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Bach, JS : St Matthew Passion [2001]
 
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Bach, JS : St Matthew Passion [2001]

Dorothea Röschmann, Bernarda Fink, Elisabeth von Magnus, Christoph Prégardien, Michael Schade, Oliver Widmer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Concentus musicus Wien
3 April 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Sep 2005
  • Release Date: 13 Sep 2005
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 2001 Teldec Classics International
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 2:41:35
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  • ASIN: B001F4XEYE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,332 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 8 Aug 2005
Format: DVD Audio Verified Purchase
Firstly a note to clarify the packaging. The DVD comes in a DVD jewel case (slightly bigger than a CD jewel case) with a booklet. It has none of the apparent problems that the CD box set had.
Now onto the music.
The Passion According to St Matthew (to give the work its full title) is one of the greatest choral works ever written. It takes you from sublime exctasy to great, powerful passages. It is two and three quarter hours of pure genius.
And it is a stunning performance. Harnoncourt paces the work impeccably, brings out hair raising performances from the soloists and delivers a full blooded and geniunly inspired choral performance. Nor should the orchestra accompaniment be ignored. It is just perfect, providing wonderful support for the choir and soloists.
I have a few versions of this work, but I would rate this one as the best. The others are more or less redundant now, not least because this one allows me to listen to the whole thing in one go, without distracting disc changes.
The surround sound is simply impeccable.
The booklet is excellent with a history and discussion of the work.
This is one of all to few DVD Audio discs that really take advantage of the new format.
I would love to see more multi CD works presented in this fashion.
To conclude, this is one of the best DVD Audio discs that I know of and I recommend it unreservedly.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By JOHN LITTLE on 13 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
...both the music, that is, and the superb booklet-form presentation package containing this 3-CD version of Bach's musical masterpiece - possibly the greatest musical work in the past or in any millennium.
Harnoncourt's tempi may seem a trifle brisk for many listeners who are used to hearing sombre, slow and monumental versions of Bach sacred and choral music. I must say I did baulk at the tempo Harnoncourt takes, right from the opening bars.
However, one ends with the impression that the tempi are perfect. The soloists are all splendid, too, without having to pick one out, and both choirs have a sweet and mellow sound. (I didn't realise that the wonderful Schubert lieder exponent Ian Bostridge sings in the the role of Evangelist on another comparable recording of this work, but I really have no quibbles with this sound of this excellent performance).
The CD booklet in which the CDs come is really a class act, using medieval images that depict the Passiona and crucifixion of Christ, and presenting the excellent liner notes and words in a stylish and very sturdy package that almost resembles a hardback book.
Finally.... the CD ROM facility means one can pop a CD into a computer, which when presents images of the original score (with zoom-in facility). It's only slightly interesting - a word that emphatically does NOT apply to Bach's sublime music. But no doubt multimedia CDs like this will be the norm soon.
Verdict: a truly worthwhile addition to your CD collection, especially if you're a Bach worshipper.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on 25 Jan 2005
Format: DVD Audio
This is a great disc, and, by the way, it is a single DVD-Audio. The DVD-A is easy to remove and is well packaged, I assure you. And what a bargain, - the entire Matthew Passion for £14 or less!!
The performance is wonderful and will shake all previous allegiances. Harnoncourt manages to give us a human Christ and human emotions, in a tense emotional drama very much of this world but which also embraces the sublime, both philosophically and in terms of the rapture of the choral singing.
The hi-res sound is equally splendid, - Bach's beloved music soars, touches and burns within a believable acoustic in which all singers and instrumentalists can make a meaningful contribution.
For your own sake, ignore the codswallop from musicfan about the packaging of the redbook cds, and the absurd star ratings that go with it, and buy this wonderful disc for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
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Harnoncourt is an acquired taste but there's no question he's a visionary. Even though this is a recent, more mellow vision of the way Bach should be played than his earlier efforts, this version suffers from what I object to most with Harnoncourt's great cantatas cycle: the singing.
Tempi, instrument textures, etc..., everything is great on this recording. It shouldn't be judged by listening just bits of it, in which cas one might find some tempi rushed, etc... Listened to as a whole, it's a beautiful performance.
BUT if you have an ear for pitch imprecisions, you might cringe a bit in places. Listen to the aria "Blute nuch...". If you think it's well sung, by all means, buy this version and you're in for a treat. If you hear what I hear it might put you off. When it's not pitch problems, it's simply rather pedestrian voice quality or lack of power (Ich will dir my Herze schenken).
I really wanted to buy it. From an instrumental point of view, I think it's a version one should own, it's got heart-breakingly beautiful moments. Now I'm really reluctant and am content to listen to it online.
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