The world-famous Danish composer Bent Sørensen has created a new St Matthew Passion for choir, soloists and orchestra, and this evening the work is finally being performed for the first time in Denmark.
For a number of years, Bent Sørensen has been working on his Matthew Passion, and it has become a highly personal work. As in the Matthew Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach, which was composed 300 years ago, Bent Sørensen’s passion has been written for a double choir, two orchestral sections and four song soloists. But, unlike Bach, Sørensen’s work only lasts for one hour, and the composer does not follow the entire text from St. Matthew’s Gospel. Instead, he has put together a unique text collage, including poetry by such writers as Søren Ulrik Thomsen, Edith Södergran and Anna Akhmatova.
Bent Sørensen is an incredibly sensitive composer who always enchants the listener with his delicate sounds and nuances. His Matthew Passion is a highly personal and intimate work which starts and ends in a mist. The texts are sung in English and Latin. This first Danish performance is taking place on Maundy Thursday and will be conducted by Andris Poga from Estonia.