All posts tagged: St John Passion

A Tapestry of Sacred Music Arvo Pärt’s Passio: St John Passion in the Dark

It was an amazing experience to be invited by the Esplanade to perform in “A Tapestry of Sacred Music“. This annual music festival is presented by the Esplanade and sees some of the most colourful performances of spiritual-religious music by equally colourful performers. This year, I had the privilege to be part of this huge festival as chorus-master, preparing the Schola Cantorum Singapore for Arvo Pärt’s Passio. The concert was fully subscribed and the Esplanade Concert Hall was packed with an appreciative audience. The choir and I had a really good time studying in depth, Pärt’s music and delving deep into this poetic music and text that speaks of the spirit behind one man’s ultimate sacrifice. A big thank you to the Esplanade for inviting and hosting us so wonderfully, and a big shoutout and thank you to The Straits Times (ST Life 17 April 2019) and 938NOW DJ Eugene Loh’s live radio show for the wonderful coverage on this event.

A Passionate Passion: A review of Bach’s St John Passion conducted by Lim Yau

GALA: BACH: ST JOHN PASSION 4 April 2014 (Fri) Esplanade Concert Hall Performing Home of the SSO LIM YAU conductor STEVE DAVISLIM tenor (Evangelist & arias) MARTIN SNELL baritone (Pilate & arias) JAN-HENDRIK ROOTERING bass-baritone (Christus) NADINE LEHNER soprano (Maid) LUCIA CERVONI mezzo-soprano REGINALD MATTHIAS JALLEH* tenor (Servant) TEO ENG SIANG# bass (Peter) SINGAPORE SYMPHONY CHORUS HALLELUJA CHORUS NAFA CHAMBER CHOIR *member of NAFA Chamber Choir #member of Singapore Symphony Chorus JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH St John Passion, BWV.245 2hrs It has been several years since I last attended a ‘Historically Informed Performance’ (HIP) in Singapore and I was intrigued to see a chamber-sized string orchestra with theorbo (belonging to the lute family), viola da gambas (modern cello’s ancestor), organ and harpsichord with a near 100-strong chorus onstage during the recent Gala St John Passion Concert conducted by Lim Yau. I am sure somewhere, some (stuffy old) musicologist-purist, while acknowledging stylistically performed ornaments and melodic embellishments might have scoffed at this recent rendition of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion! Indeed, Bach had to score for smaller …