The Passions of J.S. Bach did not come out of the blue, but they were created in a long tradition of reciting the story of the last days of the life of Jesus. This was in the Holy Week a very important part of the solemnities. In the 17th age -the old man- Heinrich Schütz (1585 - 1672) wrote his passions in a style that was already out of date. Johann Theile was a student of Schütz, but in his passion, "Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Evangelium Matthaeum" from 1673 he renewed the tradition. He introduced accompaniment with Basso continuo and wrote comments on the text in the form of four aria's. That is definitely the greatest renovation Theile added. They make a bridge to the melodies of the Bach-chorals. The choir has five voices (SSATB). The baroque-orchestra consists of two violins, two gamba's, a theorbe, a cello and a organ.
Recorded on CD
This Passion is recorded on CD in March 2000 by Cappella ad Fluvium in a chapel in Huissen, the Netherlands. This CD has been broadcasted by several radiostations. The CD is still for sale and CD costs 18,00 euro. This includes packaging- and forwarding-charges.
Here you can download or listen to a fragment (MP3 format): Opening Choir