Music So Beautiful it Hurts

April 13th, 2006 Posted in Uncategorized

Thanks to Ellen Tarlow who had an extra ticket and invited me, I went to BAM last night to see St. Matthew’s Passion. The minute I got home I looked for one of bass arias to download. If I’m remembering correctly, I think the words in english were “Come my heart and make me pure (so that I might bury Jesus).” I listened to a bunch of versions and picked a German one sung by Thomas Quasthoff. I think I’ve already played it a hundred times. The incredible tenderness of that desire — it’s almost painful to contemplate.

Here is yesterday’s review of the BAM show in the Times.

You have two more chances to see it. It’s thrilling. Don’t miss your chance.

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