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Works on This Recording
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Paul Esswood (Countertenor),
Tom Sutcliffe (Countertenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor),
Kurt Equiluz (Tenor),
Nigel Rogers (Tenor),
Karl Ridderbusch (Bass),
Max van Egmond (Bass),
Michael Schopper (Bass)
Vienna Concentus Musicus,
Regensburg Cathedral Boys Choir,
Cambridge King's College Choir
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany
Length: 174 Minutes 27 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Still one of the best December 27, 2012
By Tim K. (New Orleans, LA) See All My Reviews
"This is Harnoncourt's 1970 recording of the St. Matthew Passion, and it's still one of the best out there. The singers are just fantastic, especially Paul Esswood (his Erbarme dich is one of the most beautiful things ever recorded, the purchase is worth it for that alone) and Kurt Equiluz, one of the greatest Evangelists ever. Max van Egmond is also wonderful and turns in a very nice Mache dich, mein Herz. The recorded sound is, however, very much showing it's age - it really deserves a better remastering than this. They did, however, mike the choirs separately, so that one comes out left speaker, the other right. This is actually how it's supposed to sound, but it doesn't work very well with headphones. I have Harnoncourt's 2000 recording and while the choir is better and the recorded sound is far better, I still reach for this one when I want to listen due to the singers."