Review: Classic Melbourne

Melbourne Bach Choir: St Matthew Passion

Published 1 May 2019
Author: Peter Hurley

There is always anticipation of an event such as the presentation of a work of such significance as this. At a time when J.S. Bach’s reputation was all but forgotten, a young Mendelssohn examined the score of this work, and this persuaded him of its transcendent nature, and of the need to review Bach’s contribution to music. At a time when we now regard J.S. Bach as one of the most significant parents of our music, the idea of him once needing to be rescued from neglect seems unthinkable.