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In its choreographed version of the St. Matthew Passion, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart offers new dimensions to Bach‘s musical drama. And, for the one hundred schoolchildren who delved into Bach‘s monumental work and learned to dance as an artistic form of self-expression, it was an opportunity to experience the power of his music first hand. The interplay of professional musicians and young amateurs turned into a creative bridge for all involved. By deciding to have its own baroque orchestra and a choir formed of singers with practical, performing criteria in mind, the Bachakademie is forging a new path. The basic kind of sound, and at the same time the
unique international selling point of this new approach underlies the Bachakademie’s decision to commission a historical replica of a chamber organ by the legendary organ builder and contemporary of Bach, Gottfried Silbermann. An original instrument by him has recently been discovered in Seerhausen, Saxony. As an example of the baroque sound, true to the original, this replica embodies the approach at the very heart of a Bachakademie of the future. The newly-founded baroque orchestra and the newly-constituted choir of the Bachakademie will perform under the joint name GAECHINGER CANTOREY from now onwards. Based on the historic foundations of the Bach era, and with roots in the living performance history of the choir founded by Helmuth Rilling, this name represents an integrated musical approach and the aesthetic sound ideal of the baroque.
In this choreographed Passion there are two discrete but overlapping layers of action; Bach’s elaborated setting of St Matthew is peculiarly suited to such an approach. The vocal soloists are all excellent, fairly extrovert whether in a mode of declamation or confession; Benno Schachtner’s alto and Benedikt Kristjánsson’s Evangelist are most vividly drawn and sung. The gestures are unpretentious. Powerful musical values underpin the enterprise.
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Works on This Recording
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Kresimir Strazanac (Baritone),
Paul Schweinester (Tenor),
Benno Schachtner (Countertenor),
Gerlinde Saemann (Soprano),
Isabel Jantschek (Soprano),
Peter Harvey (Bass)
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany
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