Turku Cathedral
Saturday 11 March, 2017
at 6 p.m.


Musicians of the King’s Road, a cappella
Jonas Rannila, conductor

“Earliest Passion stories in the world”
– Three historical performances in Finland celebrating St Matthew Passion 500 years

Passion Vespers
Heikki Rainio, priest serving in the worship

Antoine de Longueval:
St Matthew Passion

Ristinpuussa Golgatalla (Stabat Mater dolorosa), Benjamin Sporon (1778)
Oi Jumalan Karitsa (Agnus dei), Nicolaus Decius (n. 1522)
On autuas, ken Jeesusta (Jesu dulcis memoria), Bartholomäus Gesius (1603)


The passion setting by Antoine de Longueval is considered the earliest composition based on the texts by Evangelist Matthew. The work was written more than 200 years before Johann Sebastian Bach composed his monumental passion for double choir and double orchestra. Longueval’s passion is archaic and beautiful, and at the same time a timeless interpretation of the best-known passion story in the world.

Free admission

Free public lecture

A free public lecture (in Finnish) is given in the Sharpshooters’ Chapel (Tarkk’ampujan kappeli) at 4.30 p.m. by Erkki Tuppurainen, professor emeritus of church music. Limited number of seats, about 60 persons will be let in in order of arrival.