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With his Passion according to St John three years earlier, Johann Sebastian Bach had set a new benchmark in concerted passion settings in Leipzig; an achievement he surpassed with his St Matthew Passion setting in 1727.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Matthäus-Passion Berlin
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With its monumental proportions, scoring and craftsmanship it exceeded all expectations both in terms of the genre and of the role of Thomaskantor. The double-choir provided Bach with a huge range of expressive possibilities, both in the sheer force of the crowd choruses and the chorales’ intimate confession of faith. The conflation of biblical narrative and theological poetry in Picander’s libretto is met with Bach’s unique application of musical rhetoric. All this in the face of the Church’s sceptical attitude towards this sort of expression; how fortunate for us that Bach could not restrain himself.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

RIAS Kammerchor Berlin
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Justin Doyle Conductor

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