Bach’s Passions Are Revealed From Different Angles

bach2_small.jpgBy ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 11 April 2006]
Imagine how different the history of music might have been had Bach been interested in opera. Suppose that instead of heading to Leipzig, Germany, in 1723 to become the cantor at the St. Thomas Church, he had settled in Dresden, where audiences had an insatiable passion for Italian opera.