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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion - St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig

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Product Description

The renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, which boasts J. S. Bach as a former cantor, celebrates its 800th anniversary with an extraordinary interpretation of the St. Matthew Passion. The Guardian praised how the harmonic lines interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating and working together. This Accentus Music production is the only audio-visual release of Bachs St. Matthew Passion, performed by the choir for which it was written, in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where the composer worked and is buried.

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Conductors who wish to become adept in performing the later sacred works of Bach would do well to study this video, as the manner in which Georg Christoph Biller deals with accompanied recitative is about as practical as it gets. --John Guarente, Choral Journal

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  • Actors: Stefan Kahle, Wolfram Lattke, St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig, Klaus Mertens, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008P76XWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alan M. Shearer on January 20, 2013
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The St. Mathew Passion by J.S. Bach could easily rank as one of the most awesome works of music ever written--2 hours and 40 minutes of great music by not 1 but 2 orchestras and chorus creating quite a spectacle.
The new BluRay DVD by the St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig, an 800 year old institution that Bach himself graduated from, is both daring and eloquent and yet very true to the style of the period.
One bold departure from the traditional voicing of the work is the performance of Stefan Kahle, a male alto singing a part traditionally sung by a woman. A highly disciplined performer, Kahle renders every solo with an eloquence and beauty I have never heard in any previous performances. This is especially true in the exquisite duo for violin and alto: Erbarme dich, mein gott. Backed by a superb violinist, this aria is breathtaking. I highly recommend this.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Sipos on November 23, 2012
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In all fairness, I need to correct the earlier review. This is NOT the only recording on blu-ray. I already own the Peter Sellers production from Berlin, conducted by Simon Rattle. And no - you don't have to pay $333. Just shop around with some other internet retailers like Presto Classical. It's available in both DVD and Blu-Ray, just make sure to order the NTSC version (not PAL). I don't want to take attention away from this Leipzig Recording , which is probably also great (in fact, I ordered a copy for myself) - but it's NOT the only option on blu-ray. And the Sellers/Rattle production is a real gem in its own right - very innovative and moving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Suetterlin on September 7, 2014
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Hearing this performance on YouTube encouraged me to search for the DVD. I have both the St. Matthew, and the B Minor Mass by the Thomanerchor, as well as the documentary DVD on the choir. After watching the documentary, I listened to this performance and better understood how Maestro Biller and his colleagues work with the boys/ young men to achieve the precise and exciting reading of Bach's music. The Thomanerchor's sound is, of course, different in character from the English and American choirs, but that does not detract at all from the wonderful sound. I realize that in most cases, I'm biased toward the boy choir sound, but that's my principal preference. There is a lightness and a dancing quality to these performances that is not easily duplicated by adult singers.....and I readily acknowledge that other choirs may perform this music just as well. However the large-group massed adult sound doesn't always do justice to either Handel, Haydn or Bach. I look forward to future recordings from Liepzig. Thanks so much.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2012
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This is THE only blu-ray of St. Matthew Passion in the U.S. market. So I took a chance to purchase without waiting for its review on major music magazines such as BBC Music or Gramophone. The image is sharp of course. But it is also well played and sung without making a fuss of comparing it to the die hard reference audio recordings such as Richter, etc., I have those. But life moves on that I need new experience in sight and sound if the performances are still strong enough.

That said, I enjoy this blu-ray expecting repeated watching and listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwesterner on December 25, 2013
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Outstanding performances by all participants. Outstanding direction, photography, choreography. Great Blu ray picture and sound. Can't say enough good things. Purchase and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Plambeck on July 5, 2014
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Quite a rewarding musical performance. . All male soloists and choir makes makes this a very historical prentation.. The intonation of the "Boy" performers is quite special and shows hours of oreparation..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Strube on July 22, 2014
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This is a very good recording. This can only be beaten by attending of a live concert of the choir in the Thomas-church in Leipzig.
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This disc combines technical excellence of recording with quality of performance and interpretation. The DTS HD sound is expemplary - balance of choir and orchestra is spot on and soloists well placed in the soundstage.

The soloists are all excellent - including the alto Kahle who is a revelation.

I was left with the impression that Biller, choir and orchestra are serving the music and in so doing the performance becomes larger and deeper than merely a well rehearsed set of musicians running through a work. Their approach adds another dimension to the music, perhaps one that an agnostic like myself might call spiritual, larger than the sum of it's parts.

I think Bach would have been overjoyed to witness this performance. Well worth the ticket price and heartily recommended.
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