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Bach: St Matthew Passion / Gönnenwein, Crass, Hamari, Et Al

Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 00941   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Teresa Zylis-GaraHermann PreyJulia HamariFranz Crass,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Madrigal Choir StuttgartConsortium Musicum
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A"mong traditional modern-instrument versions of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Wolfgang Gönnenwein’s 1968 recording has a lot to offer. Not least is the excellent choral singing from top to bottom. The texts are always clear, and the pacing for the chorales is governed by the story’s dramatic unfolding. You can’t help but be hooked by Evangelist Theo Altmeyer’s warm tone and vivid portrayal, complemented by Franz Crass’ sonorous, touching Jesus. What a joy it is to hear Teresa Zylis-Gara, Julia Hamari, and Hermann Prey at the peak of their respective powers. Tenor Nicolai Gedda is heard to better advantage with Gönnenwein than in Otto Klemperer’s recording, where he struggled with that conductor’s craggy tempos. The orchestra Read more plays beautifully, and the engineering does full justice to Bach’s antiphonal interplay. All the recitatives are accompanied by rather dutiful chordal backing from the organ and cello (Bach adds a “halo” of strings, of course, whenever Jesus opens his mouth). A harpsichordist with a bent for improvisation would have spruced up the texture. Lovers of great Bach singing, however, will treasure this release."

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano), Hermann Prey (Bass), Julia Hamari (Alto),
Franz Crass (Bass), Theo Altmeyer (Tenor), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Consortium Musicum
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Stadtkirche, Schwaigern, Germany 
Length: 196 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Stadtkirche, Schwaigern, Germany (05/26/1968 - 06/18/1968) 

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