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Bach, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion [Box set]

The Bach Choir, David Willcocks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000J233L2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "Come, ye daughters, share my mourning"The Bach Choir 8:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "When Jesus had completed all..."Robert Tear0:510.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "O blessed Jesu.."The Bach Choir0:540.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "At that time there assembled the chief priests"Robert Tear0:260.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "Not upon the feast"The Bach Choir0:170.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative:"Now when Jesus was in Bethany"Robert Tear0:340.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "To what purpose is this waste"The Bach Choir0:320.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: " When Jesus understood it"Robert Tear 1:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "My Master and my Lord"Alfreda Hodgson 1:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Aria: "Grief for sin"Alfreda Hodgson 4:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "Then went one of the disciples"Robert Tear0:400.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Aria: "Break in grief"Felicity Lott 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "Now on the first day of the unleavened bread"Robert Tear0:130.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "Where, where, where wilt thou...The Bach Choir0:220.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recit/Chorus: "He said, Go to one in the city yonder"Robert Tear 1:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "Tis I, whose sins have bound thee..."The Bach Choir0:560.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "He answered them and said"Robert Tear 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "Although our eyes with tears o'erflow"Felicity Lott 1:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Aria: "Jesus, Saviour, I am thine"Felicity Lott 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recit: "And after they had sung a hymn together"Robert Tear 1:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "Receive me, my Redeemer"The Bach Choir 1:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recit: "Simon Peter made answer"Robert Tear 1:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "Here would I stand beside Thee"The Bach Choir 1:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: " Then came Jesus with them"Robert Tear 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "O grief! how throbs this heavy laden breast!"Neil Jenkins 2:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Aria: "I would beside my Lord be watching"Neil Jenkins 5:370.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recit: "And he went away"Robert Tear0:500.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recit: "The Saviour, low before His father bending"Stephen Roberts 1:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Aria: "Gladly would I take upon me"Stephen Roberts 4:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "And he came to his disciples"Robert Tear 1:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorale: "O Father, let thy will be done"The Bach Choir 1:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "And he came again and found them sleepingRobert Tear 2:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Duet:Chorus: "Behold, my Saviour now is taken"Felicity Lott 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Recitative: "And behold, one of the others"Robert Tear 2:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - Chorus: "O man, thy grievous sin bemoan"The Bach Choir 7:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria/Chorus: "Ah! now is my Saviour gone"Alfreda Hodgson 4:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "And they that had laid hold on Jesus"Robert Tear 1:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "How falsely doth the world accuse"The Bach Choir0:570.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recitative: "Yea, though many lying witnesses came forward"Michael Pierce 1:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recitative: "He holds His peace"Neil Jenkins 1:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "Endure, Endure"Robert Tear 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "And the high priest answeredRobert Tear 1:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "And then with one accord they did spitRobert Tear0:390.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "O Lord, who dares to smite Thee"The Bach Choir0:540.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "Simon Peter sat outside in the court"Rebecca Moseley-Morgan 1:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "And then began he to curse and to swear"Robert Tear 1:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "Have mercy, Lord, have mercy, Lord, on me"Alfreda Hodgson 6:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "Lamb of God, I fall before Thee"The Bach Choir 1:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "Now when the morning came"John Shirley-Quirk 1:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "And he cast the silver pieces down in the temple"Michael Pierce0:460.39  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "Give, O give me back my Lord"Stephen Roberts 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recitative: "And they took counsel together"Robert Tear 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "Commit thy way to Jesus"The Bach Choir 1:150.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit,Chorus: "At that feast then"Felicity Lott 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "O wondrous love, that suffers this correction"The Bach Choir0:550.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "The governor answered.."Robert Tear0:150.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "To all men Jesus good hath done"Felicity Lott 1:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "For love my Saviour now is dying"Felicity Lott 5:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "But they cried out the more"Robert Tear 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "O Gracious God"Alfreda Hodgson 1:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "If my tears be unavailing"Alfreda Hodgson 7:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit,Chorus: "And then did the soldiers..."Robert Tear 1:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "O sacred Head surrounded"The Bach Choir 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recitative: "And after they had mocked at Him"Robert Tear 1:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recitative: "In truth, to bear the Cross"Stephen Roberts0:420.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "Come healing cross"Stephen Roberts 7:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "And when they came unto the place"Robert Tear 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "The same was cast in His teeth by the robbers"Robert Tear0:150.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "Ah, Golgotha! Unhappy Golgotha!"Alfreda Hodgson 1:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria/Chorus: "See ye! See the Saviour's outstretched hands!Alfreda Hodgson 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "Now from the sixth hour"Robert Tear 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "Be near me, Lord, when dying"The Bach Choir 1:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "And then, behold, the veil..."Robert Tear 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit: "At evening, hour of calm and peace"Stephen Roberts 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "Make thee clean, my heart, from sin"Stephen Roberts 6:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "And Joseph took the body"Robert Tear 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Recit/Chorus: "And now the Lord to rest is laid"Felicity Lott 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Chorus: "In tears of grief"The Bach Choir 7:100.79  Buy MP3 


