Bach meets Jazz! International musicians from the world of jazz and classical music assembled in the market place in Leipzig to celebrate the great master. The line up of performers could hardly be surpassed - it includes world-famous musicians from both genres, including Bobby McFerrin, the Jacques Loussier Trio, the King’s Singers, Gil Shaham, the Turtle Island String Quartet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig all of whom joined forces on this memorable day – exactly 250 years after the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in the city where he lived and composed some of his major works as St. Thomas Cantor. Bach’s music is presented in the two-hour recording as extravagant arrangements of the composer’s hits´ and the concert took place under the motto that the music of Bach “is still vital, is still contemporary, and is still very much universal”. It proves its point resoundingly in one of the most enjoyable crossover programmes ever recorded – now available at an attractive mid-range price in the EuroArts DVD series “Invitation”.
Concerto in D major, BWV 972 (German Brass); Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major, BWV 1066 (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig); Fugue No.5 in D major, BWV 850 (Jacques Loussier Trio); Improvisation on “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme“, BWV 645 (Bobby Mc Ferrin); J.S. Bach / Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Bach (Turtles Island String Quartet) and traditionals