Johann Sebastian Bach / Félix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Saint Matthew Passion


Oratorio in two parts, in German
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The Saint Matthew Passion is Bach's greatest work, one which constitutes an unsurpassable pinnacle not only of Protestant church music, but in the universal history of music. Forgotten after Bach's death, the work was played in Berlin on 11 March 1829, a century after its original performance, with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducting. The composer and conductor adapted the work to Romantic tastes in music performance, shortened it by a third, and employed an enormous (158-person) chorus and an orchestra scaled to match it. The resounding success resulted in a repeat performance on March 21, Bach's birthday, which became a significant social event: present were both the court and the crème de la crème of the contemporary German intelligentsia. This launched the Bach renaissance, and in a wider sense, the general practice of resurrecting earlier music.

The original publisher of the oratorio - Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag / Urtext Edition - Bärenreiter Praha s.r.o.
Photo by Nagy Attila

General cast

Conductor
György Vashegyi
Evangelist
Zoltán Megyesi
Jesus
István Kovács
Soprano
Gabriella Fodor
Alto
Atala Schöck
Tenor
Zoltán Megyesi
Bass
Krisztián Cser

Credits

Director
Géza M. Tóth
Visual design and animation
Antonin Krizsanics / Miklós Gerdelics / Géza M. Tóth / Tibor Nagy / Balázs Fekti
Consultant
Zsolt Czakó
Chorus director
Kálmán Strausz
Featuring
Budapest Studio Chorus / Honvéd Male Choir / Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

Premiere
March 28, 2013

Events

2017. April 12., Wed, 18:00
2017. April 13., Thu, 19:00
2017. April 15., Sat, 19:00