Friday, 29 October 2010

The Passion of Johann Sebastian

I featured previously Rinaldo Alessandrini talking about the vocal quality of Bach's instrumental music. Here are some excerpts from a concert performance of the St Matthew Passion given by Philippe Herreweghe and Concerto Vocale Ghent, where you will not only (I hope) hear the instruments speak,but also the instrumental quality of Bach's writing for the voice, something clearly understood by Herreweghe.

I: Erbarme dich, mein' Gott - Damien Guillon, countertenor

I have no further details about this performance, which does not appear to be available on DVD. A more complete YouTube playlist is posted at the bottom of this page. I will only post a few excerpts here to illustrate my point.

II: Blute nur, du liebes Herz - Hana Blažíková, soprano

III: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen - Colin Balzer, tenor

IV: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen - Dorothée Mields, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor

V: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross - Chorus

VI: Aus liebe will mein Heiland sterben - Dorothée Mields, soprano

VII: Komm, süsses Kreuz - Stephan MacLeod, bass

VIII: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein - Stephan MacLeod, bass

IX: Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder - Chorus

Full Youtube playlist

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