St. Matthew Passion

May 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Composed in 1727, it’s one of two surviving J. S. Bach accounts of the last days of Jesus. Bill begins by examining the history of the Lutheran church in Germany and the early musical representations of Christ’s last days, including Bach’s earlier St. John Passion. Before the week is over we will also sample Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ and Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión Según San Marcos.

Playlist

Episode 1

J.S. Bach: “Herr, unser Herrscher” from St. John Passion
Staatskapelle Dresden & Rundfunkchor Leipzig/Schrier
Bach: St John Passion / Schreier, Alexander, Holl
Philips 422088; 9:45

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
CSO & Chorus/Solti
Bach: Matthäus-Passion – Arias & Choruses / Solti, et al
Decca 425691; 2:49, 1:25

J.S. Bach: “Kommt, Ihr Töchter” from St. Matthew Passion
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Bach: St Matthew Passion / Gardiner, Rolfe Johnson, Et Al
Archiv 427648; 5:56

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
Bach: Matthaus-passion / Bostridge, Selig, Herreweghe, Et Al
HM 951676-78; :42, :46, 8:14, 7:55, :40, 9:44

Episode 2

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
Bach: Matthaus-passion / Bostridge, Selig, Herreweghe, Et Al
HM 951676-78; 1:01, 3:41, 6:31, :40, :57, 4:15, 2:27, :45, 2:21, 4:37, 8:00

J.S. Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4 (excerpts)
American Bach Soloists/Thomas
American Bach Soloists
Koch 7235; :28, 10:12

J.S. Bach arr. Stokowski: Chorale from the “Easter Cantata,” BWV 4
BBC Phil/Bamert
Bach: Transcriptions By Stokowski
Chandos 9259; 3:47

Episode 3

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
HM 951676-78; 11:36, 2:01, :53, 2:14

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Klemperer
Bach: St Matthew Passion / Klemperer, Pears, Ludwig, Et Al
EMI 67542; 9:00, 1:08

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
Gabrieli Consort & Players/McCreesh
Bach: St Matthew Passion / Mccreesh, Gabrieli Consort
Archiv 000005702; :36

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, II & III
Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields/Marriner
Trio – Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Etc / Marriner, Asmf
Philips 470934; 8:40

J.S. Bach: “Ich habe genug” from Cantata BWV 82
Camerata Academica Salzburg/Norrington
Bach: Cantatas BWV 82, 56, 158 / Goerne, Norrington
Decca 466570; 6:50

Glenn Gould: “So You Want to Write a Fugue?”
Julliard String Quartet & Benson-Guy, soprano; Darian, mezzo-soprano; Bressler, tenor; Gramm, bass
Glenn Gould Edition – Gould: Quartet; Shostakovich, Et Al
Sony 52679; 3:55

Episode 4

Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, I
Orchestra of St. Lukes/Rudel
The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross
Musicmasters 60238; 6:18

Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasión Según San Marcos (excerpts)
Orquesta La Pasión & Scola Cantorum de Caracas/Guinand
Golijov: La Pasion Segun San Marcos / Guinand, Souza, Et Al
Hänssler Cl 98404; 12:24

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
Bach: Matthaus-passion / Bostridge, Selig, Herreweghe, Et Al
HM 951676-78; 2:47, 6:07, 2:17, 1:03, 5:52, 2:46, 6:47

J.S. Bach: “Bist Du Bei Mir,” BWV 508
Orch./Sadin; Battle, soprano
Grace / Kathleen Battle
Sony 62035; 2:19

Episode 5

J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue No. 13 from the Well-Tempered Clavier
Fellner, piano
Das Wohltemperierte Klavier
ECM 1853; 3:18, 1:14

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
Bach: Matthaus-passion / Bostridge, Selig, Herreweghe, Et Al
HM 951676-78; 4:49, 5:48, 3:29, 4:32, 3:48, 2:31, 7:43

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
CSO & Chorus/Solti
Bach: Matthäus-Passion – Arias & Choruses / Solti, et al
Decca 425691; 11:08