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Bach, JS. “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from Matthäuspassion

Bach, JS. “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from Matthäuspassion, BWV 244

Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall

Anastasiia Mazurok (violin)
Anastasiia Sidorova (mezzo soprano)

Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall
March 22, 2016

Background story: The St. Matthew Passion is a sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727. It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew to musi.
After Peter has betrayed his leader an alto (mezzo soprano) sings the famous aria “Erbarme dich, Mein Gott”, “Have mercy, my God”. It is a prayer, a lament, plangent yet lyrical song, which offers a much-needed emotional release.

Have mercy, my God,
For the sake of my tears!
Look here –
My heart and eyes weep before you
Bitterly.

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