No 22 Passion

Sat 15th June 2019  »  8:00 pm
Bach & Friends

– G. H. Stölzel: Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld, aus der Notenbibliothek J. S. Bachs (first modern Performance in Leipzig)

Veronika Winter (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (altus), Markus Brutscher (tenor), Martin Schicketanz (bass), Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, direction: Hermann Max

Concert introduction: 7.00 pm, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Dr. Klaus Rettinghaus · Pre-concert talk in English: Dr. Andrew Talle
A cooperation between Thüringer Bachwochen and Bachfest
Ticket prices: € 87,00 | 67,00 | 47,00 | 21,00
reduced: € 77,00 | 57,00 | 37,00 | 16,00

For three decades, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel was the highly acclaimed kapellmeister of the court of Gotha. His compositions, including a large number of cantatas and oratorios, were universally prized and popular pieces. Johann Sebastian Bach too admired his colleague in Gotha. This became clear when, a few years ago, a printed text turned up in the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg. Its content: Bach’s passion music for St. Thomas’ Church on the Good Friday of 1734. The surprise was that Bach did not perform a Passion of his own, but the Passion oratorio »Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld« (A Lamb Goues and Bears the Guilt) by G. H. Stölzel, written in 1720 for Gotha. Bach’s decision is easy enough to understand, as Stölzel’s Passion is a compelling work, with heartfelt, delicately instrumented arias. Reason enough to perform the piece again in 2019, with an equally delicate ensemble, in St. Thomas’ Church for the first time.