Notes & Reviews:
The renowned St. Thomas Boys' Choir of Leipzig, which boasts J.S. Bach as a former cantor, celebrates its 800th anniversary with an extraordinary interpretation of the peerless St. Matthew Passion. The Guardian praised the performance, noting that Bach's harmonies "interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating, and working together." This production is the only audio-visual release of the passion. It comes to life here, performed by the choir for which it was written, in the place where the composer worked and is buried.
BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
This is a performance which has Bach liturgically wired into its DNA...Biller's direction exudes profound integrity and commitment, the chorales in particular shaped by a deeply-felt inevitability...this is a moving testament to a choir celebrating 800 years and probably stronger than ever.
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Works DetailsBach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
- Performers: Stefan Kahle; Christina Landshamer; Martin Lattke; Wolfram Lattke; Klaus Mertens; Gotthold Schwarz
- Conductor: Georg Biller
- Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: ?1727
- Studio/Live: Live