It has haunted René Jacobs since childhood: first as a boy soprano in Ghent, then as a countertenor, he has constantly frequented the supreme masterpiece that is the 'St Matthew Passion'. Jacobs uses the layout of the Good Friday Vesper service from Bach's time, with choirs front and back, rather than side-by-side. He also gives us extra soloists to complete the bi-choral effect. For Bach, the two halves were 28 metres apart. At that distance, coordination difficulties begin to appear between the speed of light, and the speed of sound, and we cannot determine how Bach dealt with this problem. However the wonders of SACD multichannel surround sound can at last give an impression of what Bach intended for St. Thomas’ Church inRead more Leipzig.
As ever, harmonia mundi's production values are such that we are given several essays on the concept of the layout in Bach's time, reflections on the new recording by René Jacobs, full texts and biographies in a 176 page booklet, with sumptuous packaging. This is, somewhat surprisingly, René Jacobs' first recording of 'St Matthew'.
"***** (5 Stars out of 5) A performance of overwhelming sincerity… [S]ome might also be surprised its sensuous immediacy and by Jacobs's ornate way with the recitatives. But the mix of drama and meditation is breathtakingly sustained and the choral singing astonishing in its beauty.” – The Guardian (UK) Read less
Works on This Recording
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
Fabio Trumpy (Tenor),
Werner Güra (Tenor),
Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano),
Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor),
Konstantin Wolff (Baritone)
Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,
Berlin State And Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Everyone should own thisMay 13, 2014By morris hallowell (Livingston, MT)See All My Reviews"An excellent recording of a sublime performance of Bach's greatest work. Nothing more to be said."Report Abuse
The Best St. Matthew PassionJanuary 12, 2014By BARBARA LANG (South Amboy, NJ)See All My Reviews"This St. Matthew Passion is the best I've ever heard! It is ethereal, so well thought out, so moving and, one could say, sacred as this work should be. The accompanying DVD is fascinating; just watching Bernarda Fink recording Erbarme dich is worth the price of the album. The lengthy notes in the booklet are very informative, even to long-time Bach aficionados. If you love Bach, you should own this St. Matthew Passion."Report Abuse
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