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St Matthew's Passion

J.S. Bach Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Haenssler Classics
  • ASIN: B0000365NE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. St. Matthew Passion: No. 1 - Chorus: Kommt, ihr Tochter, helft mir klagen
2. St. Matthew Passion: No. 2 - Evangelista, Jesus: Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte
3. St. Matthew Passion: No. 3 - Choral: Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
4. St. Matthew Passion: No. 4 - Evangelista, Chori, Chorus I, Jesus: Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester
5. St. Matthew Passion: No. 5 - Recitativo: Du lieber Heiland du
6. St. Matthew Passion: No. 6 - Aria: Buss und Reu
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. St. Matthew Passion: No. 30 - Aria (+ Chor): Ach! nun ist mein Jesus hin!
2. St. Matthew Passion: No. 31 - Evangelista: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten
3. St. Matthew Passion: No. 32 - Choral: Mir hat die Welt truglich gericht'
4. St. Matthew Passion: No. 33 - Evangelista, Testis I, II, Pontifex: Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten
5. St. Matthew Passion: No. 34 - Recitativo: Mein Jesus schweigt
6. St. Matthew Passion: No. 35 - Aria: Geduld!
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Disc: 3
1. St. Matthew Passion: No. 55 - Evangelista: Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten
2. St. Matthew Passion: No. 56 - Recitativo: Ja freilich will in uns das Fleisch und Blut
3. St. Matthew Passion: No. 57 - Aria: Komm, suesses Kreuz
4. St. Matthew Passion: No. 58 - Evangelista, Choria: Und da sie an die Statte kamen
5. St. Matthew Passion: No. 59 - Recitativo: Ach Golgatha, unselges Golgatha!
6. St. Matthew Passion: No. 60 - Aria (+ Chor): Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Satisfying November 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is clearly the best interpretation of Bach's piece yet. It more sensitively conducted than the wooden Gardiner recording. The two choruses and two orchestra are skillfully balanced. They play on modern instruments in period style-- that is some amazing skill. The mostly German-speaking Chorus and soloists sing with fluent diction. Professor Helmuth Rilling chooses his tempos wisely and the Evangelist recites his recitativos strongly and with a depth of drama. Whereas Gardiner's edition starts out strong but loses steam, Rilling's edition starts out strong from the very first note to the last. This is a very thorough recording and the scholarship and musicianship of the Concductor and the Ensembles make this evident.
The Soloists are superb. The Evangelist (as I've said) is very dramatic, but the highlight of the recording, I believe, is the alto, Ingelborg Danz, a student of the great Dame Joan Sutherland. In this recording, Danz's rendition of such arias like "Buss und Reu" and "Ebarme Dich" set new standards.
This recording (VOL 50 of the Edition Bach Akademie) is also offered at a fraction of the price of the other stuffy period-instrument recordings (with lesser sound quality) currently offered. It is indeed the best kept secret in the field, and it is indeed a wonder why it hasn't recieved the attention it deserves for it's performers' care and superior musicianship in this recording.
I have much praise for this recording. FIVE STARS.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Bach's St. Matthew Passion is the greatest musical piece ever written and this is the greatest version of that piece. Bach and Rilling take you on a journey that travels through all 12 keys, and you feel you have arrived somewhere--changed--at the end.

Long ago, I helped write a book called Composing Music: A New Approach, and as it was about to go to press, the publisher called to say that they had spilled coffee on most of the examples (which they called the artwork, since they were all handwritten). So I went to the library and got Bach's St. Matthew Passion and played it over and over again while I was copying the music (once in awhile I would play the St. John Passion too). I would stop to meditate twice a day, and my head would be filled with tremendous light, which I attributed to the influence of this piece.

I tried to find that version of the Passion, since so many versions wreck either the tremendous ending or the recurring chorales. I bought several versions and returned them. (I kept a few.) The one I had heard when I was copying was no longer availalbe, though I did find a cassette of it years later and it wasn't quite as good as I remembered. But the Rilling (Bach-Collegium Stuttgart/Hanssler edition) is the only version I listen to. It is tremendous--the singers, the tempo, the orchestra, the recording itself.

