JS Bach - St Matthew Passion | Challenge Classics CC72821

JS Bach - St Matthew Passion


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72821

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st May 2019



La Petite Bande


Sigiswald Kuijken


Bach, Johann Sebastian

St Matthew Passion, BWV244 (ed. Felix Mendelssohn)


La Petite Bande


Sigiswald Kuijken


This live recording of J.S. Bachís St Matthew Passion features the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the group Concensus Vocalis under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend. Itís a performance that took place at the Muziekcentrum Enschede in April 2014.

On 11 March 1829, almost 100 years after the work had last been performed, the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted Bachís St Matthew Passion in the concert hall of the Singakademie in Berlin. Although the previous conductor of the Singakademie, Carl Friedrich Zelter had decided the work was too difficult to be performed in public, Mendelssohn, who had been a pupil of his, had a different opinion.

In 1828 Mendelssohn set to work on the score, making changes in line with the day and age and the instruments then commonly used. After its successes in Berlin the St Matthew Passion was performed in a number of German cities. In 1841 Mendelssohn gave a performance in Leipzig where he was then Kapellmeister, in the Thomaskirche, the church where the work had first been performed. On this occasion Mendelssohn again made alterations to the score, but fewer than in 1828/1829, and it is this version that is used in the present recording.

This recording by Jan Willem de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra follows their three CDs for Challenge Classics of all the Mendelssohn Symphonies.

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