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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Amsterdam 2012) (IvŠn Fischer, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey) (Arthaus: 108075) [Blu-ray] [2013]

Mark Padmore , Peter Harvey    Exempt   Blu-ray
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Amsterdam 2012) (IvŠn Fischer, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey) (Arthaus: 108075) [Blu-ray] [2013] + Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulman] [C Major: 712704] [Blu-ray] [2013]
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  • Actors: Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey, Maria Espada, Ingeborg Danz, Renate Arends
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,763 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description


Tenor Evangelist MARK PADMORE
Mezzo Soprano /Alto INGEBORG DANZ
Mezzo Soprano /Alto BARBARA KOZELJ


This 2012 recording of the most influential and wide spread oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach features the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer, a visionary in his field, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. The double choir is the essential musical aspect on which Iván Fischers interpretation of Bachs St. Matthew Passion is based. Only by consistently seizing on that duality will all the complementary layers stand out as they should. He describes this essential fundamental aspect as follows: You cant do the St. Matthew in an unreligious way. The only approach is from a deep, universally religious feeling.

The internationally renowned tenor Mark Padmore is brilliant as the Evangelist, Peter Harvey gives a moving interpretation of Christ. Together with Ingeborg Danz, Renate Arends, Maria Espada, Barbara Kozelj, Peter Gijsbertsen and Henk Neven and the Netherlands Radio Choir they carry the audience through an affecting performance of this masterwork.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master, Audio 5.0 (Blu-ray)
Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD
Format: 2 x DVD 9 / NTSC, 50 GB (Dual Layer)
Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, JP
Running Time: 174 mins
FSK: 0

Product Description

ARTH 108075; ARTHAUS MUSIK - Germania; Classica vocale Sacra Messe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Best ever 6 Jun 2014
By mizee
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This is a truly wonderful recording of this piece of music. Having witnessed Mark Padmore singing this work live in Birmingham with CBSO I would say this recording matches that performance. Mark Padmore never fails to deliver and I can say listening to this DVD and following it with my score made my Good Friday experience one to remember.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive St Matthew 25 Oct 2012
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Just as the Harnoncourt St John Passion with the Tölzer Boys Choir is the definitive Bach St John Passion on DVD to date, so this must surely be the definitive St Matthew on DVD. Biller and the Thomanerchor show us why Bach was the unsurpassable genius he was. This is a truly moving performance. One's only regret is that Biller, unlike Harnoncourt, couldn't trust that he had a boy singer capable of performing the soprano arias. His recordings of the cantatas suggest that here he was mistaken. Otherwise all the soloists are amazing - the evangelist and the alto soloist particularly are truly moving in both the skill of their singing and the emotional power of their interpretation. One hopes Bach had such talent to interpret his work - what an experience it must have been for the St Thomas congregation! Thanks to Biller's musicianship and his profound dedication to the task of being a worthy successor of the great Thomaskantor we can sense a good deal of that. Buy this DVD and be moved.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice recording of a great Passion 17 Oct 2012
By jrgc
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I really like this great Passion and I do not abhor barroque music played on modern instruments, so I'm enjoying this blu-ray a lot.

The boys choir (the Thomanerchor Leipzig) is not perfect technically speaking (I think few boys choirs are perfect), but this choir has some kind of magic for me and I can't forget that J.S.Bach was its Kantor when he wrote this great Passion (and probably this Passion was first performed in the church where this recording has been made, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig).

The vocal soloists are really nice, specially the wonderful bass-baritone Klaus Mertens (who did an incredible work recording the complete Bach Cantatas with Ton Koopman), singing here as Jesus. The countertenor (Stefan Kahle) does a great work too. He's very young and I think he has a great potential.

The conductor is Georg Christoph Biller (who is the Thomaskantor at present). I think he does a nice work, though some tempi are too fast for me.

Both audio and video are superb.

Please excuse my English, English is not my mother tongue.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY SATISFIED 14 Sep 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performance from Leipzig 21 Jan 2013
By Alan M. Shearer - Published on
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The St. Mathew Passion by J.S. Bach could easily rank as one of the most awesome works of music ever written--2 hours and 40 minutes of great music by not 1 but 2 orchestras and chorus creating quite a spectacle.
The new BluRay DVD by the St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig, an 800 year old institution that Bach himself graduated from, is both daring and eloquent and yet very true to the style of the period.
One bold departure from the traditional voicing of the work is the performance of Stefan Kahle, a male alto singing a part traditionally sung by a woman. A highly disciplined performer, Kahle renders every solo with an eloquence and beauty I have never heard in any previous performances. This is especially true in the exquisite duo for violin and alto: Erbarme dich, mein gott. Backed by a superb violinist, this aria is breathtaking. I highly recommend this.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the only one 23 Nov 2012
By Peter T. Sipos - Published on
In all fairness, I need to correct the earlier review. This is NOT the only recording on blu-ray. I already own the Peter Sellers production from Berlin, conducted by Simon Rattle. And no - you don't have to pay $333. Just shop around with some other internet retailers like Presto Classical. It's available in both DVD and Blu-Ray, just make sure to order the NTSC version (not PAL). I don't want to take attention away from this Leipzig Recording , which is probably also great (in fact, I ordered a copy for myself) - but it's NOT the only option on blu-ray. And the Sellers/Rattle production is a real gem in its own right - very innovative and moving.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St Matthew Passion 16 Oct 2012
By Mr. Michael Wang - Published on
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This is THE only blu-ray of St. Matthew Passion in the U.S. market. So I took a chance to purchase without waiting for its review on major music magazines such as BBC Music or Gramophone. The image is sharp of course. But it is also well played and sung without making a fuss of comparing it to the die hard reference audio recordings such as Richter, etc., I have those. But life moves on that I need new experience in sight and sound if the performances are still strong enough.

That said, I enjoy this blu-ray expecting repeated watching and listening.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthäus Passion/Fischer=Super Performance 25 Sep 2013
By H.C. - Published on
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A beautiful, sensitive, reverent performance. Fischer allows Bach to speak with no unnecessary flourishes. Padmore as the Evangelist is superb, and the other soloists and choirs are near perfect. And of course the Concertgebouw orchestral musicians are absolutely first class. The best Matthäus Passion I've heard. HP
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 26 Dec 2013
By Midwesterner - Published on
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Outstanding performances by all participants. Outstanding direction, photography, choreography. Great Blu ray picture and sound. Can't say enough good things. Purchase and enjoy!
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