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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Gura, Fink, Jacobs

Bach / Gura / Fink / Lehtipuu / Wolff / Jacobs
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 802156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio TrumpyWerner GüraBernarda FinkTopi Lehtipuu,   ... 
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber ChorusAcademy for Ancient Music BerlinBerlin State And Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 in Read 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'.

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"***** (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

1. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio Trumpy (Tenor), Werner Güra (Tenor), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano),
Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor), Konstantin Wolff (Baritone)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Berlin State And Cathedral Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 The Best St. Matthew Passion January 12, 2014 By 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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