The Passion According to St Matthew (J.S. Bach), Part II
The first performance of the St. Matthew Passion was given at the Leipzig Thomaskirche, on Good Friday of 1727. But Bach substantially revised his greatest, most complex liturgical work in 1736, and the Toccata Presentations are based on that version. The St Matthew Passion, in this form, was his last major composition for the Leipzig congregations.
The St. Matthew Passion was written for two separate Choirs, accompanied by two small Orchestras. In most Arias, only one Orchestra provides accompaniment. The Choirs are sometime separated, but more often sing in unison or antiphony - moving the story forwards, and also providing commentary on the events. At different times, the Choruses appear as an unruly mob, or quiet witnesses, or actual participants in the story.
Vocal Soloists for this presentation will include Robert Bousquet as the Evangelist; Stuart Duke and Gary Aldrich (on alternating performances), as Jesus; Michael Lloyd as Peter; Richard Haines as Judas; Brad Perry and Erik Linnell (on alternating performances) as Pilate ; and also with Chris Nelson and John Rabben (on alternate performances) appearing as the Priest. Joy Strotz will appear as Mother Mary. Becky Earl and Anne Davidson will appear (on alternate performances) in the role of Mary Magdeline.