St Matthew Passion 2023

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

The ultimate masterpiece about love, loss and consolation: music of timeless, universal eloquence.

Peter Dijkstra was eight when he sang in a St Matthew Passion for the first time. He recalls that, for him, the high point of that experience was the choral eruption ‘Lasst ihn, haltet, bindet nicht’ – ‘I knew it was coming and still I got a fright each time’. Nowadays, he is lauded the world over for the dramatic fervour of his Bach interpretations: ‘brisk, gripping, overwhelming,’ in the words of Forbes. Boys’ choir, you are warned!

Brisk, gripping, overwhelming

Forbes about Bach with Peter Dijkstra


Bach st matthew passion



Peter Dijkstra conductor | Jeanine De Bique soprano |  Maarten Engeltjes countertenor |  Maximilian Schmitt tenor (evangelist) |  Fabio Trümpy tenor | Thomas Oliemans baritone |  Andreas Wolf bass (christ) | 
Choir Laurens Collegium and Netherlands Children’s Choir