Baroque&Before, Thursday at 10:00 pm
Thursday’s edition of Baroque&Before features music by J.S. Bach, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Jean-Philippe Rameau. The music was recorded live at the Stockholm Early Music Festival; they call it “the largest international event for historical music in the Nordic countries.” The festival is held annually in Stockholm’s Old Town.
Thursday’s concert was recorded at Tyska Kyrkan, the German Church dedicated to St. Gertrude. The church was set aside for German expatriates living in Stockholm under a decree by Sweden’s King John III (1537-1592). German priests were even brought in to preach to the community.
Construction of the church began in the 1580s for the purpose of housing a guild of German merchants, but the German parish, which had been sharing space with a monastery, moved to the site in order to establish their own community. The building was expanded to its present two-nave footprint between 1638-1642. Today the church continues to offer weekly sermons in German.