12 April. The traditional free concert for Easter week.
The gothic nave of Milan’s duomo will ring on Wednesday 12 April from 19.30 to the notes of J.S. Bach’s Matthäuspassion - BWV 244 performed by the ensemble laBarocca under the baton of Ruben Jais.
The ensemble will be joined by the laVerdi Symphony Choir and the laVerdi Treble Choir for what is indisputably one of western sacred music’s most widely admired masterpieces. Among Bach’s extensive repertoire – of cantatas, suites, sonatas, symphonies and concerti – it stands out for its intellectual profoundness, its innovations and its technical difficulty.
The libretto by poet Christian Friedrich Picander is a musical transposition of Chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel according to St Matthew. The work was first performed in Leipzig in 1727.
An introduction to the work will be given on the previous evening, 11 April, at the Milan Auditorium in Largo Gustav Mahler, starting at 19.00.
Both events are free as long as places are available. The cathedral management points out that there will be security checks at the entrance. Luggage, motorcycle helmets and metal or glass objects will not be allowed.