St Matthew Passion - J.S. Bach
St Matthew Passion
|Saturday 24th March 2018|
|Orchestra||Musica Donum Dei||Conductor||Aric Prentice|
Evangelist: Mark Wilde
Christus: Nicholas Mogg
Soprano: Phoebe Kirrage
Alto: Alexander Turner
Tenor: Matthew Keighley
Bass: Ossian Huskinson
Lincoln Choral Society
Lincoln Cathedral Choir
Lincoln Cathedral Consort
Lincoln Diocesan Ladies Choir
William Farr School Choir
St Matthew Passion
This monumental St Matthew Passion is hailed as the greatest setting of the Passion story in western music, but it was not until almost 100 years after its premiere that Bach’s music got the recognition it deserved.
Composed in 1727, it is a setting of sections of St Matthew’s Gospel, designed as part of Good Friday Vespers for the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig. Following its premiere, it received two subsequent performances in 1736 and the 1740s. After that it was not performed again until its revival in Berlin in 1829 by Mendelssohn, which marked a renaissance of Bach’s sacred vocal music.
The St Matthew Passion, BWV 244, is a sacred oratorio written for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. The original Latin title: 'Passio Domini nostri J.C. secundum Evangelistam Matthæum' translates to "The Passion of our Lord J[esus] C[hrist] according to the Evangelist Matthew".
The St Matthew Passion was probably first performed on 11 April 1727 in the St. Thomas Church.
Future events include the following -further details will be added as they become available.
- March 24th 2018: Bach: St Matthew Passion. This will be performed with Lincoln Cathedral choir.
- Saturday 3rd November 2018: Britten's War Requiem. This will be performed with Grimsby and Scunthorpe choirs, Louth Choral Society, Gainsborough Choral Society, Lincoln Cathedral Choristers and Neustadt Liedertafel