Johann Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

St Matthew Passion

semi-staged opera 10

March 28., Sunday 19:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Bánffy Stage

Oratorio in one part, in German, with Hungarian and English surtitles

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.



THE CRITICS RESPOND:

“Yes: Jesus, passion, Bach and ballet – all in one place. (…) It is no exaggeration to state that the audience got the chance to be part of a true curiosity.” (Rudolf Gusztin, Playliszt)

Details

Location
Eiffel Art Studios – Bánffy Stage
Date
March 28, 2021
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
9:30 p.m.
Director
Géza M. Tóth
Visual design and animation
Géza M. Tóth Balázs Fekti Antonin Krizsanics Miklós Gerdelics Tibor Nagy
Consultant
Zsolt Czakó
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Featuring
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Head of the Children's Chorus
Nikolett Hajzer

Events

Premiere: March 28, 2013

Eiffel Art Studios – Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Bánffy Stage

Reviews

Yes: Jesus, passion, Bach and ballet – all in one place. (…) It is no exaggeration to state that the audience got the chance to be part of a true curiosity.” (Rudolf Gusztin, Playliszt)