s Matthäus-Passion – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


20/03/2013 — 19:00
Concertgebouw | Brugge | BE

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750):
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Maximilian Schmitt _tenor-Evangelist_
Florian Boesch _bas-Christ_
Dorothee Mields & Hana Blaziková _soprano_
Damien Guillon & Robin Blaze _countertenor_
Thomas Hobbs & Sebastian Kohlhepp _tenor_
Peter Kooij & Stephan MacLeod _bass_

*Collegium Vocale Gent*
Philippe Herreweghe



*St. Matthew Passion*

On Good Friday, April 11th, 1727 during vespers in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Johan Sebastian Bach’s Matthaus-Passion was heard for the first time. Clearly the composer fully realized that with this work he would create an unanticipated turn in the history of music. The strong internal cohesion of the text, the enormous combination of three choirs and two orchestras, the unbelievably rich variation in the current styles, and the proportions of this three-hour-long musical passion story were unprecedented. The emotional impact of this masterpiece remains undiminished, even after all this time!