Bach et consortes. Motets
Thursday, December 1, 2022, 6:30 PM
St Martin's Church
ul. Grodzka 58
With its plain facade and austere, unornamented interior, this particular church inclines one to...
An outstanding Italian conductor, organist, harpsichordist, expert on early music, Fabio Bonizzoni, has stressed many times that the cooperation between Poland and Italy has long and flourishing tradition. He himself adds its new chapter by his numerous performances in Kraków – such as with Cracow Singers in a programme comrising motets by Joahnn Sebastian Bach and other composers of the Baroque era, simply put: Bach et consortes.
Bartłomiej Pękiel Dulcis amor Jesu
Johann Sebastian Bach Jesu, meine Freude
Johann Sebastian Bach Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Johann Christoph Bach Fürchte dich nicht
Johann Christoph Bach Lieber Herr Gott
Johann Michael Bach Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen
Johann Sebastian Bach Komm, Jesu komm
Małgorzata Panek, Lidia Sosnowska - sopranos
Katarzyna Freiwald, Zuzanna Kozłowska - altos
Piotr Windak, Karol Kusz - tenors
Michał Jan Barański, Łukasz Dziuba - basses
Agnieszka Oszańca - cello
Aleksander Mocek - positive organ
Fabio Bonizzoni - conductor
St Martin's Church
ul. Grodzka 58
With its plain facade and austere, unornamented interior, this particular church inclines one to sink into reflection and prayer.
A baroque church was built in the 17th century for the Order of Discalced Carmelite Sisters and replaced an earlier, Romanesque one. Its diminutive size is rumoured to have been the result of a protest of the neighbouring Order of Poor Clares (operated by St Andrew’s) afraid that a greater structure would cast too much shadow over their estate.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, the church has remained in the hands of the Kraków Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession. The furnishing of the church, as required in Protestantism, is more than modest. The altar is graced by a painting of Christ Silencing a Storm by Henryk Siemiradzki, a leading representative of Polish academism. The Gothic crucifix (from 1380, one of the oldest depictions of crucified Christ in Kraków) hangs high above the altar. Transferred from the previous church, it is recognised as a miraculous object, and a legend endures of Christ speaking to one of the Carmelite Sisters. Leading to the church is a portal with a Latin inscription reading Frustra vivit, qui nemini prodest (In vain lives he who helps no one).
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