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July 12th - 17th, Tartu

A joint project of ERP and the city of Tartu. The festival Glasperlenspiel (‘The Glass Bead Game’) directed by Peeter Vähi has got its inspiration from the novel by Hermann Hesse. It is certainly a very special musical event in Estonian summer where music lovers can enjoy performers like Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Piotr Anderszewski, Olli Mustonen, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, etc, as well as the leading musicians of Estonia.

JohannesPassion2018Glasperlenspiel presents:
Sun, March 25th, 2018 at 5 pm in Kaarli kirik (Charles’ Church), address Toompuiestee 4, Tallinn
Palm Sunday Concert
Johann Sebastian Bach − ST JOHN PASSION, BWV 245

Bach composed his St John passion during his second year in Leipzig, in 1724. As the freshly appointed cantor of the St Thomas church and therefore also the music director for the four churches of Leipzig, Bach probably felt the need to prove himself in this new situation. After all, he was far from first choice for the position − one official of the city council even remarked that, in lieu of the best man, they would have to make do with a mediocrity. With the St John passion, Bach was surely able to surpass these doubts, as the piece was the most extensive he had written so far.
It is known from his obituary that Bach wrote five settings of the passion story, but the only surviving ones today are the St John’s and St Matthew’s. Perhaps this is the reason why these two masterpieces are constantly compared to each other. Robert Schumann, who conducted the St John passion in 1851, considered it “more daring, forceful and poetic” than the St Matthew passion. The St John passion is also often described as more realistic, faster paced and more anguished. Bach never composed an opera, but this is about as close as he came.
St John passion is written for an intimate ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo and pairs of flauti traversi and oboes. For additional colours, Bach also used lute, viola d'amore and viola da gamba. The author of the libretto is unknown, although it is likely that it was Bach himself. The core of the libretto is made up by chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John, with some additional paragraphs from the Gospel of Matthew and settings of poems by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Christian Weise and Christian Heinrich Postel. The St John passion was first performed on Good Friday, April 7 in 1724 at the St Nicholas church in Leipzig.
AndresMustonen VPetrikasBach repeatedly returned to the piece, revising it three times: in 1725, 1732 and 1749. This clearly shows how much value Bach placed on the work. Nowadays, the original work of 1724 is the most often performed version.

Anto Õnnis (Evangelist, tenor), Jaanika Kuusik (soprano), Iris Oja (mezzo-soprano), Tõnis Kaumann (baritone), Alvar Tiisler (bass), Tallinn Boys Choir (chorus master Lydia Rahula), Voces Musicales, All-Estonian Choral Choir, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen

Special thanks: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Choral Association, City of Tallinn, Kaie Tanner

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Thu, July 12th at 7 pm, St John’s church (address Jaani Str 5, Tartu)
Nadezhda Tokareva (violin, Slovenia), Kristjan Kannukene (viola), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen
Kannukene (première), Vähi

Fri, July 13th at 7 pm,  St John’s church
Ensemble Hortus Musicus, artistic director Andres Mustonen


Fri, July 13th at 10 pm, St John’s church
Chamber choir Collegium Musicale, Jaak Sooäär (guitar), conductor Endrik Üksvärav


Sat, July 14th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Maria Krestinskaya (violin, Russia) & Imbi Tarum (harpsichord), Kädy Plaas (soprano) & Reinut Tepp (harpsichord, Hammerklavier)
Biber, Bach, dall’Oglio, Haydn, Mozart


Sat, July 14th at 10 pm, St John’s church


Sun, July 15th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Rémi Boucher (guitar, Canada) & Arsis Handbell Ensembles, concuctor Aivar Mäe
Estonian folk tunes, Eller, Pärt, Vähi


Sun, July 15th at 10 pm, St John’s church
Canto Fiorito (Lithuania)

Mon, July 16th at 7 pm, St John’s church
GOYESCAS (The Gallants in Love)
Age Juurikas (piano)


Tue, July 17th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Baltic Virtuosi (Poland)


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Peeter Vähi − artistic director
Taavet − artistic advisor
Tiina Jokinen − executive director
Kadri Kiis − producer, accountant
Lukas Groen − management of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta
Kaisa Luik − liner notes, booklet, website
Olavi Sööt − logistics
Johannes Vähi − webcast / live streaming, logistics
Reno Hekkonens − PR, marketing

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Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Urmas Klaas, Juhani Jaeger, Elli Tiivel, Priit Reiman, Assar Jogar, Kaupo Kiis, Kristel Leppik, volunteers

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See also: Glasperlenspiel-festivals; Glasperlenspiel 2017, Glasperlenspiel 2016Glasperlenspiel 2015Glasperlenspiel 2014, Glasperlenspiel 2013, Glasperlenspiel 2012, Glasperlenspiel 2011, Glasperlenspiel 2010, Glasperlenspiel 2009, Glasperlenspiel 2008, Glasperlenspiel 2007, Glasperlenspiel2006, Glasperlenspiel 2005, Archives: Glasperlenspiel2003 and 2004

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