By Alain De Ley, artistic administrator of the Vlaams Radiokoor
Of all the stories in the New Testament, that of the crucification and suffering of Christ is perhaps the most poignant – and the most human. Good Friday marked the end of the life of Christ on earth, his resurrection three days later heralded the beginning of Christianity. And over the next millenia that would largely determine the history of the world.
Over the years, composers have written countless musical interpretations or passions, each telling the story of Christ in their own way. We have chosen to create our own version – not with one large composition, such as the St. Matthew Passion, but with 14 works (as many as there are Stations of the Cross) written by composers from the past en the present.