Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart

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Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Seat: Stuttgart / Germany
Founding: 1954
Genus: Mixed choir (until 2016); mixed choir and baroque orchestra (from 2016)
Founder: Helmuth Rilling
Head : Hans-Christoph Rademann
Voices : SATB , depending on the project up to approx. 200 singers

The Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart , or Gächinger Kantorei for short , was a national and international choir based in Stuttgart . It was founded in 1954 at the Georgskirche in Gächingen (near Reutlingen ) by Helmuth Rilling , who directed the ensemble until 2013.

Under Rilling's successor, Hans-Christoph Rademann , the choir was reformed and the name changed in 2016. The new name Gaechinger Cantorey refers to both the choir and a newly founded baroque orchestra.

Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart

Initially, the choir devoted itself largely to a cappella music of the 16th, 17th and 20th centuries, in order to then expand its repertoire to include a cappella works of the Romantic era. In 1965 a continuous collaboration began with the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart , also founded by Rilling , combined with a shift in the repertoire focus to vocal-instrumental music of the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the 1960s, the first concert tours led to the GDR , ČSSR and Hungary , a first tour to the USA followed in 1968. In 1976 the choir gave the Israeli premiere of Brahms' German Requiem together with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra . Concert tours to Poland and Moscow took place in the 1980s.

Today the choir performs regularly with various orchestras at home and abroad (including the Stuttgart International Bach Academy , Salzburg Festival , Lucerne Festival Weeks , Prague Spring ). In 1985, after 15 years, the Gächinger Kantorei completed the world's first complete recording of all of Johann Sebastian Bach's sacred cantatas and oratorios by Hänssler Verlag . The numerous works premiered by the Gächinger Kantorei include Messa per Rossini (1988), Litany by Arvo Pärt (1994) and Deus Passus (Passion Pieces after Lukas) by Wolfgang Rihm (2000).

The Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart is not a standing professional ensemble, but is made up of a permanent group of choir members from all over Germany, predominantly graduates of music studies.

In August 2013, Helmuth Rilling's successor, Hans-Christoph Rademann, took over the artistic direction.

Gaechinger Cantorey (since 2016)

In summer 2016 the name was changed to Gaechinger Cantorey . In addition to a choir composed according to performance criteria, the name now also includes the newly formed baroque orchestra of the Bach Academy. The common name of choir and orchestra as cantorey is based on the language used in the 18th century, when a choir could be an ensemble of singers or an orchestra of instrumentalists. At the same time, the historicizing spelling reflects Cantorey Rademann's goal of achieving the “aesthetic sound ideal of the Baroque”.


  • Andreas Bomba (Ed.): “Singet se noh…?” Festschrift 50 Years of the Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart 1954–2004. International Bach Academy, Stuttgart 2004

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gaechinger Cantorey bachakademie.de, accessed on December 27, 2017.