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Bach - St Matthew Passion

Geraint Bowen conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Bach's St Matthew Passion at Hereford Cathedral as part of the 2015 Three Choirs Festival.

The Three Choirs Festival celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2015 with a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Artistic Director of the festival Geraint Bowen conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Three Cathedral Choirs, with a line-up of soloists including James Oxley, Matthew Brook, Elizabeth Watts, William Towers, Anthony Gregory and Roderick Williams.

Bach's masterpiece was first performed on Good Friday in 1727, at the church of St Thomas in Leipzig. This was at a time when the Three Choirs Festival had already been in existence for over a decade. Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents this concert from Hereford Cathedral, recorded in July during the 2015 Three Choirs Festival, with interviews from three of the solo artists talking about their roles.

Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244

James Oxley (Evangelist), tenor
Matthew Brook (Christus), bass-baritone
Elizabeth Watts, soprano
William Towers, countertenor
Anthony Gregory, tenor
Roderick Williams, baritone
Three Cathedral Choirs
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Geraint Bowen, conductor

Produced by Luke Whitlock.

3 hours, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Matthauspassion Bwv.244

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Geraint Bowen. Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Singer: William Towers. Singer: Anthony Gregory. Singer: Roderick Williams. Choir: Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Choir: Hereford Cathedral Choir. Choir: Worcester Cathedral Choir.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Matthauspassion Bwv.244

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Geraint Bowen. Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Singer: William Towers. Singer: Anthony Gregory. Singer: Roderick Williams. Choir: Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Choir: Hereford Cathedral Choir. Choir: Worcester Cathedral Choir.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia: Academy of St Martin in the fields/Marriner.
    • Philips.
    • 4.

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