Resources: St Matthew Passion

Saturday 24 March, St Christopher’s, Manuka

Learning aids

Learning aids are available from these sites. If you know of other useful sites please let us know.

ChordPerfect

http://www.chordperfect.com/johann-sebastian-bach/  has online files for each part with a singer highlighted against a muted background of the other parts.  They are also on YouTube, but I haven’t found a way to corral them together for easy access (except to purchase the package from ChordPerfect!)

Cyberbass audio files

http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Bach_J_S/bach_js_st_matthew_passion.htm has a dinky e-piano background with the individual part highlighted but no words so potentially easy to get lost in the tricky bits.

Learn Choral Music

http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Bach/Matthew/matthew.html is rather similar to Cyberbass with an organ sound but again no words – you may find it easier to download and keep for future reference.

A performance of Bach’s works by the Netherlands Bach Society and the Kampen Boys Choir

http://allofbach.com/en/bwv/bwv-244/   The “All of Bach” online video of the work is very good.

Bach Cantatas website

http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Texts/BWV244-Eng3.htm

Recommended recordings

1) Philippe Herreweghe – Collegium Vocale Gent (1999/2000)

https://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/classical/products/7941704–bach-j-s-st-matthew-passion-bwv244

2) John Eliot Gardiner – Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists (2017) (the recent recording not the 1980s recording)

https://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/classical/products/8267638–bach-j-s-st-matthew-passion-bwv244

Presto Classical seems to have the best offers for these, … even cheaper to buy proper CDs through the post, rather than downloading via iTunes etc.

I would normally recommend also Maasaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), but I think in his 1999 recording of BWV 244 the choir lacks clarity compared to the other two suggestions above, I think due to the acoustic they are in and the way it’s been recorded (it sounds a bit distant).

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