Workshops/Festivals 2017

Workshops/Festivals 2017: (PL) 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans Final ConcertConcert: "St. Matthew Passion - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor" (18 Sep 2016, 7:00PM)

Contributed by admin on Sep 14, 2016

"September 18 in Wroclaw, the 51st International Festival Wratislavia Cantans  will host Sir John Eliot Gardiner. That evening maestro will lead the final concert of the festival.

It seems difficult to find two compositions more divergent than St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first one is an action-packed drama, almost demanding a stage for performance. The latter is a contemplative piece, adding a lyrical commentary to each fragment of the Gospel story: thoughtful inner voices of indefinite characters, who try to somehow cope with what they had witnessed. We later recognize that these contemplations and unobtrusive answers reflect our own thoughts, and that we are drawn right into Matthew’s story, almost imperceptibly. If St. John Passion turns us into agitated spectators, St. Matthew Passion sees us as  ...

participants, placed in the very centre of events. According to Bach’s confession, he was following the indications of Martin Luther, who encouraged experiencing the history of salvation individually and personally. ..."

Sir John Eliot Gardiner – conductor
Mark Padmore – Evangelist
Stephan Loges – Christus
Hannah Morrison – soprano
Eleanor Minney – alto
Reginald Mobley – countertenor
Alex Ashworth – bass
Ashley Riches – bass
Jonathan Sells – bass

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists

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