Alexandra Coghlan

The best recordings of my favourite Passion

Many today prefer the St John for its brutal, breathless action – verbatim theatre, centuries ahead of its time – but it’s the St Matthew that has my heart

For unapologetic intensity and soul-stirring drama head straight to Leonard Bernstein, pictured here at the Carnegie Hall in the 1940s. Photo: William P. Gottlieb / Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection / Getty Images

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