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Bach: St Matthew Passion / Klemperer, Pears, Ludwig, Et Al


Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67542   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauOtakar KrausSir Geraint EvansHelen Watts,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusHampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This may not be the most authentic of Bach performances but EMI have quite rightly included it in their 'Great Recordings of the Century' series. The 1962 recording has come brilliantly to life, with great impact and abundant atmosphere, while the orchestral playing, with the Philharmonia on top form, is of the highest possible quality.

The nature of the experience is apparent from the first bar, as Klemperer's magisterial slow tempo sets in for the opening chorus. Too slow, one might be tempted to think, but the concentration is such that doubts recede as the vision takes hold. The chorales too are particularly broad, and occasionally they do seem mannered, although the textures, beautifully separated by the clear recording,
Read more are always full of interest. The contributions of the Hampstead Boys Choir are distinguished and add an extra finesse to all the numbers in which they participate.

Then there are the soloists, and if one seeks a reason to invest in this performance, it surely lies here. They are magnificent, both individually and as a team. The role of Evangelist particularly suits Peter Pears, for his voice is strongly characterised and seems just right for the role, while he is superbly complemented by Fischer-Dieskau, a great Bach singer, as Christ. The other roles are less central, but the artists are the leading singers of the day, and it shows.

Klemperer holds the whole performance under his magisterial spell, and as a result the concentration and the vision build stage by stage, making the experience thoroughly compelling. Of course the latest scholarship and performance practice calls his concept into question, but doubters should listen beyond the appearance offered by the opening bars and experience what this truly is: one of the great recordings of the century. Bach remains the most indestructible of composers, and there are different ways of performing his music. The tradition represented by Klemperer has much to tell us about this music.

