Bach's Passions are as close as he got to composing opera and all the emotions are there - hatred, jealousy, remorse, yearning, denial, forgiveness, humiliation, betrayal, despair and, at the last, some compassion and a breath of hope.

Christ Crucified, by Diego Velazquez

Christ Crucified, by Diego Velazquez Photo: Public Domain

 

J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV244

Performed in Auckland Town Hall, 4 October 2018

Evangelist ... Gwilym Bowen
Christ ... Laurence Williams
Soprano ... Sara MacLiver
Mezzo ... Helen Charlston
Tenor ... Hiroshi Amako
Baritone ... Michael Craddock

The University of Auckland Chamber Choir (Karen Grylls, director), Ripieno Chorus (singers from Westlake Girls' High School and St Cuthbert's College, directed by Fiona Wilson and Rowan Johnston)

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Layton

Recorded by RNZ Concert
Producer: Tim Dodd; Sound engineer: Adrian Hollay