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Track Listings

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
  7. St. Matthew Passion: No. 7 - Evangelista, Judas: Da ging hin der Zwolfen einer
  8. St. Matthew Passion: No. 8 - Aria: Blute nur, du liebes Herz!
  9. St. Matthew Passion: No. 9 - Evangelista, Chorus I, Jesus: Aber am ersten Tage der sussen Brot
  10. St. Matthew Passion: No. 10 - Choral: Ich bins, ich sollte bussen
  11. St. Matthew Passion: No. 11 - Evangelista, Jesus, Judas: Er antwortete und sprach
  12. St. Matthew Passion: No. 12: Recitativo: Wiewohol mein Herz in Tranen schwimmt
  13. St. Matthew Passion: No. 13 - Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken
  14. St. Matthew Passion: No. 14 - Evangelista, Jesus: Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten
  15. St. Matthew Passion: No. 15 - Choral: Erkenne mich, mein Huter
  16. St. Matthew Passion: No. 16 - Evangelista, Petrus, Jesus: Petrus aber antwrotete und sprach zu ihm
  17. St. Matthew Passion: No. 17 - Choral: Ich will hier bei dir stehen
  18. St. Matthew Passion: No. 18 - Evangelista, Jesus: Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe
  19. St. Matthew Passion: No. 19 - Recitativo und Choral: O Schmerz!
  20. St. Matthew Passion: No. 20 - Aria (+ Chor): Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen
  21. St. Matthew Passion: No. 21 - Evangelista, Jesus: Und ging hin ein wenig
  22. St. Matthew Passion: No. 22 - Recitativo: Der Heiland fallt vor seinem Vater nieder
  23. St. Matthew Passion: No. 23 - Aria: Gerne will ich mich bequemen
  24. St. Matthew Passion: No. 24 - Evangelista, Jesus: Und er kam zu seinen Jungern
  25. St. Matthew Passion: No. 25 - Choral: Was mein Gott will, das gscheh allzeit
  26. St. Matthew Passion: No. 26 - Evangelista, Jesus, Judas: Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend
  27. St. Matthew Passion: No. 27 - Aria (+ Chor), Chori: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen
  28. St. Matthew Passion: No. 28 - Evangelista, Jesus: Und siehe, einer aus denen, die mit Jesu waren
  29. St. Matthew Passion: No. 29 - Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross

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!
  7. St. Matthew Passion: No. 36 - Evangelista, Pontifex, Jesus, Chori: Und der Hohepriester antwortete
  8. St. Matthew Passion: No. 37 - Choral: Wer hat dich so geschlagen
  9. St. Matthew Passion: No. 38 - Evangelista, Ancilla I, II, Petrus, Chorus II: Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast
  10. St. Matthew Passion: No. 39 - Aria: Erbarme dich
  11. St. Matthew Passion: No. 40 - Choral: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen
  12. St. Matthew Passion: No. 41 - Evangelista, Judas, Chori, Pontifex I, II: Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester
  13. St. Matthew Passion: No. 42 - Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder!
  14. St. Matthew Passion: No. 43 - Evangelista, Pilatus, Jesus: Sie hielten aber einen Rat
  15. St. Matthew Passion: No. 44 - Choral: Befiehl du deine Wege
  16. St. Matthew Passion: No. 45 - Evangelista, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chori: Auf das Fest aber
  17. St. Matthew Passion: No. 46 - Choral: Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe!
  18. St. Matthew Passion: No. 47 - Evangelista, Pilatus: Der Landpfleger sagte
  19. St. Matthew Passion: No. 48 - Recitativo: Er hat uns allen wohlgetan
  20. St. Matthew Passion: No. 49 - Aria: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
  21. St. Matthew Passion: No. 50 - Evangelista, Pilatus, Chori: Sie schrieen aber noch mehr und sprachen
  22. St. Matthew Passion: No. 51 - Recitativo: Erbarm es Gott!
  23. St. Matthew Passion: No. 52 - Aria: Konnen Tranen meiner Wangen
  24. St. Matthew Passion: No. 53 - Evangelista, Chori: Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte
  25. St. Matthew Passion: No. 54 - Choral: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden

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
  7. St. Matthew Passion: No. 61 - Evangelista, Jesus, Chorus I, Chorus II: Und von der sechsten Stunde an
  8. St. Matthew Passion: No. 62 - Choral: Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
  9. St. Matthew Passion: No. 63 - Evangelista, Due chori: Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriss
  10. St. Matthew Passion: No. 64 - Recitativo: Am Abend, da es kuhle war
  11. St. Matthew Passion: No. 65 - Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein
  12. St. Matthew Passion: No. 66 - Evangelista, Due chori, Pilatus: Und Joseph nahm den Leib
  13. St. Matthew Passion: No. 67 - Recitativo (+ Chor): Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht
  14. St. Matthew Passion: No. 68 - Chorus: Wer setzen uns mit Tranen nieder


Product Details

  • Performer: Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Christiane Oelze, Ingeborg Danz, Michael Schade, Matthias Gorne, et al.
  • Orchestra: Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
  • Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Haenssler Classics
  • ASIN: B0000365NE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 28, 2001
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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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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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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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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