In this work, Bach’s famous interpretation of the passion of Christ is condensed into a musical narrative for tenor, harpsichord, chamber organ and percussion. Unlike the original, the entire passion - from recitatives to arias - is sung by a tenor. Inspired by the original performance practice, the audience joins in on singing the chorales. Moreover, concentrating the music to such an extent and involving the audience in its lyrics increases the drama, intensity and timeliness of the Biblical story.
Previous to the performance, the musicians provide the audience with a short workshop to prepare them for their role in it.
This version of Bach’s Passion is a project provided by PODIUM, an organisation that has been collaborating with the Oranjewoud Festival for a number of years.