Just listened/watched to a wonderful performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion from the Royal Albert Hall. Very moving and spiritual.
I agree, I thought it was a first-rate performance with a galaxy of star soloists, especially Stuart Jackson as the Evangelist and, of course, the beautiful counter-tenor of Iestyn Davies. Infinitely better than the ghastly Matthew Passion of Simon Rattle, back in 2014, which I think was the last time the work was heard at the proms.
I was disappointed to read a very luke-warm review of last night's prom by Richard Morrison in The Times this morning - he thought it was a "competent" but "over-polite reading", that missed out on "the work's monumental theatrical aspect". I disagree!
There was some moments of poor camera work and the on-screen translation sometimes got out of sync (and had to go back at one point), but the music was just great - just a few untidy phrase endings from the choir. But the occasional loud noises from the audience (balloons bursting? sounds like benches falling over etc) always annoys me at prom concerts. The acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall somehow seems to amplify them.