J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion – Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

April 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion is simply, one of the greatest works of art of any age. A profound meditation on the final days of Christ’s life, as related in the Gospel of St Matthew, the Passion is a masterful harmonisation of the theatrical and the intimate, the epic and the human.

An Easter tradition for many regardless of faith, the St Matthew Passion’s themes speak to all of us: sacrifice and resurrection, betrayal and redemption, compassion and love. Bach brings the familiar story to life with a vivid immediacy and visceral power that grips us from the first moments. Interleaved within this story are sublimely beautiful and sombre reflections on Christ’s suffering that invite us to share this despair and hope. A tour de force for the choir, vocalists and orchestra under Brett Weymark, the St Matthew Passion is a pinnacle of the Baroque repertoire.
Brett Weymark conductor
Robert Macfarlane, Evangelist
Christopher Richardson, Christus
Celeste Lazarenko soprano
Sally-Anne Russell mezzo soprano
Jonathan Abernethy tenor
David Greco baritone
Symphony Chorus
Chamber Singers
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra