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The Arabian Passion according to J.S. Bach
Sarband Ensemble

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The Arabian Passion according to J. S. Bach

 

01. J.S. Bach: Erbarme Dich / Have mercy (Aria: MP 39) [7:10]
02. J.S. Bach: Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille / My Jesus is silent at false lies [2:28]
03. J.S. Bach: Geduld, Geduld! / Patience, Patience! [6:20]
04. J.S. Bach: Jesum von Nazareth / Jesus of Nazareth [2:58]
05. J.S. Bach: Nay-Taqsim / O große Lieb / O mighty love [6:34]
06. J.S. Bach: Können Tränen meiner Wangen nichts erlangen / If the tears on my cheeks are of no avail [10:32]
07. J.S. Bach: Taqsim / Wenn ich einmal soll scheien / When I one day must leave [5:01]
08. J.S. Bach: Wir haben ein Gesetz / We have a law [3:24]
09. Traditional: Aljaum / Today [6:34]
10. J.S. Bach: Von den Stricken meiner Sünden / From the bonds of my sins [6:44]
11. J.S. Bach: Mein teurer Heiland / My precious Saviour [7:18]
12. J.S. Bach: Und weinete bitterlich / And wept most bitterly [3:33]
13. J.S. Bach: Es ist vollbracht! / It is fulfilled! [4:46]
14. J.S. Bach: Ich bins, ich sollte büßen / I am the one, I should pay for this [3:29]

Vladimir Ivanoff

Sarband Ensemble

Sarband: Fadia el-Hage (Beirut): Alto / Adnan Schanan (Bagdad): Nay / Furat Qadduori (Bagdad): Qanun / Mohammed Ali A. Hashim (Bagdad): Violin / Angelika Moths (Basle): Cembalo, Organ, Qanun / Hugo Siegmeth, Till Martin: Saxophones / Vladimir Ivanoff (Munich): Percussion
Modern String Quartet (Munich): Jörg Widmoser (Violin), Winfried Zrenner (Violin), Andreas Höricht (Viola), Jost-H. Hecker (Cello)
Projections: Judith Haug / concept, arrangements & direction: Vladimir Ivanoff

Jaro Medie (JARO Medien)

2007 ?

CD / TT: 76:51

Recorded at Singapore Arts Festival ?
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Links

Sarband: The Arabian Passion according to J.S. Bach [Apr 2006]

On An Overgrown Path: Would Bach have turned in his grave? (Blog) [Apr 2009]
YouTube: J.S. Bach - Erbarme Dich Mein Gott (Arabic) - Fadia El-Hage [Nov 2008]

 

From Sarband Ensemble Website

The two passion oratories by J.S. Bach which have survived in their entirety, the St. John Passion, BWV 245, and the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, are considered the culmination of the Baroque art of expression and rank high in the Occidental canon of great works of music. Every year in the weeks leading up to Easter, they figure prominently in European concert programmes and Christian religious life alike. No composer has conveyed the suffering of man, embodied in Jesus Christ, God incarnate, in music in as striking and passionate a manner as Bach in these works.

Sarband confronts Bach’s passions with the disastrous present-day situation in Jesus’ native land, the Middle East, but also with the conflicts between the Arabic world and the West, between believers and those who believe differently, between the future-oriented and the tradition-minded. All over the world, regardless of their origins or religions, people are suffering on account of these conflicts.

In his Arabian Passion, Vladimir Ivanoff, musical director of Sarband, compares Jesus’ suffering and that of the colonized Middle East in the time of the New Testament with the current situation.

Bach’s Baroque precision and complexity meet the spontaneity of classical Arab music and Jazz: two traditions which have a lot in common, for example highly sophisticated and structured improvisation techniques, but also two voices which could hardly be more different: that of the traditional Arab world and a new voice that is spreading through the world—the American way of life. Arab musicians, two jazz saxophonists and the Modern String Quartet have joined to reinterpret Bach’s passion music. Western and Middle Eastern musicians find each other in the music of Bach. In a world full of differences and conflicts, this musical cooperation creates an intense and contemplative space for mutual respect and peace.

“The Arabian Passion” is a musical plea for peace. A plea nourished by the confidence which forms the basis of Bach’s passions: that one day all suffering will come to an end.

 

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