- 2 July 2020
- Hall 2 Oriol Martorell
- Música Antiga
Cor BZM (Marc Díaz, preparation)
Alexis Aguado, concertmaster
Daniel Tarrida, organ
Lluís Vilamajó, conductor
MENDELSSOHN: Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich, MWV A 11
BACH: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 23.4
MENDELSSOHN: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, MWV A 5
MENDELSSOHN: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, MWV A 7
BACH: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 93
The opening concert for the Bachcelona Festival will explore Mendelssohn’s relationship with Bach.
An interest in music of the past is nothing new. At the end of the 1770s, the Concerts of Antient Music took place in London. The meaning of ancient music was literal: one of the essential criteria for including a work in the repertoire was that the score had to be over 20 years old; that is, it had gone out of fashion. At that time, composers such as Mozart and Beethoven had already taken an interest in various works by earlier music composers such as Bach and Handel and adapted them to the preferences of the period. Later, other composers followed suit, such as Schumann and, especially, Felix Mendelssohn, who reintroduced the St. Matthew Passion and prompted a turning point in the revival of Bach’s music.
The Bach Zum Mitsingen project offers a concert that explores Mendelssohn’s relationship with Bach, comparing texts set to music simultaneously by both composers. Words that establish a dialogue between the composers’ scores and that show the profound knowledge and notable influence of Bach’s style in Mendelssohn’s notes.