Sebastiani: Matthäus Passion / Stubbs, O'dette

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 555204-2
Format: CD

Stubbs, Stephen; Woody, Jonathan; Balzer, Colin; McStoots, Jason; Medley, Nathan; Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Immler, Christian; O'Dette, Paul; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble; Siedlaczek, Ina

Johann Sebastiani’s name no doubt will be familiar only to a few certified music experts. Born in Weimar in 1622, Sebastiani spent a good many years of his life in Königsberg, where he arrived around 1650 and later was appointed court chapel master. He composed countless occasional works as well as a St. Matthew Passion (1672) – a welcome addition to our picture of Lutheran church music and a work closing a gap in the history of Passion settings between Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach. Stephen Stubbs, Paul O’Dette, and their Boston Early Music Festival Chamber & Vocal Ensemble have fond memories of Bremen, where they have recorded in the radio broadcast hall on various occasions and produced Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Baroque opera La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, for which they won a Grammy Award in 2015. Their current release featuring Johann Sebastiani’s St. Matthew Passion pays tribute to Königsberg’s music culture and to the composer who was one of its central representatives.

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