Sunday, 9 April 2017

St Matthew Passion in movie theatre


Reinbert de Leeuw conducted in 2016 Bach's St. Matthew Passion, a work he had done until then rarely. a documentary was made about the creative process and the same team made a record of a complete execution. Which is now in theaters.

In his long career as a conductor heard Reinbert (1938), the St. Matthew Passion often, but he conducted the work rarely. When he took up the score of the St. Matthew in 2015, which was only the second time that he would conduct Bach's work.At the invitation of Holland Baroque de Leeuw studied the score again and discovered things about the meaning of the music, the way Bach divided the references in the text. The text plays a major role in de Leeuw's music and in the way he later would rehearse with soloists, he devoted much attention. Dutch Chamber Choir was commissioned phrases like 'Sind Blitze, sind Donner "literally spit out. 

Documentarymaker Cherry Duyns explained the creative process firmly in the film The Mission of St. Matthew Reinbert de Leeuw, who went to the Dutch Film Festival premiere last year and later was shown in cinemas. Part of the production was a recording of a complete performance of the work in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. De Leeuw, as he explained in the documentary, wanted it performed  there and not at the Concertgebouw, what a would have been more obvious .


The way Holland Baroque with concertmaster Judith Steenbrink, Dutch Chamber Choir and soloists perform Bach's job is to follow the cinema very close with the camera work of renowned cameramen as Erik van Empel and Paul van den Bos. The soloists are Joanne Lunn (soprano), Delphine Galou (alto), Christopher Watson (tenor), Tomáš Král (bass), Andreas Wolf (BC) and Benedikt Kristjánsson (evangelist). At the first part also contributes to Roder Boys Choir.

Besides the wide range of performances of the Passions of Bach, a filmed version of Reinbert be a nice addition. I will see the "Matthew Mission" later next week, but today I am going to see the "Matthew Passion" at the nearest movie theatre near my house. Oh, yes and because I have this gold card the entrance will be free as well. Smile. How great is that?



4 comments:

  1. Looking forward to your review, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. If you like any of Bach's work you should buy this one, it's one of the most impressive performances and I have seen a couple of hundreds.

      Han

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  2. I wish I could see this one too.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. His version of "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" literally made me cry in the cinema...
      And then again with the acapella version of: "Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden"....

      O God,
      Han

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