David Hayes on the New York Choral Society's performance of St. Paul
On Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Carnegie Hall, The New York Choral
Society and Orchestra and Music Director David Hayes will present
the rarely heard St. Paul by Felix Mendelssohn. Soloists will include
soprano Sarah Shafer, mezzo-soprano Haejung Shin, tenor Vale Rideout, baritone
Mark Delavan and the Princeton Girlchoir. David Hayes will conduct. This
performance will be sung in the original German with English supertitles. Dan
Dutcher and Nicole Guberman spoke with Mr. Hayes about the performance.
Dan Dutcher and Nicole Guberman: Can you tell us a little bit about what
Mendelssohn's work means to you, and why you chose the piece?
David Hayes: In 1829, Mendelssohn revived Bach’s St. Matthew Passion after
many years of study of Bach and, in particular, the chorale and fugue forms at
which Bach excelled. In the wake of this momentous performance, one which kicked
off the great 19th century Bach revival, Mendelssohn set about creating his
first large-scale work, St. Paul. In this work he synthesized not only
the oratorio and passion traditions of Bach, Handel and Haydn but sought to
create something he thought lacking in contemporary operas and other large
dramatic works: a work that edified and uplifted the listener.
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