Erbarme Dich (Lisa Batiashvili)

Bach – Erbarme dich, mein Gott (Matthäus-Passion) Violin: Lisa Batiashvili

Georgian classical violinist Lisa Batiashvili plays Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zähren Willen!, actually an alto aria from Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion (also frequently St Matthew’s Passion; German: Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244 at Prinsengrachtconcert 2014.

According to some sources, one of the greatest violinists of 20th century, Yehudi Menuhin called the “Erbarme Dich” violin solo as “the most beautiful piece of music ever written for the violin.”

And the very beautiful original version of the piece (mezzo-soprano: Julia Hamari, the Hungarian mezzo-soprano and alto singer in opera and concert).

Prinsengracht (Prince’s canal) is the third and outermost of the three main canals of Amsterdam. Together, these three canals form the “fourth outlay” of the city, an expansion project that was started in the year 1612 and took 50 years to build. When it was completed, the city had grown to 4 times its original size. During the 17th century, the population grew from 50.000 to 200 000, which made it the 3rd biggest city in the world in those days, after London and Paris. Since 2009, the three main canals have been placed on the World Heritage list.

The concert was dedicated to the the victims of the plane crash MH17 in Ukraine. She plays the work with her husband, oboist François Leleux. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17/MAS17) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on 17 July 2014 after being shot down, killing all 283 passengers including 80 children and 15 crew on board.