James Runcie: The Story of Bach's Masterpiece

Bach’s St Matthew Passion is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. But what was it like to play and sing it for the first time? James Runcie, bestselling author of The Grantchester Mysteries, talks about the research involved in writing his new novel, The Great Passion, tracking the work from composition to first performance. Today’s talk is interspersed with music from acclaimed violinist Huw Daniel of Dunedin Consort, performed on a violin from 1665.

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