Euroradio Holy Week Music Series

Trinity Church in Copenhagen, one of the venues of the 2023 Euroradio Holy Week Music Series
Trinity Church in Copenhagen, one of the venues of the 2023 Euroradio Holy Week Music Series

Across European musical traditions, the period of Holy Week has given rise to some of the most important musical works in the history of the art form, seeking to encapsulate in music the dramatic events of Christ's Passion. It embraces not only classical music, but also ancient chant traditions and folk music.  

The annual Euroradio Holy Week Music series celebrates this extraordinary tradition, bringing together music from a wide range of EBU radio organizations. 

All the details of the concerts in the 2023 Euroradio Holy Week Music Series, which has as its centre Palm Sunday, falling on 2 April this year, can be found in MUS under EURO/2022-2023/H/001-010

This series has been curated by a group of EBU Members' representatives. Many thanks to all of them for their collaboration.

List of concerts

Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Julia Selina Blank, director
Recorded on 18 February 2023
BR (Germany)

Marcello Filote's ‘7’; a meditation on Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
Fabrizio La Placa, baritone
Ars Ludi
Recorded on 24 February 2023
Radio Vaticana (Vatican City)

Bach's St. John Passion
Samuel Boden, Evangelist
Aarne Pelkonen, Jesus
Arcangelo Chorus
Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Topi Lehtipuu, conductor
Recorded on 26 February 2023
YLE (Finland)

Seeing the Light with Glass, Pärt and Rautavaara
Mari Samuelsen, violin
BBC Concert Orchestra
Anna-Maria Helsing, conductor
Recorded on 26 February 2023
BBC (United Kingdom)

Petr Fiala's Stabat Mater
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Kružík, conductor
Recorded on 22 March 2023
Czech Radio

Motets and Psalms: Bach, Smyth, Mendelssohn and more
Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Marcus Creed, conductor
Recorded on 29 March 2023
Danish Radio

Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Nicholas Mulroy, Evangelist
Matthew Brook, Jesus
Netherlands Radio Choir
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
John Butt, conductor
Live on 2 April 2023
NPO (Netherlands)

From Darkness to Light: Augustinas, MacMillan, Gjeilo and more
Ensemble Duodeco
Live on 2 April 2023
LRT (Lithuania)

Te Deum from Bruckner and Pärt
Netherlands Radio Choir
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Live on 07 April 2023
NPO (Netherlands)

Stabat Mater from Knut Nystedt and Sven-David Sandström
BBC Singers
Sofi Jeannin, conductor
Recorded on 17 March 2023
BBC (United Kingdom)



Contact detail

Mireia Pacareu Fauquier
Editor, Live Music & Projects, Classical Music
+41 22 717 2986
Elana Solomon
Content Coordinator, Classical Music
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