St. Matthew Passion: Part 29 Chorale O man, bewail ‘your great sin
From St Matthew’s Passion (2013)
Released by Harmonia Mundi
Bach: St. Matthew Passion: Part 29 Chorale O man, bewail ‘your great sin
It has haunted René Jacobs since childhood: first as a boy soprano in Ghent, then as a countertenor, he has constantly frequented the supreme masterpiece that is the St Matthew Passion. Today he examines it at the point of intersection between historical musicology (forget the work’s deceptive ‘stereophony’!) and theology; served here by artists totally devoted to the project and a three-dimensional multichannel recording, the ‘great Passion’ embodies more than ever the paradox of a drama at once intimate, theatrical, and collective. An initiatory journey, a progress towards the light that will grip every listener.