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Bach: St.Matthew Passion Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000058UST
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Nr.1 Chor: Kommt, ihr Töchter
2. Nr.2 Rezitativ: Da Jesus diese Rede (Evangelist/Jesus)
3. Nr.3 Choral: Herzliebster Jesus (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
4. Nr.4 Rezitativ: Da versammelten sich die Hohempriester (Evangelist)
5. Nr.5 Chor: Ja nicht auf das Fest (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
6. Nr.6 Rezitativ: Da nun Jesus (Evangelist)
See all 31 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nr.32 Rezitativ: Und er er kam (Evangelist/Jesus/Judas)
2. Nr.33 Duett: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Sopran/Alt/Orchester I/Chor II/Orchester II) -Chor: Sind Blitze, sind Donner (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
3. Nr.34 Rezitativ: Und siehe, einer aus denen (Evangelist/Jesus)
4. Nr.35 Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross (Chor I II/Orchester I II/Ripieno)
5. Nr.36 Ach, nun ist mein Jesus hin (Alt/Chor I) mit Chor: Wo ist denn dein Freund (Chor II/Orchester II)
6. Nr.37 Rezitativ: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten (Evangelist)
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Disc: 3
1. Nr.59 Rezitativ: Sie schrieen aber noch mehr (Evangelist/Pilatus) Chor: LaB ihn kreuzigen! (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
2. Nr.60 Rezitativ: Erbarm' es Gott! (Alt/Orchester II)
3. Nr.61 Arie: Können Tränen meiner Wangen (Alt/Orchester II)
4. Nr.62 Rezitativ: Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte (Evangelist) mit Chor: Gegrüsset seist du (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
5. Nr.63 Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
6. Nr.64 Rezitativ: Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten (Evangelist)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
With a stellar cast and very fine EMI recording, this is a unique version of the St. Matthew Passion, one enjoyed above all others by its devotees , and it has held its place in the catalogue pretty well since it was first issued. In its own terms it is unparalleled, and yet ... and yet ..... I can't just dismiss the best of the 'authentic' versions with smaller forces and a leaner approach, generally faster tempos and clearer internal balance. In the end of the day, I find John Eliot Gardiner's version, for example, as moving as this, as well sung and, because it is more varied and more dramatic (though not more spiritual, but not less either), a more approachable version. I find Klemperer is a bit of an effort, to be honest, and not for doctrinaire reasons but because some of the arias really do go for a long time and there is less variety in tempi and sonorities than in the Gardiner version. So I would withdraw a single star because, for me, there are versions which it is easier to live with, but for occasional hearings, this remains required listening for all admirers of this extraordinary work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer on 17 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD
This fifty year old recording has so much to admire and so much which exasperates. Its qualities sometimes flip over into being its defects. In judging it here, I am not interested in whether it lives up to the ideals of modern 'historically informed' performances. I am interested in judging it as effective music-making in its own right, and whether it presents the drama and emotion of Bach's magnificent achievement in a manner that is interesting and convincing.

Klemperer made this recording before the modern tendency towards increasing speeds led to a mania for dashing which too often trivialises and undermines the music. Trivialising the music is precisely what Klemperer does not do. His slow speeds allow the music to breathe, and allow everything that is in the music to be revealed. He takes the whole thing extremely seriously, and this is a virtue, because the St Matthew Passion is a deeply serious work, not something to be skipped and danced through. Sometimes, however, this virtue is taken too far, and whilst in general Klemperer maintains, even at slow speeds, a definite forward-moving momentum, there are certain things about the performance which are impossibly ponderous. Ponderous not because of slowness, but because of a failure of momentum, or because of stodgy articulation. Especially painful are the sleepy continuo bass and plodding harpsichord. The final chorus of Part 1 must have been recorded on a bad day, because everyone seems to be heavily sedated, directionless, uncertain: it sags terribly.

Where things are not hopelessly ponderous, Klemperer is magnificent. The opening and final choruses have all the grandeur and seriousness inherent in the music, fully realised.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Waite on 9 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've known this recording for many years and listening to it again recently provokes this review. It's a part of my life and for me has become beyond criticism. The speeds are slow, sometimes very slow, but always to my ear in order to savour, dwell on and feel in a deep way the extraordinary music that this piece represents. Magnificent singers, a unique and uniquely talented conductor fortunately recorded just in time and very beautifully in stereo. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HectorK on 14 Sep 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I grew up with this recording, I still remember my father playing it on LP on Good Fridays (though an atheist family, we observed custom!) and pointing out the differences between the soprano and alto registers to a four- or five-year-old me. Of course, since then there have been other landmark versions with the smaller orchestras and choirs and faster tempi dictated by the 'period music' cabal (a previous reviewer's comments on them being the politically correct musical police de nos jours certainly made me smile!). To my mind the revelation was not so much Gardiner but the Harnoncourt rendition, where the smaller choir is so agile and the central performers (Bernarda Fink coming as close to Ludwig as it's possible to hope; Matthias Goerne out-Fischer-Dieskaus Fischer-Dieskau; and Christophe Prégardien manages the unthinkable in equalling Pears) are nearly faultless. And yet when I played it to my (by now septuagenarian) father, he complained of the rhythms, he found the choir 'muffled' and finally went 'no-one can outdo Klemperer!'...

Well no, they can. But this should never mean that this majestic, expansive, deeply moving recording should be forgotten or denigrated. I read somewhere recently that Otto K. was 'a great conductor despite his unforgivable Bach' - well, aesthetic patricide is probably de rigeur in all of the arts, but surely one could take a deep breath and pause before saying that the ultimate 'Erbarme dich' as sung here by Christa Ludwig, and for which Klemperer and his ponderous time-signature must surely be given some credit too, is 'unforgivable'! I would say the same for the closing and, especially, the opening Chorale, where again I could totally understand young (well, not so young anymore...) Turks thinking 'get on with it, already!
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