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Excitement! St. Matthew!

I sang Bach's Matthäus Passion for the first (and so far only) time back in 2003, but have never seen it performed live. Thanks to Tom Purdom, I shall see it on Saturday night - The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing it with a choir from Westminster Choir College. I heard about it too late and it was sold out, but Tom, a reviewer, had an extra comp ticket. So we shall geek out over Bach together.

It'll be an interesting interlude before I get back to B minor mass rehearsals on Tuesday. I am curious especially to compare Matthäus Passion to Johannes, which I sang for the first time last spring. I thought Johannes was much more difficult so far as the music went, and also much more, well, passionate, partly due to its being more compact and less theatrical, if that makes sense. I'd live to revisit the Matthäus at some point, now that I'm with a choir that does the Bach Festival.

I went back and read some of my posts from when I was preparing the Matthäus Passion, a very different experience than I would have now that I am much more familiar with singing Bach. Back then, we were a choir of about 100, as opposed to roughly 40; our orchestra was Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. That was the last time we could afford to perform, on our own, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Weirdly, I have few memories of the performance itself, despite how intense it all was at the time. So I'm glad I wrote about it at the time!

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sartorias
Mar. 29th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds fantastic!
oracne
Mar. 30th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
I am hoping it will be! The Orchestra does not normally do any Bach.
yagathai
Mar. 29th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Keep an eye on the guy singing the Evangelist's part. He's equal parts cheesy and hammy, but in a delightful way.

I will say that as much as I enjoyed it, by the last half hour I was a little antsy.

Also, they have a theorbo!
oracne
Mar. 30th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they hired Richard from Tempesta di Mare or someone else to play theorbo. I shall see tonight!

I call it "The Mighty Theorbo." Also "The Eye-Sticker."

Am thinking of having a nap this afternoon, as I wilt early. Also, maybe coffee with dinner.
paleologa
Mar. 29th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Have fun! Please give my love to Tom!
oracne
Mar. 30th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
Will do!
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