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The St. Matthew Passion

Jean-Sébastien Bach (1685-1750)

  • DR - Christoph Pohl

  • DR - Lothar Odinius

Oratorio BWV 244 (1727)
Text by Christian Picander, based on the Gospel to St. Matthew.



Ténor (Évangéliste), Lothar Odinius
Basse (Le Christ), Christoph Pohl
Soprano, Dorothee Mields
Alto, Marianne Beate Kielland
Basse, Markus Flaig

Les Talens Lyriques

Chœur Arsys Bourgogne
Direction, Pierre Cao


The saint Matthew Passion, with its powerful music and the strength of its text, is indeed a monumental work. Its myth was maintained in the 19th century, through the eyes of musical romanticism, and until the second half of the 20th century. However, for religious reasons, the reception of the work at the time of its premiere in the Church of Saint-Thomas in Leipzig in 1729 was not unanimously favorable. But with each revival, the music was rediscovered: in 1829, Mendelssohn performed it with various arrangements, influenced by Romantic tastes. In 1985, Philippe Herreweghe caused a scandal at the Salle Pleyel: some called it a massacre. It is true that the lightness that the conductor and the Orchestra allowed themselves in interpreting the work was in contrast with the Romantic pathos continued by Furtwängler and Klemperer. Now Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques will take their turn interpreting this opus in all of its strength, drawing on a timeless musical score that is ready to be brought to life with each performance.

Events' dates

Sat 25 August 2012 21h00 Rencontres musicales de Vézelay / Vézelay / France

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