Top positive review
on 27 April 2017
I bought this having read a brilliant book East West Street. It describes a lawyer, Lauterpacht, who escaped before the war from his home in Lvov (then Poland, now Ukraine) and listened to the Passion while working in Cambridge on the offence of Crimes against Humanity which he helped bring forward at the Nuremberg trials. Likewise, one of the Nuremberg defendants, Hans Frank, (hanged) listened to the Passion while working as Gauleiter of Poland, orchestrating the deaths of thousands, if not millions, including, unbeknownst to Lauterpacht at the time, most of his family. And, in all probability, my grandfather’s who lived nearby.
Curiosity led me to spend three hours of Good Friday listening through my excellent headphones, following it word by word. A quite beautiful experience.
Gardiner's version is the only one I have heard - having studied reviews of most others - so I can't say how I would feel about say Klemperer's reportedly slower pace. But I found this pace comfortable, and the singing (soloists and choruses) and orchestra quite sublime.