While planning the cycle, artistic director Michael Maul read Benedict XVI’s trilogy “Jesus of Nazareth,” which was published between 2007 and 2012 while he was serving as pope.
Maul entered into a correspondence with Benedict XVI, which culminated in the pope emeritus’ message. Festival organizers said that the 93-year-old told them that he wrote the text in June 2019, “as I do not know how long my health will stand the test of time.”
One never knows; maybe I'll win the lottery and be in Halle and Leipzig in eleven months.
At the same time, Benedict emphasizes the role of Bach's music as a timeless guardian of the divine message in a world in which