Bach’s setting of the Passion story — an astonishing tale of persecution, betrayal and forgiveness — is a work of staggering musical virtuosity and accomplishment. This is music that pushes and pulls us, that draws us inexorably inwards and Awhich remains overwhelmingly moving, year after year. But it is just as much a story about love. About how each of us, spiritual or otherwise, can find solace and community through love and redemption, and take courage from the knowledge that hope still lives on in the darkest of places.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Matthew Passion, BWV 244