Post by Uncle Henry on Mar 26, 2016 1:06:08 GMT -5
It being Easter, it is a suitable time to post Bach's St. Matthew Passion of 1736 (BWV244). It is sung by the same boys' choir as our previously posted B-minor Mass, the Thomanerchor, but the instrumental ensemble is different and more modern, being drawn from the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. And again this glorious performance is the only one I know that is anywhere near authentic. The work was revised a number of times; read about it at THIS LINK.
Bach himself was the Kantor at the St. Thomas church and school for about twenty-seven years, between 1723 and 1750, and this Passion was written for the same Thomaner boys' choir who perform it here, although in his day it had far fewer members.
The file type is mp4, its size is 2,443,623,054 bytes, and this time it is equipped with English subtitles.
The duration of the perforance is two hours and forty-five minutes.