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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / De Mey, Kooy, Schlick, Wessel, Pregardien, Mertens, Koopman


Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 46751   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara SchlickGuy de MeyChristoph PrégardienPeter Kooy,   ... 
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque OrchestraCappella BredaNetherlands Bach Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As we have come to expect from Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra the standard of playing is uniformly high, with fine solo contributions from, among others, leader Andrew Manze. Koopman paces the drama in a lively and engaging manner.

Among the brightest constellations in Koopman's St Matthew Passionis the tenor Guy de Mey (Evangelist) whose lightly articulated, comfortably produced sound and narrative style bring the role to life in the manner of a good story-teller. Peter Kooy on the same high interpretative level gives a sensitively shaded, clearly projected account of Christus. Barbara Schlick is warmly expressive, as almost invariably, and her vocal timbre seldom displeases.

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As we have come to expect from Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra the standard of playing is uniformly high, with fine solo contributions from, among others, leader Andrew Manze. Koopman paces the drama in a lively and engaging manner.

Among the brightest constellations in Koopman's St Matthew Passionis the tenor Guy de Mey (Evangelist) whose lightly articulated, comfortably produced sound and narrative style bring the role to life in the manner of a good story-teller. Peter Kooy on the same high interpretative level gives a sensitively shaded, clearly projected account of Christus. Barbara Schlick is warmly expressive, as almost invariably, and her vocal timbre seldom displeases.

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Works on This Recording

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Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Guy de Mey (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass), Klaus Mertens (Bass), Kai Wessel (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Breda,  Netherlands Bach Boys' Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/06/1992 
Venue:  Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Oudkarspel 
Length: 164 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Lovely February 23, 2018 By Gail Buckenham (Kingston, ON) See All My Reviews "Music for spring, it is seldom heard any more but is an esential piece of music in any collection" Report Abuse
 A newbie to this recording February 9, 2018 By Francisco R. Moya Huff (Guaynabo, PR) See All My Reviews "This recording was recommended to me as the best of the Bach Repertoire. I had not heard the composition or this recording at all it. I was curious, I wanted to at least hear it once, so this offer was very attractive, four CD's for $10:00 and it was worth a try. Even if I didn't care for it , it would go into the music collection. So I received it and have not been able to really get into the piece. Truthfully,I have never been a classical voice fan, I prefer instrumentals but those who have recommended it know more of music than I do and its fame cannot be for nothing. The recording is good, clear, the playing is also clear but I guess as I hear it a couple of times I will get it. For now I must admonish those who do not have a habit of hearing voices in classical music, that is what you will get here.Any recommendations on the most attractive parts of the composition will be appreciated." Report Abuse
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