Bring up the subject of the Passion - as a musical genre - to Hungarian music aficionados, and they are most likely to immediately think of two essential works by Johann Sebastian Bach: his Saint Matthew and Saint John passions. This is true even though other composers also wrote successful and frequently performed works in this format that evokes the suffering of Christ.The Müpa Budapest audience first had the opportunity to hear Handel's Brockes Passion in a March 2016 performance featuring the Hungarian Radio Choir and Capella Savaria under the baton of Howard Arman together with superb vocal soloists. This concert a year later can be considered a natural continuation of that evening. Why? The respected Hamburg senator Barthold Heinrich Brockes, who was also a noted poet and writer and an archetypal figure of the German Enlightenment, first published his passion libretto Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende JESUS (The Story of Jesus, Suffering and Dying for the Sins of the World), in 1712. The work went through 30 editions over the next decade and a half and inspired numerous composers of the day to set it to music, including Reinhard Keiser (1712), Georg Philipp Telemann (1716), Johann Mattheson (1718), Johann Friedrich Fasch (1723), Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1725) and Johann Caspar Bachofen (1759). What's more, the influence of the Brockes text can also be detected in Bach's two more familiar passions, which employ both specific passages and the form of dramatic dialogue that was invented by Brockes.
This means that, after experiencing Handel's version last year, it will be well worth finding out how another composer of the era, Telemann, who was Bach's good friend and godfather to his son, himself set the renowned passion libretto to music.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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Refreshments – Without the Queue
Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.