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Bach: St Matthew Passion / Schreier


Release Date: 03/13/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000852802   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter SchreierTheo AdamLucia PoppMarjana Lipovsek,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio ChorusDresden StaatskapelleDresden Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Except for the decidedly unportentous, dancing opening chorus (as opposed to Klemperer's monumental rendition or Herreweghe's more effectual balance of weight, texture, and tempo), this is a thoughtful, satisfyingly dramatic modern-instrument St. Matthew, with Peter Schreier a solid Evangelist (and conductor), accompanied by a good contingent of soloists and a responsive orchestra and first-rate choruses. Lucia Popp would not be my choice for the soprano arias; her vibrato renders her pitch uncertain, and her upper-register tone tends toward screechiness. But overall, the many components necessary to bring this great masterpiece successfully together are properly in place and are delivered with authority and sensitivity to both the more Read more meditative sections and the more theatrical moments.

There are some odd balances--the duet with chorus "So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen", for example--and the chorus acoustic sounds unnaturally confined; but this reissue, originally recorded in 1984 in the early digital days, is sonically identical to that first CD release and remains a respectable document of that recording era and of the interpretive ideas prevalent in the period just before the historical performance movement made its profound impact.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Marjana Lipovsek (Alto), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Robert Holl (Bass),
Andreas Scheibner (Baritone), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Bass), Hermann-Christian Polster (Bass),
Olaf Bär (Baritone)
Conductor:  Peter Schreier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden Boys' Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.1 Chorus I/II: "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.2 Evangelist, Jesus: "Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.3 Choral: "Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.4 Evangelist, Chorus I/II, Jesus: "Da versammelten sich die Hohenpriester"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.5 Recitative (Alto): "Du lieber Heiland du"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.6 Aria (Alto): "Buss und Reu"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.7 Evangelist, Judas: "Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.8 Aria (Soprano): "Blute nur, du liebes Herz"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.9 Evangelist, Chorus I, Jesus: "Aber am ersten Tage der süssen Brot"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.10 Choral: "Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.11 Evangelist, Jesus, Judas: "Er antwortete und sprach"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.12 Recitative (Soprano): "Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.13 Aria (Soprano): "Ich will dir mein Herz schenken"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.14 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.15 Choral: "Erkenne mich, mein Hüter"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.16 Evangelist, Jesus, Petrus: "Petrus aber antwortete"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.17 Choral: "Ich will hier bei dir stehen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.18 Evangelist, Jesus: "Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.19 Recitative (Tenor, Chorus II): "O Schmerz! hier zittert das gequälte Herz"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.20 Aria (Tenor, Chorus II): "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.21 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und ging hin ein wenig"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.22 Recitative (Bass): "Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.23 Aria (Bass): "Gerne will ich mich bequemen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.24 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.25 Choral: "Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.26 Evangelist, Jesus, Judas: "Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.27 Aria (Soprano, Alto, Chorus II): "So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen" - Chorus I/II: "Sind Blitze, sind Donner"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.28 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und siehe, einer aus denen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One: No.29 Choral: "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.30 Aria (Alto, Chorus II): "Ach nun ist mein Jesu hin"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.31 Evangelist: "Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.32 Choral: "Mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.33 Evangelist, Pontifex, Testis I/II: "Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.34 Recitative (Tenor): "Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.35 Aria (Tenor): "Geduld"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.36 Evangelist, Pontifex, Jesus, Chorus I/II: "Und der Hohepriester antwortete"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.37 Choral: "Wer hat dich so geschlagen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.38 Evangelist, Ancilla I/II, Petrus, Chorus II: "Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.39 Aria (Alto): "Erbarme dich"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.40 Choral: "Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.41 Evangelist, Judas, Chorus I/II, Pontifex I/II: "Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.42 Aria (Bass): "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.43 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus: "Sie hielten aber einen Rat"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.44 Choral: "Befiehl du deine Wege"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.45 Evangelist, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chorus I/II: "Auf das Fest aber hatte der Landpfleger Gewohnheit"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.46 Choral: "Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.47 Evangelist, Pilatus: "Der Landpfleger sagte"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.48 Recitative (Soprano): "Er hat uns allen wohlgetan"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: No.49 Aria (Soprano): "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben"

Customer Reviews

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 Top-notch performance April 15, 2012 By Jerry K. P. (Pine Level, AL) See All My Reviews "This is one of the best German performances I have heard." Report Abuse
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