J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion - St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig [Blu-ray]
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The new BluRay DVD by the St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig, an 800 year old institution that Bach himself graduated from, is both daring and eloquent and yet very true to the style of the period.
One bold departure from the traditional voicing of the work is the performance of Stefan Kahle, a male alto singing a part traditionally sung by a woman. A highly disciplined performer, Kahle renders every solo with an eloquence and beauty I have never heard in any previous performances. This is especially true in the exquisite duo for violin and alto: Erbarme dich, mein gott. Backed by a superb violinist, this aria is breathtaking. I highly recommend this.
The soloists are all excellent - including the alto Kahle who is a revelation.
I was left with the impression that Biller, choir and orchestra are serving the music and in so doing the performance becomes larger and deeper than merely a well rehearsed set of musicians running through a work. Their approach adds another dimension to the music, perhaps one that an agnostic like myself might call spiritual, larger than the sum of it's parts.
I think Bach would have been overjoyed to witness this performance. Well worth the ticket price and heartily recommended.
That said, I enjoy this blu-ray expecting repeated watching and listening.
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I really enjoyed the music and the video. Watched it many times.Published 6 months ago by G. Thompson
This is the best interpretation of the Matthaüs Passion I've ever heard. The young boy voices are simply angelical!Published 9 months ago by Bernard Côté
Replacing mezzo with male alto was a bad idea. Other than that, a good performance.Published 15 months ago by John Gookassian
This is a very good recording. This can only be beaten by attending of a live concert of the choir in the Thomas-church in Leipzig.Published on July 22, 2014 by Jan Strube
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