SAINT JOHN PASSION
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, direction
The Les Surprises ensemble invites us to a master work, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Saint John Passion, composed from the gospel of the Apostle and translated into German by Luther. The cantor was asked not to write theatrical works on his arrival in Leipzig. He dared to do the exact opposite in these works – their dramatical dimension, theatrical effects, art of pace and sequence, inspired beauty, literally enable the listener to experience Christ’s martyrdom in flesh and notes.
The Les Surprises ensemble is supported by the Fondation Orange and Fondation Société Générale C’est vous l’avenir. The ensemble enjoys the support of the Ministry of DRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine, of the Regional Council of Nouvelle Aquitaine, of the City of Bordeaux and the Departement Council of the Gironde. It also enjoys ad hoc support from the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the ADAMI, the SPEDIDAM, the SACEM, the Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, the Institut Français, the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and the Office Artistique of Nouvelle Aquitaine region. It is a member of FEVIS (Federation of Specialty Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles) and the PROFEDIM.
The Les Surprises ensemble is in residency at Sinfonia en Périgord from 2020 to 2023 as part of the “Résidences croisées” implemented throughout France by the “Versailles Centre for Baroque Music”.