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Saint Matthew Passion

At the time of composing Saint Matthew Passion (1727 revised in 1736), Johann-Sebastian Bach was at the height of his creative powers. This work recounts the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, using the words of the Holy Scriptures, often interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus – dramatic, lyrical and contemplative. The emotional variety and intensity are correspondingly greater. Because of the magnitude of work which contains no fewer than 68 musical numbers and requires almost five hours to perform.
JS Bach's St Matthew Passion is a unique depiction of the suffering and death of Christ.

Director :
Louise Narboni

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Co-production :
Idéale Audience, Soli Deo Gloria, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Museec, France Televisions  
In association with :
European Music & Arts Consultants
Produced by : Hélène Le Coeur

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Distributor(s) / Sales Agent(s) :
EuroArts Music International

DVD EuroArts / SolideoGloria  N° 3079658

Composer(s) :
Johann-Sebastian Bach

Work(s) :
Saint Matthieu Passion

Cast :
Werner Güra, tenor – Evangelist
Stephen Morscheck, bass – Jésus
Lucy Crowe, soprano
Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, ténor
Matthew Brook, baryton
Bertrand Grünenwald, bass   
Conductor : John Nelson, conductor
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Schola Cantorum of Oxford, James Burton, choir Master
and Maîtrise de Paris, Patrick Marco, choir Master
Christophe Coin, viola di gamba

Date and shoot location :
Live recording from St Denis Basilique, Festival de Saint-Denis, on July 5th, 2011

Photo credits :
Julien Mignot © Idéale Audience