Farewell concert Shunske Sato

The good and eternal life

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The background

The good and eternal life

This programme features three cantatas close to the heart of outgoing artistic director Shunske Sato. He has therefore carefully chosen them for this musical farewell concert.

Cantatas close to Sato's heart“

That the most beautiful music is often not necessarily the most optimistic, we also see in this programme.

Cantata 'Ach wie flüchtig' focuses on the fleetingness and futility of life. Fast tempi here do not stand for cheerfulness but refer to the speed at which life flies by. The atmosphere is bittersweet, the earthly is transient, the heavenly life beckons. Precisely that perspective is the hope that shines at the end: 'Wer Gott fürcht, bleibt ewig stehen'.

Cantata 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot' BWV 39 is about the art of the good life, the moral duty of charity. Not surprisingly, the final chorale contains a clear reference to the Beatitudes from Matthew. The text inspired Bach to create beautiful examples of visual music.

In cantata 'Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben', the vanitas idea from 'Ach wie flüchtig' returns. Already in the opening chorus you can hear time ticking away. However, the confidence that death is not the end echoes throughout this cantata. When all concerns have been expressed, the atmosphere tilts and bass and soprano look forward to the farewell with confidence.

With this confidence that farewell is never final, we wave goodbye to Shunske Sato as our artistic director.

The concert

Works and Performance


Johann Sebastian Bach
cantata 'Ach wie flüchtig' BWV 26
cantata 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot' BWV 39
cantata 'Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben' BWV 8 (first version in E major)


Netherlands Bach Society
Shunske Sato, violin and leader

Griet De Geyter, soprano
Franz Vitzthum, alto
Guy Cutting, tenor
Felix Schwandtke, bass


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