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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Amsterdam 2012) (Iván Fischer, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey) (Arthaus: 101676) [DVD] [NTSC] [2013]

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  • Actors: Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey, Maria Espada, Ingeborg Danz, Renate Arends
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Mar. 2013
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5UBEEA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,637 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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LIVE RECORDING FROM THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW
AMSTERDAM, 2012

Tenor Evangelist MARK PADMORE
Bass Christ PETER HARVEY
Soprano MARIA ESPADA
Mezzo Soprano /Alto INGEBORG DANZ
Soprano RENATE ARENDS
Mezzo Soprano /Alto BARBARA KOZELJ
Tenor PETER GIJSBERTSEN
Bass HENK NEVEN

ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA AMSTERDAM
NETHERLANDS RADIO CHOIR & NATIONAL CHILDRENS CHOIR

Conductor IVÁN FISCHER
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, DD 5.0 (DVD), PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master
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
Region Code: 0 (DVD)

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This is a fine performance, well sung and directed. One should not be deterred by the fact that period instruments are not used by the orchestra in general. A viola da gamba is used where appropriate.
Perhaps some people would prefer the bass parts to be sung by a bass rather than a baritone, but that said, the interpretation is good. The booklet could well have more detail on the performers. I would have found that more interesting than who created the make-up for instance.
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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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Just as good as I expected it to be: I was present at the performance in Amsterdam.
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I M VERY SATISFIED BY THIS PRODUCT WHO ARE OF GOOD QUALITY
I M VERY HAPPY TO FIND IT
THANKS FOR YOUR
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly remarkable ! 4 May 2014
By J.Ch. Lambelet - Published on Amazon.com
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The musical execution is very good in itself, but what is really remarkable here is the filming, the close-ups, the camera movements, etc. As a result you truly LIVE the passion as it unfolds ! The close-ups of the soloists bring the story very much alive.

About the musical execution, I have two (small) regrets :

(1) the various parts follow each other too closely ; in my view, there should be some "breathing intervals", as was the case in the first version I ever heard (Hermann Scherchen's) eons ago as a kid, a version which must have been some twenty minutes longer, although this was also due to some very very slow tempi.

(2) I persist in thinking that the harpsichord and its pearly sound is a better instrument to accompany the evangelist than the organ. This was the case in the older executions I listened to some 50 years ago.

A small note : in my opinion the best evangelist ever was Hughes Cuénod. Does anyone concur ?

PS. Sorry for the poor English : my mother tongue is French (or Swiss French).
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthäus Passion/Fischer=Super Performance 25 Sept. 2013
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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
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