-- Terry Barfoot, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Otakar Kraus (Baritone), Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone),
Helen Watts (Alto), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), John Carol Case (Baritone),
Walter Berry (Bass), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Alto),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Hampstead Parish Church Boys' Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1960-61 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 223 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.1 Chor: Kommt, ihr Töchter: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.1 Chor: Kommt, ihr Töchter
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.2 Rezitativ: Da Jesus diese Rede (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.2 Rezitativ: Da Jesus diese Rede (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.3 Choral: Herzliebster Jesus (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.3 Choral: Herzliebster Jesus (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.4 Rezitativ: Da versammelten sich die Hohempriester (Evangelist): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.4 Rezitativ: Da versammelten sich die Hohempriester (Evangelist)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.5 Chor: Ja nicht auf das Fest (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.5 Chor: Ja nicht auf das Fest (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.6 Rezitativ: Da nun Jesus (Evangelist): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.6 Rezitativ: Da nun Jesus (Evangelist)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.7 Chor: Wozu dienet dieser Unrat? (Chor I/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.7 Chor: Wozu dienet dieser Unrat? (Chor I/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.8 Rezitativ: Da das Jesus merkete (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.8 Rezitativ: Da das Jesus merkete (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.9 Rezitativ: Du lieber Heiland du (Alt/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.9 Rezitativ: Du lieber Heiland du (Alt/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.10 Arie: Buß' und Reu' (Alt/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.10 Arie: Buß' und Reu' (Alt/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.11 Rezitativ: Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer (Evangelist/Judas): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.11 Rezitativ: Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer (Evangelist/Judas)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.12 Arie: Blute nur, du liebes Herz (Sopran/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.12 Arie: Blute nur, du liebes Herz (Sopran/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.13 Rezitativ: Aber am erstern Tage (Evangelist): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.13 Rezitativ: Aber am erstern Tage (Evangelist)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.14 Chor: Wo willst du (Chor I/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.14 Chor: Wo willst du (Chor I/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.15 Rezitativ: Er sprach: Gehet hin (Evangelist/Jesus) - Herr, bin ich's? (Chor I/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.15 Rezitativ: Er sprach: Gehet hin (Evangelist/Jesus) - Herr, bin ich's? (Chor I/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.16 Choral: Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.16 Choral: Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.17 Rezitativ: Er antwortete und sprach: Der mit der Hand mit mir (Evangelist/Jesus/Judas): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.17 Rezitativ: Er antwortete und sprach: Der mit der Hand mit mir (Evangelist/Jesus/Judas)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.18 Rezitativ: Wiewohl mein Herz (Sopran/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.18 Rezitativ: Wiewohl mein Herz (Sopran/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.19 Arie: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Sopran/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.19 Arie: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Sopran/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.20 Rezitativ: Und da sie den Lobgesang (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.20 Rezitativ: Und da sie den Lobgesang (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.21 Choral: Erkenne mich, mein Hüter (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.21 Choral: Erkenne mich, mein Hüter (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.22 Rezitativ: Petrus aber antwortete (Evangelist/Petrus/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.22 Rezitativ: Petrus aber antwortete (Evangelist/Petrus/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.23 Choral: Ich will hier (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.23 Choral: Ich will hier (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.24 Rezitativ: Da kam Jesus (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.24 Rezitativ: Da kam Jesus (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.25 Rezitativ: O Schmerz! (Tenor/Orchester I) Choral: Was ist die Ursach (Chor II/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.25 Rezitativ: O Schmerz! (Tenor/Orchester I) Choral: Was ist die Ursach (Chor II/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.26 Arie: Ich will bei meinem Jesu (Tenor/Orchester I) mit Chor: - So schlafen unsre Sünden ein (Chor II/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.26 Arie: Ich will bei meinem Jesu (Tenor/Orchester I) mit Chor: - So schlafen unsre Sünden ein (Chor II/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.27 Rezitativ: Und ging hin wenig (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.27 Rezitativ: Und ging hin wenig (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.28 Rezitativ: Der Heiland fällt (Baß/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.28 Rezitativ: Der Heiland fällt (Baß/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.29 Arie: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (Baß/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.29 Arie: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (Baß/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.30 Rezitativ: Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.30 Rezitativ: Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.31 Choral: Was mein Gott will (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.31 Choral: Was mein Gott will (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.32 Rezitativ: Und er er kam (Evangelist/Jesus/Judas): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.32 Rezitativ: Und er er kam (Evangelist/Jesus/Judas)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.33 Duett: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Sopran/Alt/Orchester I/Chor II/Orchester II) -Chor: Sind Blitze, sind Donner (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.33 Duett: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Sopran/Alt/Orchester I/Chor II/Orchester II) -Chor: Sind Blitze, sind Donner (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.34 Rezitativ: Und siehe, einer aus denen (Evangelist/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.34 Rezitativ: Und siehe, einer aus denen (Evangelist/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part I: Nr.35 Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross (Chor I II/Orchester I II/Ripieno): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part I: Nr.35 Choral: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross (Chor I II/Orchester I II/Ripieno)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.36 Ach, nun ist mein Jesus hin (Alt/Chor I) mit Chor: Wo ist denn dein Freund (Chor II/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.36 Ach, nun ist mein Jesus hin (Alt/Chor I) mit Chor: Wo ist denn dein Freund (Chor II/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.37 Rezitativ: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten (Evangelist): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.37 Rezitativ: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten (Evangelist)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.38 Choral: Mir hat die Welt (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.38 Choral: Mir hat die Welt (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.39 Rezitativ: Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten (Evangelist/Zwei Zeugen/Hohepriester): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.39 Rezitativ: Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten (Evangelist/Zwei Zeugen/Hohepriester)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.40 Mein Jesus schweigt (Tenor, 2 oboi, biola da gamba, continuo): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.40 Mein Jesus schweigt (Tenor, 2 oboi, biola da gamba, continuo)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.41 Arie: Geduld, wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen (Tenor, viola da gamba, continuo): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.41 Arie: Geduld, wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen (Tenor, viola da gamba, continuo)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.42 Rezitativ: Und der Hohepriester (Evangelist/Hohepriester/Jesus) mit Chor: Er ist des Todes schuldig! (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.42 Rezitativ: Und der Hohepriester (Evangelist/Hohepriester/Jesus) mit Chor: Er ist des Todes schuldig! (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.43 Rezitativ: Da speieten sie (Evangelist) mit Chor: Weissage, weissage (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.43 Rezitativ: Da speieten sie (Evangelist) mit Chor: Weissage, weissage (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.44 Choral: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.44 Choral: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.45 Rezitativ: Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast (Evangelist/Zwei Mägde/Petrus) mit Chor: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen (Chor II/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.45 Rezitativ: Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast (Evangelist/Zwei Mägde/Petrus) mit Chor: Wahrlich, du bist auch einer von denen (Chor II/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.46 Rezitativ: Da hub er an, sich zu verfluchen (Evangelist/Petrus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.46 Rezitativ: Da hub er an, sich zu verfluchen (Evangelist/Petrus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.47 Arie: Erbarme dich, mein Gott (Alt/Solo Violine/Orchester I): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.47 Arie: Erbarme dich, mein Gott (Alt/Solo Violine/Orchester I)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.48 Choral: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.48 Choral: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.49 Rezitativ: Des Morgens aber (Evangelist/Judas) mit Chor: Was gehet uns das an? (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.49 Rezitativ: Des Morgens aber (Evangelist/Judas) mit Chor: Was gehet uns das an? (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.50 Rezitativ: Und er warf die Silberlinge (Evangelist/Zwei Priester): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.50 Rezitativ: Und er warf die Silberlinge (Evangelist/Zwei Priester)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.51 Arie: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder! (Baß/Siki Violine/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.51 Arie: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder! (Baß/Siki Violine/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.52 Rezitativ: Sie hielten aber einen Rat (Evangelist/Pilatus/Jesus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.52 Rezitativ: Sie hielten aber einen Rat (Evangelist/Pilatus/Jesus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.53 Choral: Befiehl du deine Wege (Chor I II/Orchester II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.53 Choral: Befiehl du deine Wege (Chor I II/Orchester II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.54 Rezitativ: Auf das Fest aber hatte (Evangelist/Pilati Weib/Pilatus) mit Chor: Barabbam! LaB ihn kreuzigen! (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.54 Rezitativ: Auf das Fest aber hatte (Evangelist/Pilati Weib/Pilatus) mit Chor: Barabbam! LaB ihn kreuzigen! (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.55 Choral: Wie wunderbarlich (Chor I II/Orchester I II): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.55 Choral: Wie wunderbarlich (Chor I II/Orchester I II)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.56 Rezitativ: Der Landpfleger sagte: Was hat er denn Uebels getan (Evangelist/Pilatus): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.56 Rezitativ: Der Landpfleger sagte: Was hat er denn Uebels getan (Evangelist/Pilatus)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.57 Rezitativ: Er hat uns allen wohlgetan (Sopran /2 oboi da caccia/continuo): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.57 Rezitativ: Er hat uns allen wohlgetan (Sopran /2 oboi da caccia/continuo)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 - Remaster), Part II: Nr.58 Arie: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (Sopran/Flöte/2 Oboi da caccia): St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2001 Remastered Version), Part II: Nr.58 Arie: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (Sopran/Flöte/2 Oboi da caccia)

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