BOSTON │On March 19 at 8 p.m., continuing Emmanuel Music's BACH REIMAGINED season, Emmanuel Music’s acclaimed orchestra, chorus and renowned soloists under the direction of Ryan Turner will present a reconstruction of the Bach St. Mark Passion. This is the first performance in the organization’s 46-year history. The evening will begin with a pre-talk at 6:45 p.m. from Bach scholar Christoph Wolff who consulted on the reconstruction.
Bach is known to have written five passion settings: St. John (1722); St. Matthew (1726); St. Luke, which has been lost; a possible single choir setting for St. Matthew; and St. Mark (1731). The St. Mark may be considered by and large lost. While the libretto by Picander has survived, there is no music for the recitatives, nor for some of the arias, or the turba choruses.
Armed with Bach’s Trauerode BWV198, (a funeral cantata from 1727, and the origins of the work), Picander’s libretto, three other reconstructions and the sage guidance of the pre-eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, Turner has created Emmanuel Music’s own reconstruction.
“[I’m] fully aware that no construction of a lost Bach work can ever equal what the composer himself actually wrote,” explained Turner. “Our intention is to help make Bach’s third setting of the Passion story a living experience as a stylistically unified work, while at the same time revealing some of Bach’s greatest music which is otherwise rarely performed.”
Evangelist, Jason McStoots; Jesus, Mark McSweeney; Peter, Frank Kelley; Judas, Deborah Rentz-Moore; High Priest, Paul Guttry; Maid, Rebecca Whittington; Pilate, Charles Blandy; Soldier, Dana Whiteside; Centurion, Margaret Lias; Alterus (Other), Eric Christopher Perry.
Special Pre-Concert Dinner Package: On every concert date, the neighboring four-star Taj Boston Café will be serving a three-course dinner for $40 per person for Emmanuel Music concert ticket holders. To make reservations, contact the Taj Boston Café directly at 617.598.5255.
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Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church.
Emmanuel Music is funded in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.