An enduring passion for Bach – Damian Thompson

December 21st, 2011

The Daily Telegraph – Saturday, 3 December
An enduring passion for Bach – Damian Thompson
This week I attended an amazing performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.? It was an appropriate time of year to hear the piece: Bach’s thorny harmonies reminded us that Advent is a penitential season. The setting was nicely sinister: an underground warehouse near Baker Street.? One choir was behind me, the other opposite, and the staging dragged us into the action.? The evangelist would start singing into my left ear, then push past on his way to the action.? Suzi Digby conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as part of her Vocal Futures scheme to introduce classical music to young people.? I don’t know about them, but I felt I was hearing the Passion for the first time. I still haven’t recovered.

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