St Matthews Passion, BWV 244
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)
3rd Subscription Concert 2019/20
Thursday, 2 April 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Concert House at Gendarmenmarkt
Bach's St Matthew Passion, first performed in 1727, is one of the pinnacles of Protestant choral music. Largely forgotten after Bach's death, the work was revived by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in 1829 with great success following its one hundred-year "sleep". It is a truly gigantic work with an equally great libretto by Christian Friedrich Henrici, known as Picander. The oratorio recounts the Passion of Jesus as told in the Gospel of St Matthew. The arias and choral responses illuminate the thoughts and feelings of the believers in reaction to the dramatic events. The numerous artfully set chorales impressively underline the religious message and drama of the Passion narrative. A monumental and poignant work awaits you.