Bach St. Matthew Passion oratorio. Ritualised (directed) 2010 by Peter Sellers at the Philharmonie in Berlin. Stars tenor Mark Padmore (Evangelist), bass Christian Gerhaher (Jesus), soprano Camilla Tilling, contralto Magdalena Kozena, tenor Topi Lehtipuu, and bass Thomas Quasthoff. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Rundfunkchor Berlin (Chorus Master Simon Halsey), and the Knaben des Staats und Domchors Berlin (Chorus Master Kai-Kwe Jirka). Music has runtime of 195 minutes and there is a 51-minute bonus extra with Peter Sellers in conversation with Simon Halsey. Directed for video by Daniel Finkerhagel and Alexander Lück. Released 2012, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Package also has 2 DVDs and 7-day digital concert hass voucher. Grade: Help!
Matthew Gurewitsch reports in the August 2012 Opera News (page 60) that Simon Rattle himself calls the performance recorded here "the single most important thing we ever did here."