Program Booklet

St Matthew Passion

Saturday, March 30
19:00 hours


Residentie Orkest The Hague
Richard Egarr
Nick Pritchard evangelist
Peter Harvey Christus
Ilse Eerens soprano
Barbara Kozelj mezzo-soprano
Joshua Ellicott tenor
Stephan Loges bass
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Haags Matrozenkoor
(rehearsing Peter van der Leeuw)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (1727) 

End of concert approximately 10:15 p.m. 


Fun fact

Johann Sebastian Bach 

(Eisenach March 21, 1685 - July 28, 1750, Leipzig) 

As far as is known, Bach himself conducted four performances of his St. Matthew Passion. After that, this passion, like much of his other music, fell into oblivion. It was the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy who managed to get the "Grosse Passion" back on the lecterns. On March 11, 1829, some one hundred years after its premiere in Leipzig, he led the first performance at the Berlin Singakademie from behind the grand piano (!). However, with a huge choir - 158 singers - and numerous cuts, especially chorales and arias had to go. The Residentie Orkest first performed the St. Matthew Passion in 1907.

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