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Bach: Matthäus Passion [The Jonathan Miller BBC Production]

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Disc: 1

  1. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 1. Chorus with C
  2. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 2. Recitative. D
  3. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 3. Chorale. Herz
  4. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 4a. Recitative.
  5. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 5. Recitative. D
  6. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 6. Aria. Buß und
  7. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 7. Recitative. D
  8. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 8. Aria. Blute n
  9. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 9a. Recitative.
  10. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 10. Chorale. Ich
  11. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 11. Recitative.
  12. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 12. Recitative.
  13. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 13. Aria. Ich wi
  14. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 14. Recitative.
  15. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 15. Chorale. Erk
  16. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 16. Recitative.
  17. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 17. Chorale. Ich
  18. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 18. Recitative.
  19. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 19. Recitative.
  20. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 20. Aria. Ich wi
  21. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 21. Recitative.
  22. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 22. Recitative.
  23. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 23. Aria. Gerne
  24. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 24. Recitative.
  25. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 25. Chorale. Was
  26. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 26. Recitative.
  27. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. Recitative. Und als
  28. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 27a. Aria. So is
  29. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 28. Recitative.
  30. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 1. No. 29. Chorale. O M
  31. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 30. Aria. Ach! n
  32. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 31. Recitative.
  33. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 32. Chorale. Mir
  34. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 33. Recitative.
  35. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 34. Recitative.
  36. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 35. Aria. Geduld

Disc: 2

  1. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 36a. Recitative.
  2. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 37. Chorale. Wer
  3. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 38a. Recitative.
  4. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 39. Aria. Erbarm
  5. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 40. Chorale. Bin
  6. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 41a. Recitative.
  7. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 42. Aria. Gebt m
  8. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 43. Recitative.
  9. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 44. Chorale. Bef
  10. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 45a. Recitative.
  11. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 46. Chorale. Wie
  12. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 47. Recitative.
  13. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 49. Aria. Aus Li
  14. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 50a. Recitative.
  15. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 51. Erbarmes Got
  16. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 52. Aria. Können
  17. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 53a. Recitative.
  18. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 54. Chorale. O H
  19. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 55. Und da sie i
  20. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 56. Ja freilich
  21. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 57. Aria. Komm,
  22. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 59. Recitative.
  23. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 60. Aria. Sehet,
  24. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 61a. Recitative.
  25. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 62. Chorale. Wen
  26. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 63a. Recitative.
  27. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 63c. Recitative.
  28. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 64. Recitative.
  29. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 65. Aria. Mache
  30. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 66a. Recitative.
  31. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. No. 68. Chorus. Wir


Product Details

  • Performer: Richard Jackson, Stephen Varcoe, Jonathan Peter Kenny, Lynda Lee, James Johnstone, et al.
  • Conductor: Paul Goodwin
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cala Records
  • ASIN: B000003WFB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What Rene has achieved here is a very deeply felt, flowing and dramatic interpretation.

Technical Specifications:
Recorded Edited and mixed with Merging Technologies Horus and Pyramix
Recorded at 96kHz/24 bit with 32 microphones connected to Horus
Recording Venue: Teldex Studios, Berlin
Recording Dates: August and September 2012

Recording
When I first got this SACD set, I first looked at the recording venue used. When I saw it was the Teldex studio Berlin, I thought "oh no, why didn't they use a church?!". However, my disappointment quickly evaporated as I listened to the first few minutes and discovered the most gorgeous MULTI-CHANNEL sound of the St. Matthew Passion yet recorded. The sound is detailed, warm and spacious at the same time with a nice reverberation time of about 3 seconds which makes it sound as if it was recorded in a church. For the SACD multi-channel sound, Rene has decided to place Choir I (24), Orch I (23) and Soloists I in the front and closer to the listener and a smaller slightly more distant sounding Choir II (12), smaller Orch II (14) and Soloists II in the rear. This was done in a similar way in the SACD multi-channel recording by The Netherlands Bach Society, except, this recording sounds warmer, more luxurious and more detailed. This is similar to how Bach would have performed it in St. Thomas Church with it's two organ lofts at opposite ends of the Nave.
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Rene Jacobs surely has his detractors, chiefly when he conducts works from the Classical period (most of the controversy centers around his recordings of Mozart). Listeners will find him either revelatory or sacrilegious--I belong to the former camp, though criticisms are certainly not without merit. If his work with Mozart seemed off-putting, fussy, or frantic, rest assured that such problems are not found here. Jacobs, indeed, built his reputation on conducting Baroque. With Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Rene Jacobs has returned to his element. Recall his brilliant early recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio for Harmonia Mundi, secular cantatas, and motets. This recording is interpreted in the same vein: solemn but forward-thrusting, reflective but dramatic. It is just the right mix that puts this record in the same league, or perhaps in a league above, longtime favorites such as Herreweghe's, Gardiner's, or Brüggen's. It is one of those special St. Matthew's that can bring even an irreligious man like myself to his feet.

Jacobs, ever the iconoclast, attempts to bring listeners closer to the sound world that Bach would have known. The result is a breathtaking experience in which Harmonia Mundi's sound managers work with Jacobs to create an uncanny sense of space. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, after all, is a monumental work requiring two choirs and two orchestras. Essentially, the Passion belongs to the "dialogue cantata" tradition (think about the dialogue aria in "Wachet auf," BWV140), where a central feature is two soloists `speaking' to one another. Bach augmented the idea for Leipzig's Good Friday services by having two choirs in dialogue with one another. Of course, this presents difficulties. We know that the St.
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Recorded in 1968, Woldike's St. Matthew Passion is a performance very much of its' time, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The Vanguard recording is good but not great; the singers and chorus are forwardly placed relative to the orchestra...more so than suits my taste. However, the singing is very good and the orchestral work is even better. Woldike's tempos are moderate, not nearly as slow as Klemperer and not nearly as fast as, say, Max. Well done on all counts and for those who love this Passion, a version you can return to comfortably time after time.
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Being such a demanding and lengthy work, every recording of the Matthaus Passion work has it’s strong and weak moments. From the three main elements in the passion, the recitatives, the chorals and the arias, Jacobs excels in the first two. The recitatives, led by the wonderful Werner Gura, has a real story telling feel to them, with a clever use of continuo instruments - Harpsichord, organ, lute and contrabass. This variety allows for great changes in mood and colors. Hear for example the recitatives after the death of jesus, and mark the horrifying sense of abandonment and loneliness. The chorals are sang beautifully by the two choirs, if sometimes sound a bit drilled. The arias, on the other hand, fair less well in my opinion. The problem here is the speed. All of the arias are played much too fast, pushing the singers and orchestra players to their limits. In a recording that tries to restore a tradition of performance from the 18th century, the arias sound unnatural and inappropriate to the rest of the performance.

Jacobs tries to restore the way listeners must have heard the passion when it was performed at the St. Thomas church in Leipzig. For this reason, the second choir, originally placed on the back balcony at the church, is placed far back in the recording, not left or right as usual. This concept is interesting enough, but also sounds a bit forced and gimmicky.

The recording quality is top class, one of the best from Harmonia Mundi in recent memory.
Overall, this version of the passion will stay on my audio system for it’s great emotional depth, wonderful dynamic recitatives and beautiful chorals. Not a first Matthaus for your collection, but definitely a nice second or third version.
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