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THE version to have if you're not fluent in German,
This review is from: Bach, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Audio CD)
Also the version to have if your like...passion...in your Passion. Frankly the "authentic" versions all leave me cold, however brilliant some of the singing and playing may be. Many - I am one - regard this as the greatest religious work ever composed. But since no-one else has mentioned it here, I will mention that there is a post-production flaw in this set. The start of Track 10 on CD2 has got tacked on to the end of Track 9. Put simply, the tracks have been separated in the wrong place. This might not matter too much if it weren't for the fact that Track 9 is the end of Part 1 and Track 10 is the start of Part 2. If you rip the set to enjoy on your iPod or other digital music player (as many do), chances are you'll create two playlists: One for Part 1 and one for Part 2. So when you settle down to enjoy Part 2 (or begin with Track 10 on CD2), you will miss the first 4 bars of the introduction. The music fades in from the second phrase, which is very odd. If you are deeply troubled by this, someone with a good audio editing suite will be able to sort it out for you. I have deducted one star for this reason only. A flaw is a flaw.