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4.6 out of 5 stars
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Bach : St Matthew Passion
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Price:£24.29+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime


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.
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on 19 April 2016
Owning a few other recordings of St Matthew Passion, my main reason for buying this one, is the singing of Anthony Rolfe Johnson as Evangelist. How brilliant he was! Each time I hear a recording with him singing, I cannot but conclude that he was, if not the outstanding tenor of the twentieth century, then at least in the top three. He shows up very well in the beautiful interpretation of the music by sir John Eliot Gardiner. It is one of the most beautiful interpretations of Bach's music that I know, and the singing of Rolfe Johnson makes it my favourite.
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on 15 January 2016
Do note that this bargain offer comes with no booklet, no libretto (is that the right word for an oratorio?), and no detail whatsoever. The three CDs are numbered 5,6 and 7, so they are extracted from either a Bach collection, or a Deutsche Grammophon collection. But still a bargain, and a beautiful recording.
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on 8 October 2015
Bought by mistake. Was going to add to library and hit wrong button. However it is a majestic piece of music and am happy to have a digital download as well as CD version.
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on 16 June 2017
Wonderful classical music, very moving and emotional.
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on 11 June 2017
Great performance of this fine music using appropriate instruments and singing styles
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on 26 April 2017
oh1 the music; the music .and the service was great too.
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on 8 December 2013
One of the best recordings on the market
Great stylish singing and playing !
Good we'll conducted tempi that don't drag!
Bravi Tutti
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on 30 July 2017
Good service. Recommended
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on 17 April 2012
A really excellent recording with both finesse and power where needed. I am a longstanding lover of this piece and have seen it live many times. This recording is full of drama and integrity.
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