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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Kozena, Padmore, Rattle

Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog #: 140021  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Camilla TillingMark PadmoreMagdalena KozenáTopi Lehtipuu,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set contains 2 DVDs, 1 Blu-ray Video Disc, and a 7-day Digital Concert Hall pass.

Sir Simon Rattle was in no doubt: the performance of the St. Matthew Passion which he realized together with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in 2010 was for him “the single most important thing we ever did here.” Critics around the world agreed. They praised the semi-staged “ritualization” by American star-director Peter Sellars, as well as the outstanding musical performances by the soloists, including Magdalena Kozená, Christian Gerhaher, Thomas Quasthoff, and Mark Padmore as the Evangelist. Now the performance is published as a hardcover linen edition with a comprehensive booklet and a voucher for the Berlin
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"Sellars' surprisingly simple ideas draw us deeply into the drama and prove enormously moving." – NPR

"The female singers are very good – the soprano Camilla Tilling ethereal and the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena impassioned – but the men are tremendous, including the pure-toned tenor Topi Lehtipuu. The bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher, singing from far above the other performers, is a resonant, otherworldly Jesus. Mr. Padmore is one of the major Evangelists of our time, and he is heartbreakingly eloquent here, less a biblical narrator than a guide through a dark night of the soul. And if it’s possible for this deeply moving recording to take on any more poignancy, it is probably the final major video release featuring Mr. Quasthoff." – The New York Times

2 DVDs [NTSC 16:9 / PCM Stereo • DTS 5.1]

Blu-ray Disc in high definition video [1080i Full HD 16:9 / 2.0 PCM Stereo • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1]

Playing time - Concert: 195 mins • Bonus: 51 mins

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Region: 0 (All region)

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Works on This Recording

Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Camilla Tilling (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano),
Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor), Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  12 Customer Reviews )
 You probably needed to be there January 1, 2017 By M. Wise (Great Barrington, MA) See All My Reviews "Perhaps the glowing reviews set my expectations too high. Bach put the drama into the music. The added staging might be convincing when experienced at a live performance, but it looks artificial in the DVD close-ups. It would have been better to record this in a studio, rather than a live performance, so it could be tailored better to the choreography. The chorale movement that ends part one, with the singers dispersed around the back wall far from microphones and from the conductor, is embarrassingly uncoordinated and muffled." Report Abuse
 Awesome inspiring July 21, 2015 By E. Cosloy (Kittery Point, ME) See All My Reviews "As close to being there life. Incredible performance-extremely moving. Sellers is a genius. Only praise-cannot fault singers, chorus, Rattle or audience and venue. Quite the experience." Report Abuse
 A creation February 18, 2015 By Guenter Zeno Steffens (London, England) See All My Reviews "A very moving experience. An exceptional creation by Sellers. Beautiful performances by Kozena and Padmore. Sir Simon Rattle is the Master controlling it all." Report Abuse
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