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.
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.