Choir of St Thomas Church, Leipzig & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra: St Matthew Passion

Birmingham International Concert Season 2011/12

Friday 9 March 2012

Symphony Hall

J S Bach
St Matthew Passion 164’

This concert has a running time of c. 3 hours, 10 minutes including one interval.

Choir of St Thomas Church, Leipzig
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Georg Christoph Biller Thomaskantor
Christoph Genz tenor
Martin Petzold tenor
Gotthold Schwarz bass
Matthias Weichert bass
Thomaner Stefan Kahle alto
Ute Selbig soprano

Bach wrote the St Matthew Passion when he was Cantor of the Thomanerchor, so the ultimate account of this masterpiece will be assured in Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival. Only fourteen cantors later, one of the world’s most revered choirs reaches its own remarkable 800th anniversary.

Sung in German with English surtitles. (surtitles broken!)
Please note surtitles may not be visible from every seat. Please check when booking.


Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…         “There was wonderful projection and clarity of both diction and texture from the Thomanenchor, their voices remarkably mature for such young people.

Of the excellent soloists, particularly outstanding were the dramatic Evangelist of Martin Petzold, reacting to events as though representing the Common Man, Stefan Kahle’s remarkable alto, and the expressive soprano of Ute Selbig”     …



Review by Alfred Hickling, Guardian (for same programme but at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester)

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…        “Accompanied by the magnificent Gewandhaus Orchestra, the textures conjured by the current kantor, Georg Christoph Biller, had the freshness and transparency of spring water. The boys proved capable of making a tumultuous noise in the choruses; yet it was in the chorales, the heart and soul of Bach’s Lutheran church music, that the harmonic lines interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating and working together.”       



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