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Sandström’s St Matthew Passion in Berlin

On Sunday 16 February Sven-David Sandström’s St Matthew Passion will receive its world premiere in Berliner Philharmonie.

Sven-David Sandström Photo: Ewa Rudling

Sven-David Sandström
Photo: Ewa Rudling

This is yet another work where Sandström utilizes the same text as Bach uses in his work. 
With its 78 movements, at two-and-a-quarter hours Sandström’s Passion is his most extensive non-operatic work, and one he considers one of his most significant.

“The music is very beautiful I believe, says Sandström. There is a lyricism in it that is palpable and perhaps unexpected. But it is of course my interpretation of the text that I have tried to bring out.”

Stefan Parkman conducts the Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, the Academy Choir of Uppsala and Staatskapelle Halle in Berlin. 
Baritone Olle Persson sings the role of Christ.

The Swedish premieres will take place during Easter week in Stockholm and in Uppsala, and this autumn will see the US premiere.

The project is a collaboration between Academy Choir of Uppsala, Philharmonischer Chor Berlin and University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.




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