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Bach's St Matthew Passion | Academy of Ancient Music

Friday March 29, 2024 at 15:00
Barbican Hall, London
from £15
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  1. St Matthew Passion BWV 244 - Johann Sebastian Bach

On Good Friday, Academy of Ancient Music returns to a masterpiece that never grows old: Bach’s St Matthew Passion, stripped back to its essentials and performed with absolute commitment.

Filled with wonder and sorrow, a survivor tells his tale. As other voices tell their stories, the chorus becomes an accusing crowd, and an ancient tragedy comes startlingly alive. This is Bach’s St Matthew Passion, in an intimate and powerful performance from Academy of Ancient Music and a consort cast of acclaimed soloists.

The St Matthew Passion has become a Good Friday tradition, but this year Academy of Ancient Music gets back to the music’s roots, using a chamber scaled orchestra that Bach himself might have recognised and solo singers who step out of the ensemble to share their testimony. Performed like this, the emotion feels even more intense, and as ever, no religious belief is required: just a readiness to experience one of western music’s most beautiful – and transforming – masterpieces.

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