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Bach: Matthäus-Passion / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 02/14/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1000/2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter KooyNancy ArgentaMakoto SakuradaRobin Blaze,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Masaaki Suzuki brings to the St Matthew Passion the same devotional intensity that has characterised his Bach cantata recordings. This focus is immediately evident in the opening chorus/chorale, which he imbues with compelling power despite opting to use relatively small vocal and orchestral forces throughout. It is evident, too, in Bach Collegium Japan’s impeccable performances, which bespeak a score explored in meticulous detail and with profound affection. There is certainly much to admire here: fierce turbas, gentle chorales, exemplary instrumental solos."

5 out of 5 stars for both sound and performace!

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine
"Masaaki Suzuki brings to the St Matthew Passion the same devotional intensity that has characterised his Bach cantata recordings. This focus is immediately evident in the opening chorus/chorale, which he imbues with compelling power despite opting to use relatively small vocal and orchestral forces throughout. It is evident, too, in Bach Collegium Japan’s impeccable performances, which bespeak a score explored in meticulous detail and with profound affection. There is certainly much to admire here: fierce turbas, gentle chorales, exemplary instrumental solos."

5 out of 5 stars for both sound and performace!

-- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Yoshie Hida (Soprano), Jan Hagiwara (Bass),
Kirsten Sollek (Alto), Tetsuya Odagawa (Bass), Midori Suzuki (Soprano),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Shoin Women's University, Kobe, Japan 
Length: 163 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 4a. Recitative: Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 4b. Chorus: Ja nicht auf das Fest
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 4d. Chorus: Wozu dienet dieser Unrat?
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 9a. Recitative: Aber am ersten Tage (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 9b. Chorus: Wo willst du, dass wir dir bereiten
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 9d. Recitative: Und sie wurden sehr betrubt (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 9e. Chorus: Herr, bin ich's?
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 31. Recitative: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 32. Chorale: Mir hat die Welt truglich gericht'
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 33. Recitative: Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen (Evangelist, High Priest, Witness I, II)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 34. Recitative: Mein Jesus schweigt (Tenor)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 35. Aria: Geduld! Wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen (Tenor)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 36a. Recitative: Und der Hohepriester antwortete (Evangelist, High Priest, Jesus)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 36b. Chorus: Er ist des Todes schuldig!
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 36c. Recitative: Da speieten sie aus in sein Angesicht (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 36d. Chorus: Weissage uns, Christe
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 38b. Chorus: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 41b. Chorus: Was gehet uns das an?
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 45a. Recitative: Auf das Fest aber (Evangelist, Pilate, Pilate's Wife, Chorus)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 45b. Chorus: Lass ihn kreuzigen!
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 47. Recitative: Der Landpfleger sagte: Was hat er denn Ubels getan? (Evangelist, Pilate)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 50a. Recitative: Sie schrieen aber noch mehr und sprachen: (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 50b. Chorus: Lass ihn kreuzigen!
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 50c. Recitative: Da aber Pilatus sahe, dass er nichts schaffete (Evangelist, Pilate)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 50e. Recitative: Da gab er ihnen Barrabam los (Evangelist)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 53b. Chorus: Gegrusset seist du, Judenkonig!
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: 53c. Recitative: Und speieten ihn an (Evangelist)

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