Uncompromising performance of Bach Passion moving and powerful

The Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra: St Matthew Passion
Melbourne Recital Centre
By Clive O’Connell
Friday, April 19

Once again, director Rick Prakhoff and his double choir with double orchestra have produced a sterling interpretation of the long Bach Passion without compromising in any way the work’s requirements. Of course, this is ground-base territory for the organisation and you’d expect high quality; what made the experience even more welcome was the honest, straight-from-the-shoulder style of attack, without that unsettling fussiness peculiar to ultra-purists. Still, both string groups were sparing with vibrato, the ensemble included four oboes d’amore; Laura Vaughan provided the requisite gamba accompaniment for Komm, susses Kreuz.