'Lost' piece of music composed by CPE Bach to be performed by BSO at Good Friday concert in Christchurch Priory

Bournemouth Echo: CONDUCTOR: The BSO’s Kirill Karabits CONDUCTOR: The BSO’s Kirill Karabits

A PERFORMANCE of a long-thought lost piece of music will take place at Christchurch Priory on Good Friday.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers will perform CPE Bach’s St John Passion 1784 at the church on April 18 at 7.30pm.

Carl Philipp Emanuel – one of JS Bach’s 20 children – was one of the foremost composers of the 18th century, though now he is almost completely overshadowed by the reputation of his father.

His 1784 St John Passion was re-discovered only a few years ago by BSO Principal Conductor Kirill Karabits in the Ukraine.

It was transcribed by Kirill Karabits. He undertook the work as part of his studies and is now being performed in the UK for the first time.

Debuting in London at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday April 16, the musical performance at Christchurch Priory is being hailed as a historical concert as it is an estimated 230 years since the piece was last played.

Kirill Karabits said: “One of the most fascinating feelings for a conductor or a musician of our time is to rediscover great music which was considered lost or has simply been forgotten.

“This piece was probably last performed in Hamburg during Easter 1784.

“CPE Bach was one of the most important composers in the history of German music and I feel highly privileged to be part of the rediscovery of his vocal legacy, especially during his 300th anniversary year.”

Kirill performs his own new edition of this missing work in a unique collaboration, featuring Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra working with the BBC Singers.

Tickets cost £15, £18, £21 and £29. To book,go to bsolive.com or call the Regent Centre on 01202 499199.

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6:52pm Tue 25 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

I'll be there. It's a very good orchestra, and they'll be with superb singers. Obviously I don't know this piece, but I - and many more - will remember learning 'Solfeggietto' at about Grade 4 or 5 piano (can't remember which). And several more of JS Bach's children became excellent composers too.
I'll be there. It's a very good orchestra, and they'll be with superb singers. Obviously I don't know this piece, but I - and many more - will remember learning 'Solfeggietto' at about Grade 4 or 5 piano (can't remember which). And several more of JS Bach's children became excellent composers too. agp1337
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10:43pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Wonderful. And what a wonderful setting. CPE was one of JS Bach's 20 children, and one of four trained to become a musician. Bach Sr was no fool - he knew that to obtain royal patronage, a musician had to hold a university degree. CPE trained in law, which he abandoned the day he received his diploma.

But, one wonders....why was this piece discovered in the Ukraine?
Wonderful. And what a wonderful setting. CPE was one of JS Bach's 20 children, and one of four trained to become a musician. Bach Sr was no fool - he knew that to obtain royal patronage, a musician had to hold a university degree. CPE trained in law, which he abandoned the day he received his diploma. But, one wonders....why was this piece discovered in the Ukraine? Yankee1
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