Our chorus is performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion this coming spring, and I just stumbled on an amazing free online resource to help us prepare:
It has text (no translations though), IPA, and spoken audio recordings done by native speakers for the following works:
- Matthäus-Passion (St. Matthew Passion) – J. S. Bach
- Die Schöpfung (The Creation) – Haydn
- Selected movements from various Brahms choral works
It covers both the choral and solo movements, in case you’re preparing one or the other or both.
The website also has some general resources on learning IPA.
You’ll need a web browser with Flash support in order to use it. iPad/iPhone people, this website won’t work on Safari for mobile, but it does work on the Puffin web browser which you can purchase from the App Store here. In order to hear the audio, you’ll need to go into the Puffin web browser settings first and set “Ignore Mute Switch” to “on” and then turn up the volume on your iOS device: