Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Since August 2013 the Gächinger Kantorei is led by Hans-Christoph Rademann, the artistic director of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. The choir significantly contributes to a variety of concerts and tours, radio broadcasts and CDs during the season. In addition to the MUSIKFESTSTUTTGART, the choir’s musical work is focused on a concert series of Oratorios, ranging from the music of Heinrich Schütz to commissioned works by contemporary composers. The main emphasis has always been the interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s vocal works.
The Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart was founded in 1954 by Helmuth Rilling and is named after a small village in the Swabian Mountains in southern Germany. The Gächinger Kantorei is a professional choir with a regular core membership which meets on a project-by-project basis. For several decades it has ranked amongst the world’s major concert choirs. Since 1981 the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart have been administered by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. The core concert activities of the choir and orchestra take place in the Bachakademie concerts in Stuttgart and the Musikfest Stuttgart, and in extensive guest performances in Germany and abroad. There the ensembles perform both separately and together.
The Gächinger Kantorei performs throughout the world with outstanding orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, New York Phiharmonic and Israel Philharmonic. In March 2009, as part of their tenth tour of Israel, the Gächinger Kantorei celebrated its 100th joint concert with musicians from Tel Aviv. The choir enjoys a particularly close relationship with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart of SWR. The Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart has performed at festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne and Prague, as well as in New York, Paris, London, Vienna, Strasbourg, Seoul and other cities. The choir regularly gives guest performances in musical centres and at major festivals throughout Germany (such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer). In 2011 the choir went on a major tour of China, and in 2012 travelled to Latin America.
Many recordings, mainly on the hänsslerCLASSIC label, illustrate the ensemble’s tremendous artistic diversity. Alongside the recording of the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach, issued on the EDITION BACHAKADEMIE label, the group specialises in vocal-symphonic rarities from the 18th to the 21st centuries, and has given many world premieres of works such as »Litany« by Arvo Pärt (1994), and »Requiem der Versöhnung« (1995) and »Deus Passus« by Wolfgang Rihm (2000). The first recording of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s opera »Der Onkel aus Boston« in 2004 was a particular highlight. The choir performs with guest conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Roger Norrington, Ton Koopman, Martin Haselböck, Alexander Liebreich, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Stefan Parkman, Dennis Russell Davies, Olari Elts and Hansjörg Albrecht. In 2013 Hans-Christoph Rademann took over the directorship of the Bachakademie Stuttgart and its ensembles – in 2016 renamed Gaechinger Cantorey.