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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
[Since writing this the price has almost doubled. I hope my favorable review didn't cause that!]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Other have reviewed this positively, and I won't repeat their praise. But this is arguably the first recording of the St. Matthew that should be in anyone's collection. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Kasimer
Wonderful performance that displays sensitivity both to the drama and to current performance practice without turning the performance into what sounds like a musical archeological... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Ray
As Dr Peter Kreeft says, this music convinced three atheists that he knows to become believers and Catholics as they said such music could only come from God. I agree.Published 6 months ago by Steven Ham
I have had a long history listening to this towering masterpiece. I remember watching Leonard Bernstein analyze this work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lance Leipold
I am singing this with a local symphony chorale, and got this as a practice cd. It is wonderfully done, and the soloists all have beautifully warm, powerful voices. Read morePublished 16 months ago by GeoEngineer
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 22 months ago by john kustermann
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 morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Jeffrey D Frazier
ONE OF BACH'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS DONE BEAUTIFULLY HERE; WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CD; TIMELESS MUSIC FOR THE AGES; WONDERFUL TO HEARPublished on January 21, 2013 by Becky Pickle