Saint Matthew Passion

Budapest, Hungarian State Opera
Budapest, Hungary
Erkel Theatre
Thu 09 April 19:30
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In Brief
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.
Cast & Creative
General cast
Conductor
Gábor Csiki
Evangelist
Zoltán Megyesi
Jesus
István Kovács
Soprano
Gabriella Fodor
Alto
Atala Schöck
Tenor
István Horváth
Bass
Marcell Bakonyi
Credits
Director
Géza M. Tóth
Visual design and animation
Tibor Nagy / Miklós Gerdelics / Antonin Krizsanics / Balázs Fekti / Géza M. Tóth
Consultant
Zsolt Czakó
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Featuring
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Head of the Children's Chorus
Nikolett Hajzer

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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.

  • Cast & Creative

    General cast

    Conductor
    Gábor Csiki
    Evangelist
    Zoltán Megyesi
    Jesus
    István Kovács
    Soprano
    Gabriella Fodor
    Alto
    Atala Schöck
    Tenor
    István Horváth
    Bass
    Marcell Bakonyi

    Credits

    Director
    Géza M. Tóth
    Visual design and animation
    Tibor Nagy / Miklós Gerdelics / Antonin Krizsanics / Balázs Fekti / Géza M. Tóth
    Consultant
    Zsolt Czakó
    Chorus director
    Gábor Csiki
    Featuring
    Hungarian State Opera Chorus
    Head of the Children's Chorus
    Nikolett Hajzer

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