s Matthäus-Passion – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


04/04/2022 — 19:30
Philharmonie | Paris | FR
Johann Sebastian Bach [1685–1750]

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Reinoud Van Mechelen Evangelist-tenor
Florian Boesch Jesus-bass
Dorothee Mields & Grace Davidson soprano
Tim Mead & james Hall countertenor
Samuel Boden & Guy Cutting tenor
Peter Kooij & Tobias Berndt bass

Collegium Vocale Gent choir & orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe conductor



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-hourlong musical passion story were unprecedented. The emotional impact of this masterpiece remains undiminished, even after all this time!