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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 

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