It is interesting that composer Felix Mendelssohn discovered and presented the forgotten 1727-1736 piece in the 1800s, and helped the modern world discover Bach's works in general a hundred years after Bach wrote them, but I discovered the Passion even later, when I was in college.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed style with wonderful solo work March 23, 2005
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Helmuth Rilling lives up to his reputation as a centrist Bach stylist in this recording of the monumental "St. Matthew Passion". With his typical partners, the Stuttgart Bach Collegium and Gachinger Cantorei and soloists Ingeborg Danz, Matthias Goerne, Christiane Oelze, Thomas Quasthoff and Michael Schade, Rilling delivers a performance of the religious opera that contains elements of both the romantic legend and period performance practice style now the rage in Bach performance.

Even more than normal, Rilling remorselessly drills his choir to razor sharp singing, with perfect entries and closure at every chorus. The soloists -- notably Shade as the Evangelist and Goerne as Jesus -- sing with dramatic approach to the crucifixion story. The orchestral work is similarly well done with an occasional sour woodwind or blurry cello getting in the way of a singer.

Goerne is more traditional in his role while Schade is dramatic at every turn. Soloists Danz, Oelze and Quastoff are all magnificent in their respective arias, with the younger Quastoff turning in more committed work than in his recent CD of Bach's baritone cantatas on DG.

This is a good CD and powerful reading of the story about Christ's betrayal, conviction, aboslution, demise and resurrection. Compared to other performances of the music I've heard, it straddles the fence between the perdiod performers and traditional "modest maestros", as the American Record Guide overview called the older Bach specialists that subjugated their egos to the demands of the music.

I generally like the performance and found some discomfort in Rilling's period moments.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise April 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Excellent soloists, overall first rate conducting and performance--lithe, unforced, and supple, it really breathes. Sound quality is as natural and full as I've ever heard on CD. This is a gentler and lighter performance--no bombast even with the choruses--yet one never feels anything's missing. Every moment sounds gorgeous. Of all the recordings of this work I've ever heard this conveys the emotions of the story best--one easily follows along as if it were a great novel or film. This feels exactly like the approach one should take to the Passion, in any medium. Surprising even to myself, I think this would be my first recommendation to anyone looking for a recording of this piece. The price makes this even more attractive. I sort of stumbled across a copy of this dirt cheap, bought it on a whim, and I'm thankful that I did.

[Since writing this the price has almost doubled. I hope my favorable review didn't cause that!]
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5.0 out of 5 stars i am very pleased with my recording of st matthew passion
i am very pleased with my recording of st matthew passion. It arrived soon after i ordered it. it was in very good condition, and has given me much pleasure.
Published 1 month ago by john kustermann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Choralist's Perspective
The first movement needs to be heard full volume to appreciate not only the complexity of the composition, but also to hear the masterful way Rilling brings to bear orchestra and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey D Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars ST. MATTHEW PASSION
Published 21 months ago by Becky Pickle
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Musicmaking
I've been a Helmut Rilling fan for some time and this recording does not disappoint. The soloists are first rate as are the chorus & orchestra. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by dlmarch
1.0 out of 5 stars Many tracks end prematurely, mislabeled tracks, otherwise a wonderful...
MP3 album: Its a pity that this record was ruined by the mislabelling and prematurely ending of many of the tracks!
Appears to be a great performance/recording otherwise. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by engerim
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, faulty MP3 formatting
Echoing the listener from GA, the MP3 track downloads aren't formatted properly, so often a selection ends prematurely! Very annoying interruption to lovely music. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by A. Subrahmanyan
4.0 out of 5 stars Issue with MP3 download
Beware that almost all tracks skip to the next song about 2 seconds prior to the end of music which can be very annoying...otherwise the music is great.
Published on January 29, 2012 by Chimigi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!
This really is a fantastic subtle approach to Bach's St. Matthew Passion and, which is undoubtedly one of his greatest works. The best desription for the work is musical accuracy. Read more
Published on April 19, 2009 by J. M. Barclay
2.0 out of 5 stars Mislabeled tracks
No complaint about the performance, but most of the tracks are mislabeled, and I had to ask for a refund.
Published on January 15, 2009 by markdark
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best recording of St. Matthew Passion there is
Simply the best recording of St. Matthew Passion there is. Perfect balance of clarity, virtuosity and drama.
Published on August 29, 2008 by Liss
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