The Passion – one of the four settings that Johann Sebastian Bach composed, of which only two survive – was first performed on Good Friday 1727. Revised several times until 1746, it blends Biblical text from the Gospel of Matthew with contemporary poetry that delves into its character’s thoughts. From the opening Chorus, it is clear that Bach is drawing on an unprecedentedly vast canvas, creating orchestral textures hitherto unimagined. The piece demands two separate choirs and orchestras, each of whom has several soloists attached. The resulting interplay adds further complexity to the music, which is alternatively ebullient and plaintive. In the hands of Gardiner and his ensembles, this looks to be an Easter delight.
|What||Bach's St Matthew Passion, Barbican Centre|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
On 26 Mar 16, 6:30 PM – 9:45 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|