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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Album Summary

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

Following on the Netherlands Bach Society's successful boxed sets of JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion and B minor Mass in deluxe, collector's edition packages, Channel Classics presents a new and very special release of J.S. Bach's beloved St. Matthew Passion. Once again, the project is a collaboration with the Catharijne Convent Museum of Utrecht, which holds the largest collection of liturgical art in the Netherlands. Selections from the museum's masterpieces accompany the set in a richly illustrated book, allowing the listener to experience the Passion both in music and images. Channel's Hybrid SACD recording is a stunning multi-channel audio experience, which is heard to particularly great effect in the double chorus and double orchestra sections of the work.

"Jos van Veldhoven, who's proven himself on so many other recordings of major Bach works... makes excellent decisions here, from his choice of performing forces to his execution of tempo in the choruses and chorales and in the styling of the recits, niftily recognizing the work's dramatic power while embracing a reverence for its refined musical elements and spiritual message... this exceptionally well balanced, thoughtfully paced reading, vividly brought to life by the performers and recording team, deserves a place among the reference versions. And again, the packaging is stunning and a treat in itself--in all, a collector's dream, a listener's treasure. " -ClassicsToday (10/10)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grote Kerk, Naarden, the Netherlands (04/2010).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Performers: Amaryllis Dieltiens; Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Julian Podger (Tenor); Gerd Türk (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jos Veldhoven
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736