St Matthew Passion

Music by

Johann Sebastian Bach

Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace

Strasbourg, FR

Friday March 25, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Palais de la Musique et des Congres

Strasbourg, FR

Thursday March 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Saturday March 26, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Cast

Evangelist  Nicholas Phan
Baritone  Jonathan Lemalu
Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Mezzo-soprano  Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Tenor  Bernard Richter
Bass  Matthew Brook
Bass  Bertrand Grunenwald

Conductor

Paul Goodwin

About

Debuted in Leipzig on Good Friday of 1736, the St. Matthew Passion is considered by Bach himself as his most important work. One in whom he sees his "Great Passion" in comparison with the no less sublime St. John Passion, is a major religious work. Built on a high-flying literary dialogue, which blends excerpts from the Gospel to the comments of Martin Luther and Picander, the author of many of his books, this work-world aims to provide answers to questions arises humanity over his own destiny. These responses are staggering conviction in a highly symbolic context. Behind the apparent rigor, an infinite sum of musical descriptions is the historical context of the action, its meaning and its resonance before to rise through sumptuous arias, very high up, in the firmament of the creative act. With beautiful conclusions that bring us back to the essence of the sacred. Whether one is a believer, agnostic or atheist, Christian or not, the message can be received with the same fervor in a move that led to universal concord.

Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg Chorus
The boys choir of Colmar