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Does the great Bach conductor Masaaki Suzuki think his audience will burn in hell?

Damian Thomson talks to the Japanese conductor – and strict Calvinist – about the religious underpinnings of his celebrated Bach recordings

12 March 2016

9:00 AM

12 March 2016

9:00 AM

When the Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads his forces in a performance of a Bach cantata, does he worry that the non-Christians in his audience will face the fires of Hell?

That seems a bizarre question to ask any conductor of Bach’s music, especially one from Japan, where only one per cent of the population is Christian.

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