21 March - 29 March 2015
The 2015 Easter Festival will present a strong focus on sacred music. The concerts that we have designed for the week before Passion and Easter invite you to enjoy the tranquility and reflection appropriate for this time of year. John Eliot Gardiner will conduct Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor, which for many represents the most significant musical artwork of all time. Dvorák’s moving Stabat Mater, with which the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will begin their Easter residency, is one of the sacred landmarks of choral music and was among the Czech composer’s greatest triumphs. In the second concert by our guest artists from Munich, Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons will celebrate Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony – and in the process will transform the concert hall into a cathedral. We are excitedly awaiting the debut of the up-and-coming Greek star Teodor Currentzis, who will perform works by Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau with his ensemble Musica Aeterna.
The realm of music is so immense that we have a few surprises in store for you as well. The sacred music play Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (The Obligation of the First Commandment) is a very early work by the 11-year-old Mozart, while Carl Heinrich Graun’s Der Tod Jesu (The Death of Jesus) is a rarely heard Passion oratorio from the period of transition between the Baroque and Classical eras. The Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis will be on hand to sing works by Heinrich Schütz and the Bach family. With Mahler’s “Tragic” Sixth Symphony, Ingo Metzmacher and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg will recount yet a different kind of Passion story. Also not to be forgotten are two brand-new productions which we will present in conjunction with the Young series: Helmut Oehring's setting of Astrid Lindgren’s novel The Brothers Lionheart as an opera for young listeners and the symphonic project Liturgia.