Trevor Pinnock director
JS Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
What better place to begin our new series than with this great peak of European civilisation? Known within Bach’s circle during his lifetime as ‘the Great Passion’, the St Matthew Passion has been universally recognised as the pinnacle of Protestant devotional music since its rediscovery in the 1820s. The first complete performance of the work in England was directed by the Academy’s Principal, William Sterndale Bennett, in 1854. This is its first Academy performance of the 21st century.
Performed on historical instruments.