Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 - The Observer

From the pounding, grinding opening chorus onwards, this is a completely gripping picture of the Passion story ... One shock to a purist early-music approach will be the use of the eloquent tenor Maximilian Schmitt as a thoroughly operatic Evangelist, but he matches well the dramatic approach of the whole ... Herreweghe’s choir Collegium Vocale Gent, replenished over the years, is ever fresh and precise.

The Observer
23 February 2020