- 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)
Bach: Matthäus Passion [The Jonathan Miller BBC Production]
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What Rene has achieved here is a very deeply felt, flowing and dramatic interpretation.
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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet another company moves to the dark side and begins issuing CD-R's instead of proper, pressed CD's. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Thomas Hurst
Despite what a couple of reviewers have stated her, this performance never feels rushed. The RIAS Kammerchor is simply amazing in its articulation, intensity and accuracy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by P. Kelley
I know it's the wrong place to review this set, but I cheaped out and bought the regular stereo version. Read morePublished 6 months ago by 3rd Day Believer
The tempo of the opening chorus was perfectly judged; but then, and throughout, there were all sorts of piquant instrumental colors, some appropriate to the text, most not. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Lee Wallace
Life has never been busier - or has it? On our part, who works 9-to-5 nowadays? Few, I suggest: we're on call 24 by 7 by 365. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
This is one of the best interpretations of the St. Matthew Passion I have ever heard.
The balance between the orchestra of original instruments and the soloists and chorus is... Read more
This is, without question, the best performance of this great work I have ever heard. In addition to getting the tempi right. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A2900
He heard this recording on WQXR, and loved it. He is devoted to all things Bach, and when he hears an especially good recording I try to get it for him. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by Doc W8
Jacobs has put effort into finding how the Passion may have been originally presented, and uses two choirs and organs to achieve a unique spatial effect. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by John Boshier