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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The only one in English 27 Sep 2007
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The booklet says it - this is not a recording for those who want an "authentic" performance. However, for those who want to understand what's going on, it is the only existing recording in English and a fine performance at that. There are times when it would be nice if the recording was little clearer and the soloists wallow a little too much for my tastes at times, but it will serve most listeners well. I also own the McCreesh which is supposedly authentic with all soloists rather than a chorus. That has much faster tempi, a more modern recording but you need a murderous mob like the Bach choir to do do justice to "Let Him be Crucified" and to "Lightnings and Thunders"! Arguably one of the finest few bars in history, "Truly this was the Son of God" is spine tingling in the hands of Willcocks but passes in a flash with McCreesh.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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There are two recorded version of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, this one and a cut (but highly dramatic version) from Bernstein issued on the Sony label.

As a 'good reformed Christian' Bach would loathe 'authentic' productions of his work. He believed the text was central to his work. Indeed, the very reason both St. John's and St. Matthew's Passions are so dramatically compelling are to highlight the importance of the Easter story. It is a pity that musical concerns so offen take prescedence, that form matters more than content. We shouldn't have to be German speakers to understand this sublime work.

Willcocks conducts a performance on modern instruments, which adds to the smoothness of the string accompaniments. This a beautiful performance which brings the emotional depth of this work to life for an English speaking audience. I am writing this review in Holy Week and appreciate that listening to this work is an act of worship, which edifies and uplifts, as well as entertains.

All the soloists are first class, with Robert Tear's evangelist particularly beautiful and expressive. This is a moving performance taken at an appropriate pace. The whole of Willcock's Passion lasts for 3 hours and 9 mins, as apposed to Gardiner's 'authentic' performance of 2 hours and 37 mins. For a work of this nature the slower, more sober pace can only add greater depth to the dramatic import of the sacred nature of the story. The choir of boys from St. Paul's Cathedral and the Bach Choir are also superb.

If you want a Saint Matthew's Passion that uplifts then this performance is ideal. One example is the aria (sung very movingly by Stephen Roberts), "Come, sacred cross.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also an "historic" performance 6 Feb 2012
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Other reviews here on Amazon compare this performance of "St Matthew Passion" with, for example, recordings by Paul McCreesh, and others, of "authentic" versions that seek to recreate the sound world of Bach's own time. I feel that Sir David Willcock's recording here needs to be understood as itself an historic performance, comparable with those common a generation or two ago under conductors like Reginald Jacques and even (on Pearl) Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The Bach Choir sing very well indeed but the glory of this recording is the line-up of soloists, especially the much-missed Robert Tear. Likewise the continuo players, all of whom are splendidly recorded supporting the exceptional soloists.

As Willcocks writes in his notes to the set, there are many other alternative versions of this masterpiece available to the record collector but, like Sir Adrian Boult's 1973 recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, this particular performance offers a glimpse of how our parents and grandparents were introduced to this wonderful music. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opera in all but name ... 11 May 2009
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As the Matthew Passion tells its story in a very operatic fashion, it is good to have an English language intepretation; good to actually be able to follow the story without recourse to booklet or O-level German!

The performance is excellent, if a little different - particularly if you are used to more 'authetic' versions. But it is also very 'regal', very moving, and suits the subject matter well. I also have the McCreesh and Harnoncourt recordings, and whilst this English language version doesn't come anywhere near replacing them in my affections, it genuinely complements them. So if you really love this great work, give it a go; it's well worth a listen.
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Also the version to have if your like...passion...in your Passion. Frankly the "authentic" versions all leave me cold, however brilliant some of the singing and playing may be. Many - I am one - regard this as the greatest religious work ever composed. But since no-one else has mentioned it here, I will mention that there is a post-production flaw in this set. The start of Track 10 on CD2 has got tacked on to the end of Track 9. Put simply, the tracks have been separated in the wrong place. This might not matter too much if it weren't for the fact that Track 9 is the end of Part 1 and Track 10 is the start of Part 2. If you rip the set to enjoy on your iPod or other digital music player (as many do), chances are you'll create two playlists: One for Part 1 and one for Part 2. So when you settle down to enjoy Part 2 (or begin with Track 10 on CD2), you will miss the first 4 bars of the introduction. The music fades in from the second phrase, which is very odd. If you are deeply troubled by this, someone with a good audio editing suite will be able to sort it out for you. I have deducted one star for this reason only. A flaw is a flaw.
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