Thomas Quasthoff

Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.

Jill Pasternak speaks with bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff about his highly celebrated release, The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens, which was awarded the ECHO award in Germany, the highest honor given in that country's music industry.

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Jill Pasternak speaks with renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The two look back on her distinguished career and discuss her farewell tour. Also, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff discusses his highly celebrated release, The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens.

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