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Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with Sir Simon Rattle The celebrated production by Peter Sellars

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Sir Simon Rattle was in no doubt: the performance of the St Matthew Passion which he realised together with Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in 2010 was for him “the single most important thing we ever did here”. Critics around the world agreed. They praised the semi-staged “ritualization” by American star-director Peter Sellars, as well as the outstanding musical performances by the soloists, including Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher, Thomas Quasthoff and Mark Padmore as the Evangelist. By popular demand, a recording has been released on double DVD and Blu-ray.

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The recording of the concert was originally produced for the Digital Concert Hall, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s video platform on the Internet. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray editions contain a wealth of bonus material, including extensive booklets with introductory texts, biographies and lots of colour photos. The audiovisual extras also include an extensive interview with Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey, director of the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

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Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano
Magdalena
Kožená Mezzo-Soprano
Topi Lehtipuu
Tenor (Arias)
Mark Padmore
Tenor (Evangelist)
Thomas Quasthoff
Baritone (Arias)
Christian Gerhaher
Baritone (Christ)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey
Chorus Master
Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin
Kai-Uwe Jirka
Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Ritualisation

Recording from 11 Apr 2010

Bonus: Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey in conversation