Sir Simon Rattle was in no doubt: the performance of the St Matthew Passion which he realised together with the 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.
This celebrated recording is now released in a new hardcover linen edition with a comprehensive booklet and a voucher for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall.
Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
Camilla Tilling Soprano
Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano
Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)
Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)
Christian Gerhaher Bass (Christ)
Thomas Quasthoff Bass (Arias)
Simon Halsey Chorus Master
Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin
Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master
Peter Sellars Staging
Recording from 11 April 2010
Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey in conversation