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Bach: Matthäus-Passion (St Matthew Passion) BWV 244 /Bostridge · Selig · Rubens · Scholl · Güra · Henschel · Collegium Vocale · Herreweghe [+ CD-Rom] [Box set]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Philippe Herreweghe , Ian Bostridge , Andreas Scholl , Collegium Vocale Gent , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Ian Bostridge, Andreas Scholl, Franz-Josef Selig, Sibylla Rubens, Werner Güra, et al.
  • Orchestra: Collegium Vocale Gent
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B00002R0ZL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kommt, ihr Tochter
2. Da Jesus diese Rede
3. Herzliebster Jesus
4. Da Versammelten Sich Die Hohenpriester
5. Du Lieber Heiland Du
6. Buss' und Reu'
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Disc: 2
1. Passio D.N.J.C. secundum Matthaeum, BWV244: 30. Ach! nun ist mein Jesus hin
2. Die Aber Jesum Gegriffen Hatten
3. Mir Hat Die Welt
4. Und Wiewohl Viel Falsche Zeugen Herzutraten
5. Mein Jesus schweigt
6. Geduld, Wenn Mich Falsche Zungen Stechen
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Disc: 3
1. Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte / Gegrusset seist du
2. O Haupt Voll Blut Und Wunden
3. Und Da Sie Ihn Verspottet Hatten
4. Ja! Freilich Will in Uns Das Fleisch Und Blut
5. Komm, Susses Kreuz
6. Und da sie an die Statte kamen / Der du den Tempel
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This wonderful recording couples two of the most exciting early music talents currently performing, Ian Bostridge and Andreas Scholl, and is worth buying for their contributions alone. Bostridge rivals a former great Evangelist, Peter Schreier, in the fierce intelligence of his approach and the perfect clarity of his diction, but brings a different, more quicksilver, sense of drama to the proceedings. Unsurprisingly, considering the importance of the Evangelist's role, this sets the tone for the whole recording--unshowy, pure; even cool. Andreas Scholl confirms his status as one of the truly great voices with a performance of "Ebarme dich" almost painful in its beauty, and the other soloists too all have clear, attractive voices. The downside is the lack of visceral savagery in the choral interjections: everything is precise, clean and accurate, but, when they cry out for Barabbas to be released and then Christ to be crucified, it does not match the shocking intensity of some other performances. This distanced, more serene sense of drama has its attractions too, and overall this is an excellent addition to the canon of Matthew Passion recordings. The disc also contains an interactive CD-ROM. --Warwick Thompson

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine, but with some reservations 25 Feb 2008
By William Burn VINE VOICE
The St Matthew Passion by Bach occupies a unique place in the world of music: its scale, intensity and expressive range set it apart even from the grandest operas, and yet it is music which was composed for the Good Friday service in Leipzig's Thomaskirche, where Bach was organist. The term "passion" refers to the story of Christ's suffering and crucifixion at Calvary; the bulk of the story is told by a tenor Evangelist and Christ's words are sung by a bass. As was traditional, verses from chorales are placed throughout the work, allowing the congregation to take part in the narrative, and solo singers and choruses are allowed the opportunity to comment or reflect on the action taking place.

This rather dry definition, while giving an impression of the different forms of music to be found herein, but words cannot even come close to the incredible dramatic force which Bach achieves in this work. The music ranges from breathtaking stillness (as in "Aus Liebe", sung by a soprano) to virtuoso solo singing ("Geduld", sung by the tenor, is a fine example), to grandly-scaled choruses (as in "O Mensch, bewein") and fabulously expressive writing for the Evangelist (whose part is incredibly demanding, calling for a top Bb right at the end of the work, after about 3 hours of singing!).

To bring this music to life is, it seems hardly necessary to say, a mammoth task. Not only must a conductor have at his disposal singers and instrumentalists of the highest quality, but also be able to control the drama and pace of a performance lasting over three hours. In the case of this recording, Herreweghe achieves these criteria in almost every respect, and this is a fine disc, although there are some disappointing aspects which should be balanced with the clear strengths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 11 Oct 2000
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I cannot recommend these CDs highly enough. There is a clarity and purity to this recording which brings me back to it time and again.
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A classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 24 Feb 2014
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Buy this immediately especially if you like rap, drum'n'bass, garage, house, black metal, thrash metal or any of the other specious crap which is annoying your neighbours. You won't understand or appreciate it but it will reflect well on your parents when the police itemise your possessions after you are slaughtered in your crack-house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful recording 23 Jun 2013
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The recording captures the aura of the sublime that permeates the music of J. S. Bach, especially in the St. Matthew Passion.
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