Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

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25th Feb 2013




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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Filmed live in the Basilica Cathedral Saint-Denis, Paris, France, in July 2011

Werner Güra (Evangelist), Stephen Morscheck (Jesus), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass) & Bertrand Grunenwald (bass)

Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Schola Cantorum of Oxford & Maîtrise de Paris, John Nelson

DVD Video - 2 discs


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Directed by Louise Narboni

The St. Matthew Passion is the third part of ‘The Soli Deo Gloria Collection’ conducted by the American John Nelson who is well known for his interpretations of Romantic works.

This monumental piece, composed by J.S. Bach, recounts the dramatic story of the capture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, it presents a profound, dramatic, lyrical and contemplative work.

The concert features the excellent Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, as well as two internationally acclaimed choirs: the Schola Cantorum of Oxford (one of the oldest choirs in the UK) and the Maîtrise de Paris with origins back in the 12th century.

Directed by Louise Narboni and filmed twice with 7 HDTV cameras in the Basilica Cathedral Saint-Denis – a unique, monumental masterpiece of Gothic art.

The DVD also includes the Documentary “John Nelson’s Saint Matthew Passion - The Journey” by Louise Narboni as a Bonus - showing intense rehearsals and interviews with John Nelson.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Region code: 0

Languages: English

Subtitles: German, French, English

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 177 mins + 52 mins (BONUS)

BBC Music Magazine

July 2013


“It's the overwhelming sincerity that compels, and Nelsons's cast is strong, if pulling in different directions. The star is Lucy Crowe, endlessly radiant...If plushness and incisiveness drive Nelson's vision, then Oxford's Schola Cantorum respond in kind.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2013

“Nelson gets to the core of the work with his avuncular didacticism and genial control; and what characterful singing emerges...The last word goes to the fine Schola Cantorum of Oxford...who deliver...true characterisation, tenderness, ardour and an attentiveness to detail which fuels Nelson's rounded and mature vision of the St Matthew”

International Record Review

July/August 2013

“There's a blazing sincerity about this performance that draws in the listener...Gura is a very experienced Bach singers and he's a moving Evangelist who tells the story with real emotional power...The Schola Cantorum of Oxford sings extremely responsively...Nelson brings a rather Romantic spirit to the work, but this never does it any violence.”

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