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Bach's St. Matthew Passion

  • Saint Peter's Church 619 Lexinton Ave at 54th Street New York, NY 10022 (map)

Saint Peter's Church is pleased to offer the latest in a decades-long tradition of performing one of the Bach Passions on Good Friday in a worship setting. This year, the St. Matthew Passion is performed in its entirety under the direction of the church's newly-appointed Cantor, Bálint Karosi. Mr. Karosi, a noted musician committed to historic performance practice, will present the work with a number of elements known to Bach and the Passion’s earliest hearers.

At Saint Peter’s, the Great Passion has traditionally been performed in English, with the congregation singing the Chorales. This year, the arias and poetic choruses will be sung in German. The result will be increased clarity of the musical and theological structures. The biblical portions of the libretto, along with the chorales, will be sung in English. Mr. Karosi hopes this approach will make the work accessible to the general public while presenting an authentic performance as close to the original as possible.

This year’s performance will feature two orchestras of period instruments (including the rarely-heard archlute in the aria

“Komm Suesses Kreutz”) in an early version of the passion (BWV 244b), that is probably the closest to what could have been the very first performance on Good Friday in 1727 at the Saint Thomas Church in Leipzig. This rendering also features guest soloists specializing in historic performance practice at Yale University Institute of Sacred Music.

Gene Stenger, Evangelist
Roosevelt Andre Credit, Jesus
Nola Richardson & Mary Elizabeth Poore, sopranos
Jonathan Kline, tenor
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Matt Sullivan, bass

Saint Peter’s Baroque Orchestra
Sarah Darling, principal violin
Ezra Seltzer, principal cello

Saint Peter’s Parish Choir

Balint Karosi, conductor & harpsichordist

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