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The cantatas of F.W. Zachow (1663-1712)


Brushed the dust off of Zachow's church cantatas

Accademia Amsterdam

In 2009, Accademia Amsterdam started a project involving the remaining music of Handel's teacher in Halle, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (Halle, 1663-1712). The ensemble's artistic director, Onno Verschoor, decided to brush the dust off of Zachow's music. In collaboration with Professor Ludger Remy, an appraised expert on the field of German baroque music, this led to a series of concerts in the Netherlands and Germany in 2009 and 2010.

Accademia Amsterdam is the first baroque ensemble in the world that re-performed Zachow’s cantatas, by means of careful reconstruction of instrumentation and choice of instruments. Some of them were contemporary premiered. The ensemble produced a first CD, completely dedicated to Zachow’s cantatas, for the major part first recorded.

Positive feedback has made clear that this music has been unjustly forgotten. From experience, we can say that it appeals strongly to a contemporary audience. Collaboration between the Dutch expertise on historical performance practice (Gustav Leonhardt and Frans Bruggen's school) and the German/European heritage (Zachow's music and Ludger Remy's experience) combines the best of both worlds.

We work with specialist soloists of name, including Constanze Backes from Germany and talented young alumni from, among others, the "Royal Conservatory of the Hague". Because of the unmatched talent and prestige of the performers, quality of performances has been set at a high standard.

To preserve the quality and authenticity of the music, a special location was used for recording: the "Pelsterkerk" in Groningen. This church has an organ that is comparable to the instrument Zachow used in Halle, which makes it an ideal location. Unfortunately, the original organ in the "Marienkirche" was lost. Thus, Accademia Amsterdam has contributed to the conservation and reanimation of the beautiful and variating music of Handel's teacher. The media has also noticed our effort; parts of the CD are often played on international radio stations.

Support this project by purchasing the CD in the web shop. At, you can listen to tracks of the entire CD. Watch the promotion video at YouTube.


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