Review: A ‘St. Matthew Passion’ Balances Splendor and Calmness

[ad_1] Of the two surviving Passions of Bach, “St. John” is more fiery, dramatic and disturbing. “St. Matthew” is something like his wise and thoughtful brother. And that’s how “St. Matthew Passion” met under Bernard Labadie’s lead at Carnegie Hall on Thursday. St Luke’s Orchestra, with three choirs and half a dozen soloists. This is …