Saturday 24 March, St Christopher’s, Manuka
Learning aids are available from these sites. If you know of other useful sites please let us know.
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
1) Philippe Herreweghe – Collegium Vocale Gent (1999/2000)
2) John Eliot Gardiner – Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists (2017) (the recent recording not the 1980s recording)
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).