De Wolff’s St Matthew Passion

"There was only one authentic performance and that was the first one in Leipzig”, said Charles de Wolff about the St Matthew Passion.

Maurits Schmidt’s book ‘Het geheim van Naarden - zwerftocht door een Matthäus-traditie' (The secret of Naarden - a ramble through the St Matthew Passion tradition) reminisces about the conductorship of De Wolff in Naarden: "In the vestry after a concert, he was so angry once that he broke his baton into five pieces and threw them at the choir. One of the members had fallen asleep during the concert, which was being televised to boot!”

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The St Matthew Passion , conducted by Charles de Wolff in 1968.