Music: Bach to Gabrilowitch

The end of Lent is a season of music; composers, stirred by the most human and the most tragic story in the world, have written notes to sound its sadness or its glory. The greatest of all such music is The Passion of Our Lord according to St. Matthew, by Johann Sebastian Bach; this, 199 years after it was heard for the first time, was twice performed last week in Manhattan by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra directed by Ossip Gabrilowitch.

There is no variation of critical opinion concerning the St. Matthew Passion. "The deepest...