Friday, February 18, 2011

J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion Performed by Bach Collegium Japan, Directed by Masaaki Suzuki

"I am spreading Bach’s message, which is a biblical one," says the above conductor, quoted in Uwe Siemon–Netto's fascinating article reporting "that Bach has already converted tens of thousands of Japanese to the Christian faith" — J. S. Bach in Japan.

The author writes, "After every one of the Bach Collegium’s performances Suzuki is crowded on the podium by non–Christian members of the audience who wish to talk to him about topics that are normally taboo in Japanese society—death, for example." Says the conductor, "And then they inevitably ask me to explain to them what ‘hope’ means to Christians." The author concludes, "Perhaps Bach, transcending cultural barriers, has converted more Japanese than any of us dares to imagine."

[link to article via The New Beginning]

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