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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh old vintage
Jacobs' and the Berliners' new Mätthaus-Passion is really something new and extraordinary. It is based on the thinking (and studies) of not just two choirs and orchestras but two organs and definitive placement of the performers, i.e. according to the layout of the old Thomaskirche of Leipzig. There are many interesting solutions related to singing, playing etc. but...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The harsh acoustics spoilt the beauty of the composition.
I found the instrumental accompaniment harsh and felt it detracted from the beauty of the voices. I am aware that it is creating a performance more in its original style, but for my modern hearing , a more gentle accompaniment would be more in tune with the subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh old vintage, 3 Dec 2013
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Jacobs' and the Berliners' new Mätthaus-Passion is really something new and extraordinary. It is based on the thinking (and studies) of not just two choirs and orchestras but two organs and definitive placement of the performers, i.e. according to the layout of the old Thomaskirche of Leipzig. There are many interesting solutions related to singing, playing etc. but what is most personal in this production is just the aim to recover the performative situation of the 18th century Leipzig, the 'mis-en-scene' of the two choirs performing opposite each other (church-goers sitting between them). Impossible aim sonically? Well, listen to the discs and be amazed. The modern studio sounds really like an old church. What one needs to think is the state of one's sound system. I've listened to these discs with couple of systems and have to say that 'low-hifi' is not for this production; because of the deliberate three dimensional 'church sound stage' of the discs there is a constant threat of hollowness in low-hifi. So, it's more than convenient that the discs are SACD-DSD. There are also studio master streams up to at least 24/96 available in the markets. Listen and be moved!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach: St Matthew Passion, Rene Jacobs, 3 Dec 2013
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The Matthew Passion of J.S.Bach of Rene Jacobs is fantastic. It has a complete new vieuw on Metthew Passions. As Rene Jacobs states: "this is as much close to the Bach's performance as we know". The separation of the two choires into a bigger and a smaller is really strange, but beautiful. The number of soloists is increased and their performance is amazing. I love it and would recommend it to anyone who is a lover of Passions. (This is my number 19)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 13 Feb 2014
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Dr. Bernardo Pinto Almeida (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Not beeing a specialist in music, I think that this major work by the greatest of geniuses has found in this new approach a reference quality. A wonderful edition by a wonderful set of great musicians that I would offer to every friend.
Thank you Mr. Jacobs. Once again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars St Matthew Passion, 6 Jun 2014
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D. G. Marshall (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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A very good recording, with quite a few of my personal favorite choral pieces well sung.
I was impressed by this offering from Amazon as I had not realized that it qualified for the free Mp3 download of the work - Nice!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The harsh acoustics spoilt the beauty of the composition., 29 April 2014
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I found the instrumental accompaniment harsh and felt it detracted from the beauty of the voices. I am aware that it is creating a performance more in its original style, but for my modern hearing , a more gentle accompaniment would be more in tune with the subject.
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