J S Bach's St Matthew Passion

Where: St Matthew's Anglican Church, 35 Church Street, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Sally Chamberlain

Wairarapa Singers presents a masterpiece of classical sacred music, performed with five soloists, two choirs, a baroque orchestra and organ. St Matthew Passion presents a work of art that simply invites humanity to believe in itself and partake in its capacity to act as human beings might do when showing love and compassion for one another.

Standing as one of the pillars of Western sacred music, 'St Matthew Passion' is at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful. The Passion begins with an immense wave of sound - an opening chorus constructed of an interlocking double choir with a children's chorus soaring over the top, building with intensity and sweeping the listener into the drama.

Bach’s great skill as an artist lay in his ability to write music with supreme power to console, and it is clear that this is what he has achieved with St Matthew Passion. ​English tenor Ian Bostridge is so taken with Bach's music that he has made 'Passion' a staple of his repertoire and has said: "I think the St. Matthew Passion is one of the greatest pieces of music in the Western repertory."

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