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5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy any other recording when you can have this one?, 12 Jan. 2000
This review is from: Bach : St Matthew Passion (Audio CD)
Anyone who has the pleasure of listening to this recording will agree with me that it is trully superb. Gardiner has produced a virtually perfect performance, probably more remarkable than Bach himself would ever have heard. The poor man would have found it hard to come across such wonderful set of soloists to work for him. If like me you prefer traditional Baroque 'wobble' free voices, then this is the perfect recording. Ann Monoyios is at her very best, but please look out for the mache dich, and erbaume dich arias. You won't find better throughout the history of music. Wonderfully performed by the soloists on this CD. Please don't even consider any other recording, because this is the one you just have to have. If you are worried about the price, don't, because believe me you won't regret it. I know I sound like I'm trying to sell you the thing, but if everyone had heard this recording, the world would be a better place.
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2009 17:36:08 BDT
Chris J says:
This is indeed a superb recording - the idea that it is slick and lacks humility would never occur to me - I don't believe it. But I can't agree that listeners should not consider any other recording. So great a work has many interpretations, and there are many available to be sampled: even just to gain better appreciation of how good this one is.

As a comparison, I have five different versions of Beethoven's symphonies, and each one helps me to understand the other better, yet I still have my chosen performance among them.

Posted on 15 Apr 2014 20:40:18 BDT
Have just heard this recording for the first time, on BBC Radio 4's Something Understood. Wonderful, and yes, none of that horrid vibrato vocal stylization, instead just "pure" voices.
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