Keyboardist Kristian Bezuidenhout talks about Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, obsessing over recordings as a teenager, and the dichotomy of Bach as both a total genius and also just a working guy.
Spotify playlist for Kristian’s pieces
Spotify playlist for main pieces
Spotify playlist for final question pieces
Other useful links:
St. Matthew Passion background information
English translation of St. Matthew Passion text
Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) in Leipzig, Germany, where St. Matthew Passion was premiered
History of St. Matthew Passion being performed in the Netherlands
John Eliot Gardiner’s 1989 recording of St. Matthew Passion
Viola da Gamba, or Viol/Gamba for short
Basso Continuo, or Continuo for short
A discussion on some problematic aspects of the Bach Passions
Kris Bezuidenhout’s website, where you can purchase CDs: http://kristianbezuidenhout.com/
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