Julian Prégardien Tenor
Stéphane Degout Baritone
Christian Immler Baritone
Hana Blazikova Soprano
Lucile Richardot Mezzo soprano
Tim Mead Countertenor
Robin Tritschler Tenor
Thomas Hobbs Tenor
Maîtrise de Radio France
Raphaël Pichon Conductor
Royal Chapel St Matthew Passion, the summit of Bach’s work was probably created on Good Friday. Year 1727 in St Thomas in Leipzig has haunted the history of music for almost three centuries. Performed several times in Bach’s lifetime, it was the spearhead for the rediscovery of Bach in the 19th century. Based on saint Matthew’s account, the librettist Picander composed 28 scenes. Among them and the gospel parts, Bach introduced twelve harmonized chorales with hymns inserted and the grand chorale ending the first part.
The presence of a double choir is one of the main distinctive elements of this passion. This is what reinforces the dramatic power of the work, with action scenes with the main protagonists of the Passion and also the crowd, both witness and player of the drama. The result obtained by Bach cannot be compared to other German passions of the time, which are much more conventional. Bach is closer to a grand biblical oratorio, as composed by Handel at the same time in England, with alternating arias and chorales, both describing and commenting the events of the passion and the religious feelings it inspired: indignation, piety, grief. We are at the summit of baroque rhetoric; the urgency of the drama is more perceptible than ever. After conducting this Passion at the Chapelle Royale in 2016 and dazzling the public, Raphaël Pichon is returning to it, and our expectations are even higher...
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Saint Matthew Passion
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