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Video streamed event and on demand: Ārt House 17 / Michael Hell

Watch online on oudemuziek.nlEarly Music TelevisionRecorded at Early Music Television, Utrecht, Netherlands
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Wednesday 31 August 202220:00
On demand from Wednesday 31 August 2022 20:00
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750)St John Passion, BWV245 (with a new text by Thomas Höft)
Susanne ElmarkSoprano
Yosemeh AdjeiCountertenor
Raphaël HöhnTenornarrator
Markus SchäferTenor
Dietrich HenschelBaritone
Art House 17
Michael HellDirector

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion moves hundreds of thousands of concertgoers every year. To Bach’s unworldly music, dramatist Thomas Höft – in 2019 still co-curator of the Utrecht Early Music Festival – has written a new text that drags the score into a universal no man’s land, somewhere between secular practice and committed experience.

The author shifts the focus from the church to the city square with a scenario based around events that took place in Utrecht in 1730 and 1731, when the persecution of homosexuals degenerated into the notorious Utrecht sodomy trials, many of which ended in execution. Together with top soloists, ĀRT HOUSE 17 gives expression to a message that needs to be heard today.

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