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Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – 1750
St. Matthew Passion; BWV 244
The St Matthew Passion (German: Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of baroque music. Written in 1727 by Bach for performances in his Leipzig St. Thomas Church it is scored for two groups of vocalists and double orchestra. It sets parts of the Gospel of Matthew to music, told by the Evangelist (Tenor) in Dialogue with Jesus (Baritone and with interspersed chorales and arias.
Year by year the St. Matthew Passion is performed in major cathedrals and concert halls over the world, in the world famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for instance, the passion is performed at least ten times in the two lenten weeks before Easter to sold out audiences.
Martin Haselböck and Musica Angelica have toured the piece in 2007 with 14 acclaimed performances in Mexico City, Pasadena, New York, Savannah, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, Munich, Baden-Baden, Merano…..
With a cast of wonderful American and European Vocal soloists, Musica Angelica will perform this perennial masterwork in one of the most beautiful Los Angeles Churches to create atmosphere and spirit for a musical experience not to forget.