View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 10 April 2009

Good Friday 2009

Rain clearing away east after a beefy shower. It being Good Friday, I am listening to recordings of the Matthaeus Passion by Bach. I am giving you the German, as that is the language of the recording I am viewing on YouTube. The chorale behind the link actually closes the Passion, and the title runs in English: "In tears we are sitting down", and those familiar with the Easter story do not need reminding what juncture that is occurring. In my mind, it rates as the most emotional piece of classical music, and I rate myself as well-versed in that area of music. The St Matthew Passion is not well-known in the Anglo-Saxon world (UK and USA), but is widely performed in Holland and Germany on this day.

Happy Easter.