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Bach - St. Matthew Passion (DVD Audio)

Bach , Pregardien , Henschel , Cmw , Harnoncourt DVD Audio
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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  • DVD Audio (January 1, 2010)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000059ZHH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful edition May 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This recording of Bach's great St. Matthew Passion is excellent in many ways. Nikolaus Harnoncourt delivers yet another brilliant as-authentic-as-it-gets Bach rendition with the orchestra that he feels the most comfortable with, the Concentus Musicus. The Arnold Schoenberg choir is another favorite of his, and it shows in this recording. Orchestra, soloists and choir become one great musical unit, with each of them shining in their own way. Teldec has done some phantastic things since the dawning of Quicktime and enhanced CD technology, and this edition is no exception: CD #3 is an anhanced CD that you can play on your computer, and it will show you the historic full autograph score of the piece page by page as the music goes along. Fantastic! The whole album is crafted like a little book, with the CD sleeves integrated, a style that Teldec is now also using for their opera recordings, and it is indeed very convenient to have libretto/liner-notes and CD storage in this compact book format. The liner notes are very informative and extremely tastefully illustrated. A great piece alltogether! For fans of comparative listening excercises in classical music I also recommend the recording of the St.Matthew passion by Philip Herrewhege
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completly satisfied with this July 12, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This one is a highly prised version (Grammy winner and classical magazine Grammophone winner as best baroque vocal for year 2001 records and also worth mention is that this disc is the most recommended version -EVER in that magazine) and it is easy too understand why when you listen to this fantastic disc.
Now we go to what I think of it...
A cast that has a better "line up" than this is hard to find because they are all among the best, especially from Germany/Austria as those people mostly come from, are high class singers -ALL of them.
Prégardien, Goerne, Christine Schäfer (very good on THIS one), Fink and Schade is at their best on this disc/version.
Music is SOMETIMES fast but I like it that way and it is NOT so "rushed" as some rewievers complains about in MY opinion...
It is def NOT fast/rushed at all more in that way than it depends on if you like slow interprets or to have it a bit quicker. This is def. NOT "rushed" but I can asure you that those times it is "rushed" it is good for the drama (yes it is also "slow" SOMETIMES as a drama effect)
I think Amazons review is QUITE good BUT about that so called some "sloppy engeering" at the last disc I MIGHT MAYBY hear that a LITTLE one or two times on the last disc but it is not anything worth complaining about -in my opinion- so I dont know if there is something wrong with that specific record the reviwer (and some others) own but mine is alright in that way and it is no interups att all worth mention.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The present recording seems to focus from beginning to end on the suffering of christ and the great sacrifice he made for mankinf when he died on the cross. Eventhough I am not a religious person, the power of this performance is self-evident. At many points the listener is forced to consider these things, and as a result one is left completely bare before oneself. I fail to understand how Harnoncourt is able tp do this. There are the usual pinters, of course, the excellent orchestra, the great choir and the refinement of their part. There is the unusual cast, with an evangelist that for once does not have a light and recitating voice, but borders on an baritone kind of timbre, the acoustics of the church where the recording was made, and so on. I submit though that most of all it is the intensity of Harnoncourts vision on music and what it should do, what it should invoke in an audience and how to achieve this that makes the difference here. The images of the cross are burned upon the mind as the story unfolds to the ultimate high of Christ`s sacrifice. It left me completely broken down at many points and wholly stunned at the end. I litterally could now move for several minutes at the end. Do not buy this set if you like easy listening or if you do not want to be confronted.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional February 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The potential listeners should not be discouraged by some of the reviews posted here. After all, this recording won Gramophone Award in 2001 for best vocal baroque recording. And to quote from the "Gramophone" review: "This is another major recording [...]shining like a beacon in a fairly uniform era of recorded vocal Bach. [...]In short, this is the most culturally alert reading in years. A truly original and illuminating experience [...]"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, Rough Around the Edges... I Like It! February 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
With the music of Bach, Harnoncourt is the conductor people will either love or hate. He was the first to record the complete Bach cantatas and, love him or hate him, his renditions are always different. I have not always been a fan of his work with Bach. I will love some of his recordings, and be compeltely repulsed by others. I find his renditions to be a bit "wooden," archaic, percussive, lacking in the elegance and "suave-ness" one gets from conductors like Ton Koopan, or Harnoncourt's own protogee Philippe Herreweghe.

Harnoncourt's recorded the St. Matthew Passion twice before. But I must say, this record, with all its idiosyncracies, is a pleasure to listen to. It is unpolished and imperfect, and indeed the forces seem unbalanced at times, but I think this is what adds to this recording's allure. The imperfections (not due to "mistakes" but due to some odd technique of the playing and odd artistic choices of Harnoncourt) are not jarring, but immensely interesting.

I wouldn't go as far as to say this is the best record. This record may have won many awards including a Grammy, but in my opinion, the award for the gold-standard of St. Matthew Passions goes to Philippe Herreweghe and his second recording of the Passion for Harmonia Mundi. I'm impressed with Harnoncourt's soloists. Pregardien is gripping as the Evangelist, although not as lithe as Ian Bostridge. I am thrilled at the presence of Dorothea Roeschmann on this recording, as she never fails to impress me. There is not one weak link in Harnoncourt's cast.

The orchestra and the choirs do not always balance evenly, and I feel Harnoncourt has misjudged how dramatic Bach's score could be.
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