The Passion according to Saint Matthew BWV 244
Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:00 noon
Saint Peter's Church presents the Passion according to Saint Matthew in its original setting: in liturgy on Good Friday, much as it would have been at Leipzig's Thomaskirche on April 11, 1727. Cantor Balint Karosi, winner of the Leipzig Prize, leads the Bach Collegium at Saint Peter’s and Saint Peter’s Choir Choir.
Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion contains some of his memorable music from the haunting opening "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen" (Come ye daughters, join my lament), on a text by Picander, to the reflective Alto aria "Erbarme dich" (Have mercy). Faithful to the religious orthodoxy and responsive to emerging popular pieties, Bach is master of melody, technique, texture and harmonic structures.