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Bernstein Century - Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Nypo, Et Al

Release Date: 02/16/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60727   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Engelbert BrennerAdele AddisonBetty AllenCharles Bressler,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transfiguration Boys ChoirCollegiate ChoraleNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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This disc includes a recording of Leonard Bernstein discussing the musical and dramatic structure of the St. Matthew Passion.
The 'Saint Matthew Passion' represents the culmination of Bach's achievement as a church musician and commands a reverence and respect almost without parallel in western sacred music. A dramatic, quasi-operatic oratorio on an epic scale, it calls for six soloists, two choirs, two orchestras and organs, combining arias, recitatives, chorales and concertato passages united by the imposing central religious theme.
This recording documents an unusual performance from 1962 of an abridged English language version. While one might not think of Leonard Bernstein as a likely conductor of this material, he did perform
Read more nearly all the great sacred choral works from Haydn onward, recorded a pretty good 'Messiah' and indeed, brings a lot to this music. The orchestra is big but tempos are not unduly cumbersome and rhythmic detail, not to mention much of the beautiful woodwind writing, comes freshly to the fore. What really is winning is the sense of occasion and theatricality--this is Bernstein, after all--and the recitatives being sung in English will add to the immediacy of the communication for many listeners. Read less

Works on This Recording

Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Engelbert Brenner (Oboe d'amore), Adele Addison (Soprano), Betty Allen (Mezzo Soprano),
Charles Bressler (Tenor), Donald Bell (Bass Baritone), David Lloyd (Tenor),
John Corigliano Sr. (Violin), William Wildermann (Bass), John Wummer (Flute),
Harold Gomberg (Oboe), Albert Goltzer (Oboe d'amore), Leonid Hambro (Harpsichord),
Bruce Prince-Joseph (Organ), Carl Stern (Cello), Carlo Raviola (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Transfiguration Boys Choir,  Collegiate Chorale,  New York Philharmonic
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1962 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 137 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

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