Bach’s St Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion

Ian Bostridge (Evangelist)
Sibylla Rubens (soprano)
Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor)
Werner Güra (tenor)
Dietrich Henschel (bass)
Elisabeth Hermans (soprano)
Susan Hamilton (soprano)
Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
Frits Vanhule (bass)
Dominik Wörner (bass)
Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino
Chorus and Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Ghent

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Reviewed: 23 August, 2020

Phillipe Herreweghe’s expressive but fleet-footed Bach won praise at his Proms debut in 1996. Two years later, in this highlight from the archives, he turned to one of the peaks of Bach’s output: the telling of Matthew’s version of the Passion with the narration of Christ’s mission, his political fates, and our response in the meditative music of arias, all mingled to create one of the most original music dramas of any age. Ian Bostridge, then near the start of his career sings the role of the Evangelist.

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This performance was taken from the BBC Proms in 1998 on 23rd August – a year before the Classical Source was born.

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