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Bach: Matthäus-Passion - Arias & Choruses / Solti, et al


Release Date: 03/30/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 425691   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te KanawaAnthony Rolfe JohnsonAnne Sofie von OtterTom Krause
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony ChorusGlen Ellyn Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The name of Sir Georg Solti is not, perhaps, one of those that springs most readily to mind in connection with the Si Matthew Passion, and I must admit that I approached this recording with some apprehensiveness—most of which, I am happy to say, was quite unnecessary. The element of drama in this often highly dramatic work is, as might be expected from a conductor whose career has to a large extent been based on the opera house (notably, of course, Covent Garden), strongly emphasized, and nowhere more so than in the turba or 'crowd' choruses that are such a feature of the St Matthew Passion. The Chicago Symphony Chorus are an impressive body, with excellent enunciation and a good command of German, and their contribution to this Read more performance, most obviously in "Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden", is one of its most commanding features. Solti's treatment of many of the other big choruses, particularly the massive opening and closing ones, may strike some ears as hard-driven and over-emphatic, but it is never dull, never leaden, and his handling of the chorales is always fluid, without the exaggerated pauses between lines that often distort their flow, and it covers a remarkably wide dynamic spectrum.

He has a sensitive, eloquent, but never selfindulgent, Evangelist in Hans-Peter Blochwitz (the solo tenor in Philippe Herreweghe's Harmonia Mundi performance), and a fine, youngsounding Jesus in Olaf Bar (the High Priest in Peter Schreier's Philips version), and his quartet of soloists is outstanding. Anthony Rolfe Johnson is exceptionally stirring and impassioned in "0 Schmerz! Hier zittert das gequalte Herz" and "Geduld, wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen", with its cello obbligato, and Tom Krause is magnificent in "Komm süsses Kreu.z", with its viola da gamba obbligato, and "Mache dich, mein Herze, rein". Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is very moving in "Ich will dir mein Herze schenken", if a shade detached in the lovely "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben", with its unique accompaniment for flute and two oboi da caccia; and Anne Sofie von Otter's rich but never plummy mezzo brings gravity and compassion to "Buss und Reu" and "Erbarme dich, mein Gott", without making them heavy or sententious. The recitatives are handled, where appropriate (as in the rending of the veil of the temple) with considerable dramatic flair, but the sound of the continuo chamber organ has a curiously synthetic quality, and it is not played with much imagination. Decca's recording is very fine, with a good stereophonic sense (extremely important in the Si Matthew Passion, with its two antiphonal con) and impressive dynamic range.

-- Gramophone [4/1988, reviewing the complete St. Matthew Passion]
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Works on This Recording

1. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 18, Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 19, Ich will dir mein Herze schenken by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 25, O Schmerz! by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 26, Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
5. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 33, So ist mein Jesus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 35, O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
7. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 47, Erbarme dich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
8. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 48, Bin ich gleich von... by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
9. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 57, Er hat uns allen wohlgetan by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
10. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 58, Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1727 
11. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 63, O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
12. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 69, Ach, Golgotha by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
13. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 70, Sehet, Jesus die Hand by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
14. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 75, Mache dich, mein Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Tom Krause (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
15. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 77, Nun ist der Herr by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Alto), Tom Krause (Bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
16. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 1, Kommt, ihr Töchter by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
17. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 74, Am Abend, da es kühle war by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Tom Krause (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
18. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 78, Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 

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