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The first recording of Sørensen's love passion

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To mark Oslo International Church Music Festival’s anniversary in 2020, a new St Matthew Passion was commissioned from Bent Sørensen, one of northern Europe’s most performed and admired composers.

The premiere was postponed owing to the pandemic and had to wait the following year for a streamed world premiere that reached a large number of listeners and viewers throughout Europe.

From the recording of the piece. Bent Sørensen, Nora brandenburg and producer Jens U Braun. Photo: Det Norske Solistkor / Sigrid Traasdahl

The libretto was curated by Jakob Holtze and is made of fragments of the Gospels of Matthew and John, traditional mass texts, as well as poetry by six authors. In his work, Sørensen says, ‘lies a love passion. Not only Christ’s love declaration to all humankind, through crucifixion and resurrection, but also a simple and beautiful love. The passion for the people we love.’

Conductor Grete Pedersen during the recording of the passion. Photo: Det Norske Solistkor / Sigrid Traasdahl

Sørensen’s St Matthew Passion is performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choirand Ensemble Allegriaunder the direction of Grete Pedersen, a musical partnership that has resulted in several award-winning recordings for BIS over the years.

Photo: Det Norske Solistkor / Sigrid Traasdahl
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