The genius of J.S. Bach has depicted in music the story of Christ, his birth and his suffering, which we are witnessing during the Passion time. Many agree that there is no other piece of music, where this story is better told than the immortal music of J.S. Bach. Musicians think that his music is as impressive as the words woven within it. They play the most expressive arias from J.S.Bach’s Passions and Cantatas, arranged for instrumental ensemble. Listeners will hear the organ music, excerpts from solo partitas and arias for the obligatto instrument, basso continuo, and voice, where voice will be replaced with an instrument.
Musicians performe on historical instrument copies in historical pitch. Ieva Nimane plays recorder, baroque oboe, oboe d’amour, oboe da caccia, Ainārs Paukšēns – on cello and viola da gamba. They both approve historical practice when musician played more than one instruments, and recorder player as a postion in orchestra didn’t exist at all. Recorder parts were played by oboe or traverso players. Jānis Pelše on organ reveals Bach as master of polyphony in his choral preludes.
During the concert, listeners may join the musicians in the chorals from Bach’s Passions. Such was the historical tradition in composer’s time when the congregation joined musicians singing the chorals. In the same way, we invite our listeners — silently or singing along — to join us in Christ’s Passion on the way to Resurrection.