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Bach: St Matthew Passion

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
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Notes & Reviews:

In 2010, Maestro Riccardo Chailly records Johann Sebastian Bach for Decca for the very first time with 3 releases. Having conducted the illustrious Gewandhaus Orchestra since 1986, this esteemed conductor's association with Leipzig is but one year less than Bach's. Chailly's profound musicality illuminates three of Bach's large-scale masterpieces: The St. Matthew Passion, the Brandenburg Concertos and the Christmas Oratorio. This is the second release of the trilogy: a riveting and dynamic St. Matthew Passion. Played on modern instruments, Chailly's Bach beautifully demonstrates that a vivid, stylistically aware performance is not the exclusive preserve of period instrument ensembles.

" IN 2010, MAESTRO RICCARDO CHAILLY RECORDS JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH FOR DECCA FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME WITH 2 RELEASES. HE HAS CONDUCTED THE ILLUSTRIOUS GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA SINCE 1986. " RICCARDO CHAILLY'S PROFOUND MUSICALITY ILLUMINES THREE OF BACH'S LARGE-SCALE MASTERPIECES: THE ST. MATTHEW PASSION AND THE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS.PLAYED ON MODERN INSTRUMENTS, CHAILLY'S BACH BEAUTIFULLY DEMONSTRATES THAT VIVID, STYLISTICALLY AWARE PERFORMANCE IS NOT THE EXCLUSIVE PRESERVE OF PERIOD INSTRUMENT ENSEMBLES

The Times
Here's Bach's great Easter Passion straight from Bach's heartland, Leipzig, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, St Thomas's Boys Choir, and an ease of delivery that can come only when you breathe in the composer every day. Conducting, Chailly lets the music speak.

The Independent on Sunday
Riccardo Chailly's new recording nods to the weight of tradition yet the purposeful, rosy, Victorian bloom of his orchestra is lightly applied. Tempi are fleet, lilting; the attack of the local boys' choirs sharp and delicate; the voices of the soloists cool and direct.

Sunday Times
Chailly has assimilated a historically informed performing style, but his interpretation bristles with drama, thanks to the gripping narrative of his Evangelist, Johannes Chum...Yet it is the contribution of the two choirs, and Chailly's devoted conducting, that make the issue special

BBC Music Magazine
There is some accomplished solo singing, and the part of Christ is taken with...intensity by Hanno Müller-Brachmann...Thomas Quasthoff has a lovely presence

The Independent on Sunday
The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester's brilliant sound dances in Riccardo Chailly's jubilant recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral singing is lithe from the Dresdner Kammerchor. Bass Konstantin Wolff leads a well-balanced and characterful quintet of vocal soloists, with soprano Carolyn Sampson sounding peach-sweet in her arias...A joy from start to finish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (04/02/2009-04/03/2009).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Performers: Johannes Chum (Tenor); Klaus Hager (Voice); Christina Landshamer; Hanno Muller-Brachmann (Soprano); Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone); Maximilian Schmitt
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (04/02/2009-04/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 146 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736