginning, liturgical singing formed part of the education. Georg Rhau, whose two-year tenure as cantor at St Thomas witnessed the dispute between Martin Luther and Johann Eck, heads the long list of famous cantors. Although, initially, cantors remained in office for only short periods, Sethus Calvisius already held his post for the duration of twenty years between 1594 and 1615. Johann Hermann Schein (1616–1630) and Johann Kuhnau (1701–1722) were two of his early successors. Johann Sebastian Bach was installed as cantor at St Thomas on 31 May/1 June 1723, and was to remain in this post for 27 years. The regular performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passion settings, Christmas Oratorio, and of his Mass in B minor acquired their fame in the early twentieth century during the cantorship of Karl Straube.

More information about St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig at http://www.leipzig-online.de/thomanerchor/

Johann Sebastian Bach:  The Great Choral CantatasSt Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Great Choral Cantatas
Blu-ray Christmas OratorioThe blu-ray disc of the Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach
Blu-ray Christmas Oratorio
DVD Christmas OratorioDVD of the Christmas Oratorio by Thomanerchor Leipzig and Gotthold Schwarz
DVD Christmas Oratorio
Christmas OratorioBach's Christmas Oratorio by Thomanerchor Leipzig and the "Gewandhaus"-orchestra
Christmas Oratorio
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Christmas OratorioLive recording from the Nikolaikirche Leipzig
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantatas: 11, 117, 29Unlocking Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantatas: 11, 117, 29
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Weihnachtsoratorium HighlightsThomanerchor & Gewandhausorchester
Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium Highlights
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Christmas Oratorio BWV 248St Thomas's Boys Choir & Gewandhaus
Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
St Thomas's Boys Choir:  a PortraitBach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Others
St Thomas's Boys Choir: a Portrait
St Thomas's Boys Choir:  Cantatas for Marian Feasts 9/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir: Cantatas for Marian Feasts 9/10
St Thomas'’s Boys Choir:  Cantatas for Easter 5/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas'’s Boys Choir: Cantatas for Easter 5/10
Paul Gerhardt:  The Great ChoralesSt Thomas's Boys Choir & Otto Sander
Paul Gerhardt: The Great Chorales
Johann Sebastian Bach:  St John Passion BWV 245St Thomas's Boys Choir & Gewandhaus
Johann Sebastian Bach: St John Passion BWV 245
St Thomas's Boys Choir:  Cantatas for Trinity Season 8/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir: Cantatas for Trinity Season 8/10
St Thomas's Boys Choir:  Cantatas for the Ascension 6/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir: Cantatas for the Ascension 6/10
St Thomas'’s Boys Choir:  Cantatas for Passiontide 4/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas'’s Boys Choir: Cantatas for Passiontide 4/10
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig:  Cantatas for Christmas 2/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig: Cantatas for Christmas 2/10
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig:  Cantatas for Advent 1/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig: Cantatas for Advent 1/10
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig:  Cantatas for Epiphany 3/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig: Cantatas for Epiphany 3/10
St Thomas's Boys Choir  and the University Church of St PaulIn Memory of Its Destruction in 1968
St Thomas's Boys Choir and the University Church of St Paul
Christmas Songs  from St Thomas's ChurchSt Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig
Christmas Songs from St Thomas's Church
St Thomas's Boys Choir:  Cantatas for the Reformation 10/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir: Cantatas for the Reformation 10/10
FelixMendelssohn Bartholdy:  Psalms and MotetsSt Thomas's Boys Choir & Gewandhaus
FelixMendelssohn Bartholdy: Psalms and Motets
Paul Gerhardt:  Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen?Settings by Friedrich Mergner
Paul Gerhardt: Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen?
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig:  Cantatas for Pentecost 7/10The Liturgical Year with JS Bach
St Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig: Cantatas for Pentecost 7/10
Johann Sebastian Bach:  St Matthew Passion BWV 244 (b)premiere recording of the early version
Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244 (b)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Requiem in D minor KV 626St Thomas's Boys Choir & Gewandhaus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor KV 626
St Thomas's Boys Choir  in the 19th CenturyCantors of St Thomas and Their Context
St Thomas's Boys Choir in the 19th Century
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hältThe Newly Discovered Organ Work:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält
Gotthold Schwarz:  Jauchzet ihr HimmelCantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann
Gotthold Schwarz: Jauchzet ihr Himmel
Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B MinorSt Thomas's Boys Choir Leipzig
Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B Minor
Johann Sebastian Bach:  St Matthew Passion BWV 244St Thomas's Boys Choir on DVD
Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244
St Thomas's Boys Choir:  Herz und Mund und Tat und LebenThe Successful Cinema Hit on DVD
St Thomas's Boys Choir: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
Clavierbüchlein vor  Anna Magdalena BachinWith Soloists from the Boys Choir
Clavierbüchlein vor Anna Magdalena Bachin
The Liturgical Year  with Johann Sebastian BachThe complete CD-Edition
The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach
DVD: Johann Sebastian Bach  Mass in B MinorSt. Thomas' Boys Choir
DVD: Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B Minor