Thomas Quasthoff

Music Reviews
11:51 am
Tue July 10, 2012

'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
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Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 12:25 pm

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.

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Crossover
3:56 pm
Sat October 20, 2007

Thomas Quasthoff: Bass-Baritone

Thomas Quasthoff

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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Crossover
1:47 pm
Sat October 20, 2007

Conversations with soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and bass-baritoneThomas Quasthoff

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

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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