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St Matthew Passion

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St Matthew Passion

We have been performing the St Matthew Passion every year since 1922. This year, guest conductor Johanna Soller is giving her artistic vision of this monumental masterpiece.

Time and again, the composition speaks to the heart“

At this time of year, there are many places you can hear Bach’s unsurpassed St Matthew Passion: about the suffering and death of Jesus, based on the account by his disciple Matthew and set to music. Time and again, the composition speaks to the heart, from its overwhelming beginning to the resigned final chorus. This time, Johanna Soller takes up the baton with us. She sees Bach’s masterpiece not just as a historical narrative. “The chorales and arias provide moments of rest in the continually advancing story”, says the talented German conductor. “And in a certain way, they also stand apart from the biblical story of the Passion. They speak to us, and they are very relevant to today. The content is intense and personal, and I hope to draw on that in order to move people.”

The concert

Works and Performance


Johann Sebastian Bach
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244


Netherlands Bach Society
Johanna Soller, conductor

Thomas Hobbs, evangelist
Isabel Schicketanz, soprano
Myriam Arbouz, soprano
Alex Potter, alto
Marine Fribourg, alto
Raphael Höhn, tenor
Guy Cutting, tenor
Felix Schwandtke, bass
Drew Santini, bass

Kampen Boys Choir


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St Matthew Passion

oratorios and Passions, BWV 244