I recently attended the MSO's Bach and St John in the brand new Concert Hall of the MSO( of course built totally at state expense with big cost over runs).
It was a beautiful performance of this deeply religious piece. The soloists were wonderful including last minute replacement Daniel Taylor. A wonderful evening of music.
KENT NAGANO, conductor
SIBYLLA RUBENS, soprano
DANIEL TAYLOR, counter-tenor
MARTIN MITTERRUTZNER, tenor
CHRISTOPH GENZ, tenor (Evangelist)
TYLER DUNCAN, baritone
MARKUS WERBA, baritone
PHILIPPE SLY, bass-baritone (Pilatus)
OSM CHORUS BACH
(St. John Passion)
An eminently dramatic work, the St. John Passion depicts the last days of Christ at the very heart of a structure in sound intended as an immense musical fresco. Although the work is anchored in the Gospel text, this Passion goes well beyond musical narration. Arias and choruses take turns in transmitting the message, covering a tremendous range in a crest of choral baroque, compelling in its inwardness.