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    I am profoundly sad that, for the first time in my 69 years, I'll have no opportunity to gather at church and sing wonderful music to God and Christ on Good Friday and Easter. Of all the things coronavirus has stolen from me this is clearly the most dear and hardest to accept. I, like probably most of you, live in a place with a "stay at home" order in place until the end of April (or perhaps longer.)

    I long for Craig Courtney's "One Faith One Hope One Lord" for the season.

    Many years I sing in a choral society that performs on Passion Sunday; I did not this year in part because they canceled their concert. They'd have sung Psalms from over the centuries including Mendelssohn's Psalm 42. Other years we have performed Haydn's Creation, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Beethoven's Missa Solemins, among others.

    I understand some churches are streaming or YouTubeing something to parishoners this year; to best of my knowledge mine is not.

    I guess I stay home and sing "Beneath The Cross of Jesus" to myself on Good Friday at Noon, then the Hallelujah chorus on Sunday. I wish it weren't this way but it's our world today.

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    It's a good time for Bach's Easter Oratorio.

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    I hear you. I'm watching livestreamed church services and Bible studies, and they just don't match the live experience. I lead my church's Wednesday night Bible study, and we have it via Zoom, so everyone is able to not only see and hear but also participate. Still, talking to a video screen is not the same as interacting live.

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    I'm not going to the church very often, but, as a believer, I will miss the atmosphere of these days. I hope to be the last time in my life I have to live an Easter like this.
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    Easter does not hold any religious meaning for me, and in fact it will be very much like every year: I'll be playing the two main Bach passions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    I'm not going to the church very often, but, as a believer, I will miss the atmosphere of these days. I hope to be the last time in my life I have to live an Easter like this.
    Agreed. I'm a lapsed catholic. I was hoping to go to church on Easter for the first time in several years... alas.

    Instead I will try and listen to some Bach; the St. Matthew Passtion—I just got the Gustav Leonhardt recording on disc for the occasion—and perhaps the Easter Oratorio, of which I have the old Eugene Ormandy recording, but haven't heard it.

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    I play Easter music since weeks, love the Bach passions and many others.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    It's time to listen to my 12 recordings of St. Matthew Passion. Has anyone listened the second Suzuki recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by larold View Post
    I am profoundly sad that, for the first time in my 69 years, I'll have no opportunity to gather at church and sing wonderful music to God and Christ on Good Friday and Easter. Of all the things coronavirus has stolen from me this is clearly the most dear and hardest to accept. I, like probably most of you, live in a place with a "stay at home" order in place until the end of April (or perhaps longer.)

    I long for Craig Courtney's "One Faith One Hope One Lord" for the season.

    Many years I sing in a choral society that performs on Passion Sunday; I did not this year in part because they canceled their concert. They'd have sung Psalms from over the centuries including Mendelssohn's Psalm 42. Other years we have performed Haydn's Creation, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Beethoven's Missa Solemins, among others.

    I understand some churches are streaming or YouTubeing something to parishoners this year; to best of my knowledge mine is not.

    I guess I stay home and sing "Beneath The Cross of Jesus" to myself on Good Friday at Noon, then the Hallelujah chorus on Sunday. I wish it weren't this way but it's our world today.
    Our church is streaming on good Friday and Easter Sunday. Missing church very much but with modern technology at least we can keep in touch.
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    It comes from a secular building, but it might help you to live the powerful easter message of suffering, death and resurrection from your home. This actually is a very good interpretation by Ivan Fischer. Note the moving image of the children in the opening choir standing around Fischer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NLAdriaan View Post
    It comes from a secular building, but it might help you to live the powerful easter message of suffering, death and resurrection from your home. This actually is a very good interpretation by Ivan Fischer. Note the moving image of the children in the opening choir standing around Fischer.
    Thanks for the video! I have to admit, the opening of the Matthew Passion gets to me every time, especially when the children's choir comes in. This is quite a visual, with everyone in black and the children in white.

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    Good Friday locked in but we’ll be listening to the St Matthew Passion probably this one:

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    Means a lot to us both musically and spiritually as singing in it many years ago was one of my wife’s first steps to faith. I first got to know it through her and so listening to Passions Good Friday has become a thing for us.
    This evening we will listen in to a streamed communion service from our church.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Agreed. I'm a lapsed catholic. I was hoping to go to church on Easter for the first time in several years... alas.

    Instead I will try and listen to some Bach; the St. Matthew Passtion—I just got the Gustav Leonhardt recording on disc for the occasion—and perhaps the Easter Oratorio, of which I have the old Eugene Ormandy recording, but haven't heard it.
    Many churches of many different denominations are streaming services on line this Easter, so why not join one of your choice? It’s of course not quite the same as gathering but a good second best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Good Friday locked in but we’ll be listening to the St Matthew Passion probably this one:

    A75F2D30-E4C0-4907-9DD8-C7C23783C72F.jpeg

    Means a lot to us both musically and spiritually as singing in it many years ago was one of my wife’s first steps to faith. I first got to know it through her and so listening to Passions Good Friday has become a thing for us.
    This evening we will listen in to a streamed communion service from our church.
    Great recording that was one of the first if not the first OVPP recordings for this work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSBach85 View Post
    Great recording that was one of the first if not the first OVPP recordings for this work.
    Yes not the only way of doing it but a superb performance. These days we have become more creative. My wife sung in a performance where the evangelist role was partly shared out by other soloists. Added to the dramatic effect. I don’t believe JSB would have turned a hair
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