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Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo: Bach's St. John Passion

Milan, Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo — Main Hall

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Experience a once‐in‐a-lifetime classical music performance at Milan's prestigious Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo. This unforgettable concert features the magnificent St. John Passion by the renowned composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach had dedicated a significant amount of time to crafting this Passion, which some consider to be a sibling piece to the grandiose Matthäus Passion. He likely began contemplating and composing it during his residency in Köthen, from 1717 to 1723. Upon his arrival in Leipzig, Bach found the perfect environment for realizing impressive vocal works with spiritual and religious themes.

Originally performed during the Good Friday Vespers service in 1724, Bach had to accept that his labor of love would be showcased at the Nikolaikirche instead of the Thomaskirche, where he served as Kantor. However, this did not diminish the impact and significance of the performance in any way.


  • Johann Sebastian Bach – St. John Passion, BWV 245
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Ruben Jais
Orchestra: Ensemble Strumentale e Vocale laBarocca di Milano

Johann Sebastian Bach

The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.


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