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  • Audio CD (14 April 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00008HCF1
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.1 Chorus I/II: "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen"James Gilchrist 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.2 Evangelist, Jesus: "Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte"Peter Harvey0:41£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.3 Choral: "Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen"James Gilchrist0:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.4 Evangelist, Chorus I/II, Jesus: "Da versammelten sich die Hohenpriester"James Gilchrist 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.5 Recitative (Alto): "Du lieber Heiland du"Paul McCreesh 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.6 Aria (Alto): "Buss und Reu"Paul McCreesh 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.7 Evangelist, Judas: "Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer"Peter Harvey0:33£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.8 Aria (Soprano): "Blute nur, du liebes Herz"Paul McCreesh 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.9 Evangelist, Chorus I, Jesus: "Aber am ersten Tage der süssen Brot"Deborah York 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.10 Choral: "Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen"James Gilchrist0:40£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.11 Evangelist, Jesus, Judas: "Er antwortete und sprach"Peter Harvey 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.12 Recitative (Soprano): "Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt"Deborah York 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.13 Aria (Soprano): "Ich will dir mein Herz schenken"Deborah York 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.14 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten"Peter Harvey0:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen15. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.15 Choral: "Erkenne mich, mein Hüter"James Gilchrist0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.16 Evangelist, Jesus, Petrus: "Petrus aber antwortete"Peter Harvey 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.17 Choral: "Ich will hier bei dir stehen"James Gilchrist0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.18 Evangelist, Jesus: "Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe"Peter Harvey 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.19 Recitative (Tenor, Chorus II): "O Schmerz! hier zittert das gequälte Herz"James Gilchrist 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.20 Aria (Tenor, Chorus II): "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen"James Gilchrist 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.21 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und ging hin ein wenig"Peter Harvey0:42£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.22 Recitative (Bass): "Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder"Paul McCreesh0:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen23. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.23 Aria (Bass): "Gerne will ich mich bequemen"Paul McCreesh 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.24 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern"Peter Harvey 1:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.25 Choral: "Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit"James Gilchrist0:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen26. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.26 Evangelist, Jesus, Judas: "Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend"Peter Harvey 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.27 Aria (Soprano, Alto, Chorus II): "So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen" - Chorus I/II: "Sind Blitze, sind Donner"James Gilchrist 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.28 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und siehe, einer aus denen"Peter Harvey 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One - No.29 Choral: "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß"James Gilchrist 6:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.30 Aria (Alto, Chorus II): "Ach nun ist mein Jesu hin"James Gilchrist 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.31 Evangelist: "Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten"Paul McCreesh 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.32 Choral: "Mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht"James Gilchrist0:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen33. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.33 Evangelist, Pontifex, Testis I/II: "Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten"Paul McCreesh 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.34 Recitative (Tenor): "Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille"James Gilchrist 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.35 Aria (Tenor): "Geduld"James Gilchrist 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.36 Evangelist, Pontifex, Jesus, Chorus I/II: "Und der Hohepriester antwortete"James Gilchrist 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.37 Choral: "Wer hat dich so geschlagen"James Gilchrist0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.38 Evangelist, Ancilla I/II, Petrus, Chorus II: "Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast"James Gilchrist 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.39 Aria (Alto): "Erbarme dich"Paul McCreesh 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.40 Choral: "Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen"James Gilchrist 1:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.41 Evangelist, Judas, Chorus I/II, Pontifex I/II: "Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester"James Gilchrist 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.42 Aria (Bass): "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder"Paul McCreesh 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.43 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus: "Sie hielten aber einen Rat"Peter Harvey 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.44 Choral: "Befiel du deine Wege"James Gilchrist0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.45 Evangelist, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chorus I/II: "Auf das Fest aber hatte der Landpfleger Gewohnheit"James Gilchrist 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.46 Choral: "Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe"James Gilchrist0:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.47 Evangelist, Pilatus: "Der Landpfleger sagte"Paul McCreesh0:21£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.48 Recitative (Soprano): "Er hat uns allen wohl getan"Deborah York 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.49 Aria (Soprano): "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben"Deborah York 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.50 Evangelist, Chorus I/II, Pilatus: "Sie schrieen aber noch mehr"James Gilchrist 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.51 Recitative (Alto): "Erbarm es Gott"Paul McCreesh0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.52 Aria (Alto): "Können Tränen meiner Wangen"Paul McCreesh 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.53 Evangelist, Chorus I/II: "Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte"James Gilchrist 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.54 Choral: "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"James Gilchrist 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.55 Evangelist: "Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten"Paul McCreesh0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen21. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.56 Recitative (Bass): "Ja freilich will in uns das Fleisch und Blut"Peter Harvey0:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.57 Aria (Bass): "Komm, süsses Kreuz"Peter Harvey 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.58 Evangelist, Chorus I/II: "Und da sie an die Stätte kamen"James Gilchrist 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.59 Recitative (Alto): "Ach Golgatha"Paul McCreesh 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.60 Aria (Alto, Chorus II): "Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand"Paul McCreesh 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.61 Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus I/II: "Und von der sechsten Stunde an"James Gilchrist 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.62 Choral: "Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden"James Gilchrist 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.63 Evangelist, Chorus I/II: "Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriss"James Gilchrist 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.64 Recitative (Bass): "Am Abend, da es kühle war"Peter Harvey 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.65 Aria (Bass): "Mache dich, mein Herze, rein"Peter Harvey 5:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.66 Evangelist, Chorus I/II, Pilatus: "Und Joseph nahm den Leib"James Gilchrist 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.67 Recitative (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus II): "Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht"James Gilchrist 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - No.68 Chorus I/II: "Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder"James Gilchrist 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 

