15 years choir scene Lower Austria - J. S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion

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January 1970

The St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) belongs to the great musical treasures of music history. The subtle dramaturge Bach sets the characters of the plot almost scenic-opera-like on stage, especially in his Passions. Like no other composer, Bach creates a dramatic Gesamtkunstwerk with the combination of Gospel passages, free poetry and chorales which, especially in recent performance practice, can be regarded above all as a metaphor for suffering humanity.

Program and cast


Daniel Johannsen, Evangelist
Daniel Ochoa, Jesus
Melanie deer, soprano
Oscar Verhaar, Altus
Johannes Bamberger, Tenor
Lisandro Abadie, bass
Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen, children's choir
Choir Ad Libitum
a-cappella choir tulln
ten choirs of the choir scene Lower Austria, chorales
Barucco, original sound orchestra
Heinz Ferlesch, conductor



"Matthäus-Passion" for solos, choir and orchestra in two parts BWV 244 (1727/1736)

Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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