Free Matthew Passion from Dutch Bach pioneers

Free Matthew Passion from Dutch Bach pioneers


norman lebrecht

April 11, 2015

Those estimable missionaries of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging have reached the book of Matthew in their quest to record the complete JS Bach on video.

The performers are the Netherlands Bach Society and the Kampen Boys Choir, conductor Jos van Veldhoven.

Click here for full performance.

Jos van Veldhoven, dutch bach



  • Petros Linardos says:

    That’s one of the cases where the grossly overused expression “amazing” is truly relevant.

    The Netherlands Bach Society under van Velhoven are the real deal. is arguably one of the very best webpages with classical music.

  • John Borstlap says:

    A truly marvellous performance combining HIP and expression. (Historically Informed Performance)

  • Michael Endres says:

    One of the most amazing classical music websites !
    Not only can one look forward to all of Bach’s music ( and so far the available performances have been outstanding ), but each work comes with interviews and introductory articles.
    The filming is in HD quality with excellent camerawork.
    For all to those who haven’t been there yet : go now, check it out and get your weekly dose of Bach , as every Friday a new work is added.

  • Nick says:

    I had never heard of this site till seeing this thread. Decided to have a quick look at the start of the St. Matthew Passion last night at 1:15 am and just could not stop listening and watching. Quite marvellous! I have bookmarked the site and will be a regular visitor. Thank you NL.

  • Jan de Jong says:

    Sharing Bach with the world.

    Compare this to pay wall of the Berlin Philharmoniker….

    • MWnyc says:

      And personally, in the St. Matthew Passion – in any Bach, really – I’d choose the Netherlands Bach Society over the Berlin Philharmonic.