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Seven Last Words (Matt, Labitzke, Wunderer) [CD]

Joseph Haydn Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B000063W9V
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Harnoncourt or Matt? 10 Sep 2011
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Reading a decidedly lukewarm review of the Harnoncourt recording of this favourite Haydn masterpiece by a reviewer whose opinions I often read and respect sent me back to it for another listen as I had always enjoyed it very much and was rather surprised by his objections.

In the end it is a question of one's taste and response to the scale and overt emotionality of Harnoncourt's interpretation. The reviewer's preferred version is this one by Nicol Matt, available cheaply on Brilliant, and is on the face of it similar in that it uses the oratorio version with four soloists, a choir and an orchestra. I enjoy this wonderfully profound music in any of its incarnations, from the solo keyboard arrangement, through string quartet, to full orchestra, to the one we have here and they all enjoyed Haydn's approval.

There is no doubt that Harnoncourt sets out to give us an unabashedly "Romantic" account, leaning heavily on accents and emphasising the suffering behind the text whereas the Stemra disc with Matt conducting is a much more restrained, some would say refined, and redolent of a smaller-scale enterprise with a more intimate acoustic and a somewhat more claustrophobic atmosphere. While Matt's soloists may be "unknowns" they are very good, even if the bass is rather growly compared with Robert Holl's more rotund tones for Harnoncourt and Anthony Rolfe-Johnson's plaintive and intrinsically lovely tenor is clearly a superior instrument to Matt's pleasing but more ordinary singer; his use of the messa di voce is especially moving. While the Nordic Chamber Choir is indeed fine, the Arnold Schoenberg Chamber Choir is a world-class outfit. Both orchestras are admirable.
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