Jesu Meine Freude
JS Bach (1685 - 1750)
The Little Match Girl Passion
David Lang (b 1957)
‘There is nothing ordinary about a performance by I Fagiolini. These singers have made their reputation by turning their backs on convention.’
A moving concert for Christmas time: Gramophone award-winning vocal ensemble I Fagiolini brings together David Lang’s exquisite The Little Match Girl Passion with one of J S Bach’s greatest motets, Jesu, meine Freude and Christmas carols.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s heartbreaking children’s story, Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece takes its inspiration from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and is here animated with delicate live animation by Matthew Robins. The two pieces are threaded together by evocative Christmas carols from Germany and Andersen’s native Denmark, to create a poignant alternative yuletide concert.
"Silhouettes that have something of the deft wit of Picasso sketches" The Guardian, on shadow-puppeteer Matthew Robins.
Puppetry Matthew Robins
Produced by Opera North Projects
Creative Advisor John Fulljames
Director Robert Hollingworth
Created by Opera North Projects with support from Emerald Group Publishing Limited
The London performance is part of Spitalfields Music Winter Festival
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