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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Gura, Fink, Jacobs

Bach, J.s. / Im / Fink / Jacobs
Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio TrumpyWerner GüraBernarda FinkTopi Lehtipuu,   ... 
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber ChorusAcademy for Ancient Music BerlinBerlin State And Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"***** (5 Stars out of 5)
A performance of overwhelming sincerity… [S]ome might also be surprised by its sensuous immediacy and by Jacobs's ornate way with the recitatives. But the mix of drama and meditation is breathtakingly sustained and the choral singing astonishing in its beauty.” – The Guardian (UK)
"***** (5 Stars out of 5)
A performance of overwhelming sincerity… [S]ome might also be surprised by its sensuous immediacy and by Jacobs's ornate way with the recitatives. But the mix of drama and meditation is breathtakingly sustained and the choral singing astonishing in its beauty.” – The Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

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Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio Trumpy (Tenor), Werner Güra (Tenor), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano),
Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor), Konstantin Wolff (Baritone)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin State And Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Artistic September 17, 2014 By George M. (Hattiesburg, MS) See All My Reviews "Jacobs understands Bach's music and beautifully communicates the spirit of this composition. Soul without bombast." Report Abuse
 Star of this recording is Rene Jacobs' conducting July 12, 2014 By Bernard A J. (Kansas City, MO) See All My Reviews "The controversial aspect of this recording was the use of two choirs and orchestra personnel - one up front and the other in the back to put simply. It could have been off-putting, but I did not find that to be a distraction. Rene Jacobs and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin do a beautiful job playing their hearts out, and the choral parts are done beautifully; however it is some of the smaller part soloists that really let this performance down. Werner Gura and Bernarda Fink speak for themselves as outstanding soloists, and Gura's performance is very good, but other recordings have better sung evangelists especially Pregardien on Harnoncourt's recording and of course Padmore on the Berlin Philharmonic DVD. It depends on how you like the evangelist sung. This CD was on sale for almost half price which was the main attraction, and I am happy to have heard Jacob's interpretation. The Harnoncourt which dates back to 2000 is still the gold standard on CD though and Rattle/Padmore on DVD." Report Abuse
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