- In a religious practice that minimizes ostentation, choral music is THE most venerated art form. It demonstrates a determination to learn how to do something very difficult as a group. In fact just listening to a three-hour concert demonstrates endurance.
- Religions often ask their followers to believe the unbelievable. But there is absolutely nothing about the Good Friday story that is in any way beyond belief—not the cruelty of Roman imperialism, not the craven behavior of political leaders, not the weasel betrayals of friends, not the ugly behavior of mobs, NOTHING!
I have included the following clips for anyone who doesn't know the SMP. This first one is by the Malmo Chamber Choir. It is done in the old-fashoned pace of a funeral dirge. Almost everyone does this at a much faster tempo these days but there is so much going on (double choir, double orchestra, etc.), sometimes listening at this slower tempo lets the listeners enjoy the complexity.
This aria comes right after Peter has denied his leader under the questioning of a maid. Many consider this the musical highlight of the whole SMP. I chose this clip because it shows the score.
About the third hour, this all comes to a glorious end with this lovely piece. Again this performance is by the Malmo Chamber Choir.