The Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki, who remains its music director, with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the baroque period. Since 1995 the BCJ has acquired a formidable reputation through its recordings of Bach’s church cantatas, an enterprise which in 2013 was concluded with the release of the 55th and final volume. During this period, the BCJ has also established itself on the international concert scene, with appearances at prestigious venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Ansbach Bachwoche and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany as well as at the BBC Proms in London. Besides the much acclaimed recordings of cantatas, releases by the ensemble include performances of a number of large-scale choral works by Bach, as well as Monteverdi (Vespers), Handel (Messiah) and, most recently, Mozart (Requiem, Great Mass in C minor).
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