To win 10,000 EUR, young women have to spend a weekend with a stranger and introduce him to their friends and family as their new boyfriend. What they don't know: their new boyfriend is portrayed by the actor Christian Ulmen and turns out to be their worst nightmare.

Type: Scripted

Languages: German

Status: Ended

Runtime: None minutes

Premier: 2005-01-10

Mein neuer Freund - St John Passion - Netflix

The Passio secundum Joannem or St John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245, is a Passion or oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of the surviving Passions by Bach. It was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724, at Good Friday Vespers at the St. Nicholas Church. The structure of the work falls in two halves, intended to flank a sermon. The anonymous libretto draws on existing works (notably Brockes') and is compiled from recitatives and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John, ariosos and arias reflecting on the action, and chorales using hymn tunes and texts familiar to a congregation of Bach's contemporaries. Compared with the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less “finished”. The work is most often heard today in the 1724 version although Bach revised it in 1725, 1732, and 1749, adding several numbers. “O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß”, a 1725 replacement for the opening chorus, found a new home in the 1736 St Matthew Passion but several arias from the revisions are found only in the appendices to modern editions.

Mein neuer Freund - Highlights - Netflix

opening chorus: “Herr, unser Herrscher ...” (“Lord, our master, ...”). There is an orchestral intonation of 36 bars before the explosive entrance of the chorus. Each of these bars is a single stress of lower tones, weakening till the end of the bar. These bass beats are accompanied by the remaining instruments of higher tunes, by legato singing the prospective theme. The last six bars of the orchestral intro produce a robust crescendo, arriving to shouting forte initial three bars of the chorus, where the chorus joins to the long sequence of deep stresses by Herr, Herr, Herr. Soon, after the first portion of the theme, comes the triple Herr, Herr, Herr again, but this time, at the end of the bars, as a contra answer for the corresponding orchestral deep stresses at the beginning of the bars. Finally, the entire A section is repeated. “Herr, unser Herrscher” and “O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß” are very different in character. The latter is full of torment in its text, but a serenely majestic piece of music. “Herr, unser Herrscher” sounds as if it has chains of dissonance between the two oboes and the turmoil of the roiling sixteenth notes in the strings. Especially, when they invade the bass, it is full of anguish and therefore it characterizes the St John Passion. commenting arias: The first part of the St John Passion includes three commenting arias. There is an alto aria, “Von den Stricken meiner Sünden” (From the bonds of my sins). This includes an intertwined oboe line that brings back many characteristics of the opening chorus. Another aria is an enchanting flute and soprano duet, “Ich folge dir gleichfalls”. In this piece the verbs “ziehen” (to pull) and “schieben” (to push) stimulate Bach's delight in musical illustration. The third aria is a passionate tenor solo that is accompanied by all the instruments, “Ach, mein Sinn” (O my soul). the death of Jesus: “Es ist vollbracht! ...” (“It is accomplished; what comfort for suffering human souls! I can see the end of the night of sorrow. The hero from Judah ends his victorious fight. It is accomplished!” Es ist vollbracht! on YouTube). The central part is essentially a viola da gamba solo and an alto aria. The theme is introduced by the viola da gamba gently accompanied by the basso continuo setting. Then comes the solo vocal interpretation. closing chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein … (O Lord, let your dear little angels ...). This chorale – with alternative lyrics – is still in regular use in the congregations. The beginning of the theme is a descending sequence, but in overall the theme is full of emotion as well. Singing this chorale standalone, however, does not sound as a closing chorale, except if it is sung at the end of a real ceremony.

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