This 2012 recording of the most influential and wide spread oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach features the Hungarian conductor iván fischer, a visionary in his field, with the royal concertgebouw orchestrain Amsterdam. The double choir is the essential musical aspect on which Iván Fischer s interpretation of Bach s St. Matthew Passionis based. Only by consistently seizing on that duality will all the complementary layers stand out as they should. He describes this essential fundamental aspect as follows: You can t do the St. Matthewin an unreligious way. The only approach is from a deep, universally religious feeling.
The internationally renowned tenor Mark Padmoreis brilliant as the Evangelist, Peter harveygives a moving interpretation of Christ. Together with ingeborg danz, renate arends, Maria espada, barbara kozelj, Peter gijsbertsenand henk neven and the netherlands radio choir they carry the audience through an affecting performance of this masterwork.
Live from Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 2012
"Libretto" by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Netherlands Radio Choir & National Children's Choir
Conductor: Ivan Fischer
Chorus Master: Gijs Leenaars
Mark Padmore - Tenor - Evangelist
Peter Harvey - Bass - Christ
Maria Espada - Soprano
Ingeborg Danz - Mezzo Soprano/Alto
Renate Arends - Soprano
Barbara Kozelj - Mezzo Soprano/Alto
Peter Gijsbertsen - Tenor
Henk Neven - Bass