Sunday, 30. September 2018, 3.00 pm
Ottobeuren, Basilika


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
"St. Paul" oratory for soli, choir and orchestra, op. 36

Masaaki Suzuki, Conductor

Carolyn Sampson, Soprano

Stefanie Irányi, Mezzo-Soprano

Mark Padmore, Tenor

Albert Dohmen, Bass

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Plakat Susuki

Masaaki Suzuki enjoys worldwide renown as a Bach specialist. His complete recording of Bach’s cantatas with the Bach Collegium Japan, an ensemble which he founded himself, has already won multiple prizes. Now this Japanese harpsichordist and conductor, trained in Tokyo and Amsterdam, is entering uncharted musical territory. Having already conducted Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah at this year’s Leipzig Bach Festival, he will open the season of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mendelssohn’s first oratorio St. Paul (op. 36), premièred in Düsseldorf in 1836. It is a work abounding in allusions to Bach, including quotations of Lutheran hymns and rigorous baroque forms, yet filled with romantic warmth of feeling and gripping drama. With Bach expert Suzuki at the rostrum of the Bavarian RSO we can expect to hear a new rendition of St. Paul, one expunged of outdated performance clichés, romanticisms and dynamic excesses. Joining him will be the Bavarian Radio Choir and the solo vocalists Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Stefanie Irányi (mezzo-soprano), Mark Padmore (tenor) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass).

Unfortunately, mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu had to cancel her performance at this concert. We are very happy that Stefanie Irányi has agreed to take over the part. Albert Dohmen takes over the part of Franz-Josef Selig, who fell ill in short notice.

Photo Gallery

Here are some impressions of our concert in the magnificent basilica Ottobeuren with some very special guests.

Carsten Carey Duffin (c) Peter Meisel
Carsten Carey Duffin rehearsing before the concert.
Masaaki Suzuki (c) Peter Meisel
Carolyn Sampson (c) Peter Meisel
Carolyn Sampson
Masaaki Suzuki (c) Peter Meisel
Stefanie Irány (c) Peter Meisel
Stefanie Irány
Albert Dohmen (c) Peter Meisel
Albert Dohmen
Basilika Ottobeuren (c) Peter Meisel
Dienstplätze (c) Peter Meisel
Special security measures were needed for our guests of honor.
Gäste (c) Peter Meisel
Gäste (c) Peter Meisel
Gäste (c) Peter Meisel
Warteschlange (c) Peter Meisel
Security (c) Peter Meisel
Basilika Ottobeuren (c) Peter Meisel
BRSO (c) Peter Meisel
Masaaki Suzuki (c) Peter Meisel
Masaaki Suzuki und Mark Padmore (c) Peter Meisel
Mark Padmore and Masaaki Suzuki.
Masaaki Suzuki (c) Peter Meisel
Masaaki Suzuki (c) Peter Meisel
Theo Waigel, Angela Merkel and Markus Söder in our concert.
Masaaki Suzuki (c) Peter Meisel
Albert Dohmen und Mark Padmore (c) Peter Meisel
Carolyn Sampson und Stefanie Irány (c) Peter Meisel
BRSO (c) Peter Meisel
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