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
The March 10th decision of the Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer, to close the state concert halls in Berlin as a precautionary measure also affects our concert on April 2nd. Our performance on this evening must unfortunately be postponed. We hope to reschedule the performance for a later date and will inform you as soon as plans have been settled. Tickets that have already been purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled evening.
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.