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A great performance,
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This review is from: J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion (Audio CD)
I grew up on Harnoncourt's 1971 recording which was a refreshing change from the grossly ponderous Klemperer performance that is still touted today (surely more for its soloists than anything else). I learned to enjoy the quirks of that Harnoncourt recording and have long tried without success to obtain a CD to replace the old LPs. However, having purchased this 2000 version I am now entirely satisfied: the earlier quirks are gone but the overall performance retains Harnoncourt's unique combination of lightness, transparency and devotional intensity. I've stopped searching.