No 37 New Passion

Mon 13th June 2016  »  18:00 pm

– J. S. Bach: Markus-Passion, BWV 247, (Rekonstruktion von D. Hellmann und A. Glöckner) – S. Schleiermacher: Nach Markus. Passion (Première, composition commissioned by Bach Archive Leipzig and Oslo International Church Music Festival, financed by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung)

Gesine Adler (soprano), Britta Schwarz (alto), Eric Stokloßa (tenor), Dirk Schmidt (bass), Collegium Vocale Leipzig, Merseburger Hofmusik, direction: Michael Schönheit

Concert introduction: 7.00 pm, Universität, Paulinum, Felix-Klein-Hörsaal, Dr. Klaus Rettinghaus, Christian Lehnert, Steffen Schleiermacher (pre-concert talk in German)

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Ticket prices: € 47,00 | 37,00
reduced: € 42,00 | 32,00

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Johann Sebastian Bach purportedly left behind five Passions, but the music of only two has survived the centuries: that of the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, and the St. John Passion, BWV 245. Of the other compositions there was, for a while, no trace; only a complete libretto for a St. Mark Passion had come down to us. And it came to be realized at an early date that for this Passion, similar to his Christmas Oratorio, Bach had evidently re-used parts of earlier compositions. Building on this, during the past 20 years numerous attempts at a reconstruction have been produced. Bach’s fragment is treated in a wholly different way by Steffen Schleiermacher’s composition with texts by Christian Lehnert: it integrates the surviving parts into a completely new work entitled »Nach Markus. Passion« (»According to Mark. Passion«), a commission that will be premiered at the Bach Festival.