Emmanuelle Haïm (1982) developed a regular activity as continuo player and musical assistant in a number of opera houses. Though nobody realized it at the time, she was also studying conducting. This activity naturally led her to conducting, thus realising a long-held dream. Her conducting debut was as unplanned as her turn toward the harpsichord. A new figure on the Baroque music scene in the early 2000's, she electrified audiences with passion & interpretations operatic and choral works.
The Soprano Singing in a Bach Passion - figurative bronze sculpture by contemporary Australian artist Susan Dorothea White
Bach's Passion of St. Matthew - lyrics in German and English
"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music." ~Johann Sebastian Bach
J.S. Bach, orphaned at 10, widowed at 35, 20 children, regarded as the world's greatest composer, challenged the conventions of church, state and society by expressing personal tragedy and hardship with passion, joy and conviction.
J.S. Bach: MatthÃ¤us-Passion; Johannes-Passion; Christmas Oratorio; Easter Oratorio; Mass in B minor [CD]
For Holy Week: Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" with translation, Biblical sources, dramatic script (in 5 30-min segments)
J.S. BACH: ST. MATTHEW PASSION BWV 244 (English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner)