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A joint project of ERP and the City of Tartu

The festival Glasperlenspiel (‘The Glass Bead Game’) directed by Peeter Vähi has got its inspiration from the novel by Hermann Hesse. It is certainly a leading musical event in Estonian summer where music lovers can enjoy performers like Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Piotr Anderszewski, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Olli Mustonen, Järvi “dynasty”, Christoph Eschenbach, etc.

Glasperlenspiel presents:
Sun, March 25th, 2018 at 5 pm in Kaarli kirik (Charles’ Church), address Toompuiestee 4, Tallinn
Palm Sunday Concert
Johann Sebastian Bach − ST JOHN PASSION, BWV 245

Bach composed his St John passion during his second year in Leipzig, in 1724. As the freshly appointed cantor of the St Thomas church and therefore also the music director for the four churches of Leipzig, Bach probably felt the need to prove himself in this new situation. After all, he was far from first choice for the position − one official of the city council even remarked that, in lieu of the best man, they would have to make do with a mediocrity. With the St John passion, Bach was surely able to surpass these doubts, as the piece was the most extensive he had written so far.
It is known from his obituary that Bach wrote five settings of the passion story, but the only surviving ones today are the St John’s and St Matthew’s. Perhaps this is the reason why these two masterpieces are constantly compared to each other. Robert Schumann, who conducted thet John passion in 1851, considered it “more daring, forceful and poetic” than the St Matthew passion. The St John passion is also often described as more realistic, faster paced and more anguished. Bach never composed an opera, but this is about as close as he came.
St John passion is written for an intimate ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo and pairs of flauti traversi and oboes. For additional colours, Bach also used lute, viola d'amore and viola da gamba. The author of the libretto is unknown, although it is likely that it was Bach himself. The core of the libretto is made up by chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John, with some additional paragraphs from the Gospel of Matthew and settings of poems by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Christian Weise and Christian Heinrich Postel. The St John passion was first performed on Good Friday, April 7 in 1724 at the St Nicholas church in Leipzig.
AndresMustonen VPetrikasBach repeatedly returned to the piece, revising it three times: in 1725, 1732 and 1749. This clearly shows how much value Bach placed on the work. Nowadays, the original work of 1724 is the most often performed version.

Anto Õnnis (Evangelist), Jaanika Kuusik (soprano), Iris Oja (mezzo-soprano), Tõnis Kaumann (baritone), Alvar Tiisler (bass), Tallinn Boys Choir (chorus master Lydia Rahula), All-Estonian Choral Choir, Voces Musicales, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen

Special thanks: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Choral Association, City of Tallinn, Kaie Tanner

By ticket from Piletilevi

Next events: Glasperlenspiel Festival 2018

Glasperlenspiel2017AudienceGlasperlenspiel was born in July 1995, when the first festival was organized on the initiative of Pärnu City Government and Eesti Kontsert, the National Concert Institute. From its very beginning the artistic director of this festival is Peeter Vähi, a composer and music producer.
Ever since then the concert halls and the churches have acted as concert venues for many world famous artists (European Union Baroque Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Absolute Ensemble, Kremerata Baltica, Roy Goodman, Christoph Eschenbach, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Vadim Repin, Gidon Kremer, Olli Mustonen) as well as leading musicians of Estonia (Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Opera, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Early Music Consort Hortus Musicus, NYYD Ensemble, Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Paavo JärviOlari Elts, Andres Mustonen, Kristjan Järvi, Tõnu Kaljuste, Kalle Randalu, Martin Kuuskmann...)

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Tickets: Piletilevi (www.piletilevi.ee)

Peeter Vähi – artistic director
Tiina Jokinen – management director
Kadri Kiis – producer, accountant
Kaisa Luik – festival booklet
Olavi Sööt – logistics
Reno Hekkonens – marketing, PR
Mart Kivisild − design
Johannes Vähi − webmaster, live streaming, logistics
Lukas Groen − orchestra’s management

Thanks: Tartu City Government, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia

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