A varied selection of music

Café Zimmermann

Café Zimmermann Café Zimmermann

The background

Café Zimmermann

In 1729, Bach was made director of the Collegium Musicum in Leipzig, a municipal music association of students and professional musicians, founded by Georg Philipp Telemann.

This café was the place where Bach performed works like the Kaffee-Kantate.“

Bach would give concerts with this association every Friday evening in the Zimmermannsche Kaffeehaus, on Katharinenstraße, which was the most elegant street in Leipzig at the time. The owner of the fashionable coffee house, Gottfried Zimmermann, did not charge rent to the musicians, and the audience had free admission. Zimmermann made his money through selling coffee, which was still a rare and exotic delicacy in those days.

This café was the place where Bach performed works like the Kaffee-Kantate, as well as his Violin Concertos and pieces by fellow composers like Handel and his good friend Telemann. This season, we are bringing together a selection of this wide variety of music, in the Café Zimmermann programme.

The concert

Works and Performance


Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Amore Traditore, BWV 203
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, 'Kaffee-Kantate', BWV 211

Armida Abbandonata, HWV 105

Excerpts from Nouveau Quatuors


Netherlands Bach Society
conducted by Shunske Sato

Marc Pantus, director

Lucie Chartin, soprano

Jan-Willem Schaafsma, tenor 

Matthijs van de Woerd, bass

Experience more

View this work on All of Bach

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, und murmelt gelinde

cantatas, BWV 206

Violin concerto in E major

orchestral works, BWV 1042