coffee with

"Let’s have a coffee together!”. How often we hear and say such a phrase: a cup of espresso is the very symbol of the Italian dolce vita, in spite of its bittersweet taste, and it symbolizes the pleasure of an informal meeting, shorter than a meal, but where friendships, fecund exchanges and profitable ideas may blossom.

In Bach’s Leipzig there weren’t the Italian coffee and espresso machines, but coffee itself wasn’t missing at all, together with its inebriating flavour and its convivial dimension. At the “Cafè Zimmermann” Bach, Telemann and other friends met frequently, in order to spend time and make music together; and in the midst of coffee cups, the world witnessed the birth of many of Bach’s instrumental masterpieces.

As is well known, Bach dedicated to the delicious hot drink one of his Cantatas, the “Coffee Cantatas”, i.e. the work by him which most closely resembles a comic opera. The protagonist is a girl who is very fond of coffee, and who has to negotiate with her stern father between the love’s or coffee’s delights: wisely, she chooses the former, knowing that, sooner or later, she will be able to enjoy the latter as well!

The video series “A coffee with” wishes therefore to offer our followers the pleasure of having coffee together, the joy of meeting and talking about music (and much more), and the possibility of doing this within an informal though not shallow context. We will invite, with you and on your behalf, both musicians and musicologists who are at the forefront of the Italian and international stage, and we’ll chat with them in the relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere of a “virtual”... “Cafè Zimmermann”.

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1. A coffee with - Enrico Dindo

Chiara Bertoglio e Maria Borghesi

discuss with cellist Enrico Dindo

about his edition and his recording of the Suites per violoncello and about the importance of these works for a musician's education and professional life.

2. A coffee with - Ruth Tatlow

Chiara Bertoglio e Maria Borghesi

discuss with musicologist Ruth Tatlow

about her research at the Uppsala University and her activities as cofounder and Chair of the Council of the Bach Network.


3. A coffee with - Elena Camoletto e Claudio Chiavazza

Chiara Bertoglio e Maria Borghesi discuss with the founders of the Coro Filarmonico "Ruggero Maghini", comprising a professional and a non-professional choir specialised in Bach, and the organisers of the Festival "BackTOBach" in Turin, the most important Bach festival in Italy.

4. A coffee with - Mauro Masiero and Federico Toffano

Chiara Bertoglio e Maria Borghesi chat with Mauro Masiero and Federico Toffano, co-founders of the Association BACHaro Tour organising a Bach festival in Venice.

5. A coffee with - Ton Koopman

Today we talk with legendary Ton Koopman, the founder of The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, one of the foremost Bach performers in the world, and the President of the Leipzig Bach Archiv.  Join us for an exciting talk, the first of two parts, about Koopman's views on Bach, on music, on Italy and much more! Part 2 will be broadcast on July 5th, 2020.                  


6. A coffee with - Tamar Halperin, Andreas Scholl

Chiara Bertoglio e Maria Borghesi meet the pianist and harpsichordist Tamar Halperin and her husband, the countertenor Andreas Scholl. Together we talk about Bach, music, family e interpreting.


7. A coffee with - Mauro Borgioni

In this video we speak with baritone Mauro Borgioni, one of the greatest Italian interpreters of Bach's vocal works. With him we discuss about the challenges faced by Italian singers performing Bach, but also about the unique qualities of the Italian vocal style when applied to Bach.

8. A coffee with - Ton Koopman - Part II

Today we continue our talk with legendary Ton Koopman, who kindly agreed to become an Honorary Member of A fascinating episode with valuable information about M° Koopman's activity and insights! 

9. A coffee with - Lorenzo Ghielmi

In this episode we talk with Lorenzo Ghielmi, one of the leading Italian musicians in the field of historically informed practice, whose numerous and award-winning Bach recordings have earned him worldwide fame. 

10. A coffee with - Michael Maul

In this episode we meet Michael Maul of the Bach Archiv and BachFest of Leipzig. We talk with him about the relationship between musicology and performed music, and the challenges of today's Bach scholarship. 


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