And last night I drove to Davis in the rain to see Bach's Saint Matthew Passion sung in German. For the beautiful work of the American Bach Soloists led by Jeffrey Thomas this is a short trip.
In my youth I performed a lot of Bach, including the "Erbarme dich" from this work. I very much admired the performance of mezzo-soprano Agnes Vojtko who sang it here. The entire piece lies in my heart like a buried treasure.
A performance of this monumental, life altering work rises and falls with the evangelist, here Guy Cutting, and the singer who performs Jesus, here William Sharp, both excellent in their roles.
With American Bach Soloists there are no weaknesses. The original instruments orchestra lists the makers of all the instruments below the players' names. The concert mistress Elizabeth Blumenstock plays a Guarneri. The style is perfection, and how can anyone resist the tiny booming chorus.