01 April 2024/ Poland / Gliwice

Johann Sebastian Bach - genius of the Baroque, author of the most performed works in history, and for many the father of classical music. On 1 April at 6 p.m., as part of the 17th International Early Music Festival, a unique concert devoted to this outstanding composer will take place at the Victoria Theatre Ruins in Gliwice. The event will also be the inauguration of the cycle "Silesia! Europe!" series realised on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union, organised by the Ars Cameralis Cultural Institution.

One of the most famous works of passion music is "Stabat Mater" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, composed in 1736, which tells the story of Mary at the feet of the crucified Jesus. This tale of devotion and unconditional love is performed all over the world during Holy Week. A few years after the creation of the 'Stabat Mater', Johann Sebastian Bach took up the score of the piece and created his own version.
This is how the cantata 'Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden' BWV 1083 [Blot out, Most High, my sins] came into being, in which Bach enriches Pergolesi's work orchestrally and harmonically and underpins another text - an adaptation of Psalm 51. The work will be performed in Gliwice by soloists: Lara Morger from Switzerland (soprano), Maëlys Robinne from France (alto) and the Bachcelona Consort orchestra, which will perform in Poland for the first time.

The concert will be under the musical direction of Daniel Tarrida, founder and director of the Bachcelona Festival in Barcelona and the Edinbach Festival in Edinburgh.

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