Rhinegold Publishing, By Katy Wright, March 3, 2016
Boston’s Emmanuel Music will perform Bach’s St Mark Passion for the first time in the ensemble’s 46-year history.
The group’s director Ryan Turner created a reconstruction of the work for the ensemble using Bach’s Trauerode BWV198 (a funeral cantata from 1727, and the origins of the work), Picander’s libretto, three other reconstructions and the guidance of Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.
‘[I’m] fully aware that no construction of a lost Bach work can ever equal what the composer himself actually wrote,’ said Turner. ‘Our intention is to help make Bach’s third setting of the Passion story a living experience as a stylistically unified work, while at the same time revealing some of Bach’s greatest music which is otherwise rarely performed.’
The concert will take place at 8pm on 19 March at the Emmanuel Church, Boston. Wolff will give a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.