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A few years ago, a startling Andrew Parrott recording of Bach's B minor Mass appeared with the double chorus singing one-to-a-part. I didn't much care for it, but it alerted me to the underlying scholarship (originating in a 1981 academic paper by the American conductor and keyboard player Joshua Rifkin).This had persuaded Parrott that, although Bach was on record as calling for a largish pool of singers for his choral forces, this was simply a tactic to ensure he always had sufficient technically able singers in good health to sing his music in Leipzig's churches. All the evidence pointed to the fact that the music was written to be performed one-to-a-part, therefore the two choruses required for the St Matthew Passion could total only eight singers.

Archiv's latest Matthew Passion recording (their sixth) is the first to fully implement the Rifkin/Parrott thesis and predictably it's Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Players who have risen to the challenge. As there are only eight singers in total I must honour them by naming them all: Deborah York, Julia Gooding, Magdalena Kozena, Susan Bickley, Mark Padmore (Evangelist), James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey and Stephan Loges. The generally fast speeds enable the work to be fitted onto two cds, and the recording (made in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark) was the culmination of a series of live performances. Roskilde was picked in part because, as well as its great organ, it possesses two additional Marcussen organs which work at concert pitch and the lower Baroque pitch. The robust support these instruments provide immediately conjures a new sound world for the music.

Padmore is now the leading British Evangelist of his generation, but all eight singers rise impeccably to the twin challenges of distinctive solo arias and blending as a chorus. The set as a whole exudes an entirely captivating intimacy: the moments of highest drama, paradoxically, are enhanced and not diminished by the absence of a big chorus. Although some of the German pronunciation isn't quite perfect, I was enthralled by this performance; it suggests to me that the case made by Rifkin, Parrott and McCreesh is proven. Choral singers should not, of course, be deprived of the chance to sing this glorious music as part of big choirs. But in future we may be less willing to listen to them.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2009
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Eight acclaimed vocalists join Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players for a splendidly intimate but also dramatic St Matthew Passion. Mark Padmore is outstanding as the Evangelist, but what's perhaps even more remarkable is how successfully the eight soloists unite to act as chorus as well.

This isn't big acoustic Bach for musicians and congregants; rather, it is operatic passion play, a religious music-drama ideal for home listening. Squeezed onto two discs, it is less intimidating than the usual triple CD behemoths, a good choice for anyone new to Bach's passion settings.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2006
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I agree with the previous reviewer that the Herreweghe recording is magnificent, but I don't think it's fair to compare this - it's a completely different approach. The introductory chorus is startling in its starkness - where many other recordings begin with pounding strings and an ominous, powerful choir, this is much lighter in texture, but not in mood and it is this which becomes the dominant impression throughout. This is a recording where the passion is delivered by the musicians - all soloists are superb and the playing is first-rate. If you're only going to have one St. Matthew, the Herreweghe is the choice but this one gives you a new understanding of the work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AbsoluteClassical on 20 Nov 2010
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Of all the recordings of this great work available some fall short when it comes to maintaining focus throughtout the long musical journey. There is often a tendency to see the individual Arias, choruses, chorales etc, as separate entities and not part of the whole. This leads, more often than not, to a rather disjointed performance. That approach rarely interferes with the beauty and profundity of the music, but it doesn't allow one to feel 'part' of an overall experience.

McCreesh's interpretation is one of total unity - his tempos (considered daring by some - although not by me) reflect the need not to get aimlessly bogged-down. What I love is how McCreesh allows the music to organically develop and almost follow itself on its own course. Rhythmically, this is the tightest performance of the work I know - I mean that in a positive sense: rhythm and rhythmic urgency is an integral part of Bach's music - even in his slow compositions there must never be a feeling of lag. McCreesh's rhythmic awareness is absolute, his focus on line and phrasing is masterful and his overall vision of the work is, in my opinion, utterly perfect. The chorales are beautifully woven into the musical fabric and McCreesh controls the singers and players with sensitivity and precision.

Of special delight is Mark Padmore - his rendition is simple and magnificently honest.

This is surely THE performance of this great work, and I urge anyone interested in this repertoire to experience McCreesh's unique and totally uplifitng style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2009
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I found this an excellent Matthew Passion! Listening to it (again and again) is a wonderful musical experience and has broadened and deepened my love for this music. The singers are all really excellent and McCreesh displays all his usual gifts for bringing out what is at the heart of the music and for bringing out the drama and excitement in a piece.

The one voice per part choral approach works well for me. I suppose the work lives on in my mind as having a larger choir but I have enjoyed the different sound and the greater sense of intimacy and clarity - and even the sharpening of the drama itself - that is made possible by it. This performance is as good as the best of those that I have heard (and I certainly prefer it to Gardiner's highly rated account). I don't see why it can't be a potential first choice for anyone ... and, if you already have a good version with a larger choir, a definite first choice for a second version. Don't be put off by the less than bowled over reviews here - this may not be the only way to do it but it is really first rate music making and succeeds in doing full justice to one of the greatest pieces of music ever penned.
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