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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Schreier, Adam, Vogel et al.; Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig; Mauersberger

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  1. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 1, Chorus. "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen" $0.69 on iTunes
  2. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 2, Recitative. "Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  3. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 3, Chorale. "Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 4, Recitative. "Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester" (Evangelist) – "Ja nicht auf das Fest" [Chorus] – " $0.69 on iTunes
  5. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 5, Recitative. "Du lieber Heiland du" (Alto) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 6, Aria. "Buß und Reu" (Alto) $0.69 on iTunes
  7. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 7, Recitative. "Da ging hin der Zwölfen" (Evangelist, Judas) $0.69 on iTunes
  8. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 8, Aria. "Blute nur, du liebes Herz!" (Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  9. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 9, Recitative. "Aber am ersten Tage der süßen Brot" (Evangelist) – "Wo willst du, daß wir dir bereiten" [C $0.69 on iTunes
  10. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 11, Recitative. "Er antwortete und sprach" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  11. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 12, Recitative. "Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt" (Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  12. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 13, Aria. "Ich will dir mein Herze schenken" (Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 14, Recitative. "Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  14. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 15, Chorale. "Erkenne mich, mein Hüter" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  15. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 16, Recitative. "Petrus aber antwortete und sprach zu ihm" (Evangelist, Jesus, Petrus) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 17, Chorale. "Ich will hier bei dir stehen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  17. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 18, Recitative. "Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  18. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 20, Aria With Chorus. "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen" (Tenor, Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  19. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 21, Recitative. "Und ging hin ein wenig" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  20. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 22, Recitative. "Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder" (Bass) $0.69 on iTunes
  21. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 23, Aria. "Gerne will ich mich bequemen" (Bass) $0.69 on iTunes
  22. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 24, Recitative. "Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  23. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 26, Recitative. "Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend" (Evangelist, Jesus, Judas) $0.69 on iTunes
  24. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 27, Aria With Chorus. "So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen" (Soprano, Alto, Chorus) – "Sind Blitze, sind Donner in $0.69 on iTunes
  25. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 28, Recitative. "Und siehe, einer aus denen" (Evangelist, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  26. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1: No. 29, Chorale. "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  27. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 30, Aria With Chorus. "Ach! nun ist mein Jesus hin!" (Alto, Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  28. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 31, Recitative. "Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten" (Evangelist) $0.69 on iTunes
  29. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 33, Recitative. "Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten" (Evangelist, Caiaphas, Witnesses I & II) $0.69 on iTunes
  30. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 34, Recitative. "Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille" (Tenor) $0.69 on iTunes
  31. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 35, Aria. Geduld! (Tenor) $0.69 on iTunes
  32. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 36, Recitative. "Und der Hohepriester antwortete und sprach zu ihm" (Evangelist, Caiaphas, Jesus) – "Er ist d $0.69 on iTunes
  33. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 37, Chorale. "Wer hat dich so geschlagen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  34. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 38, Recitative. "Petrus aber saß draußen im Palast" (Evangelist, Maidens I & II, Petrus) – "Wahrlich, du bi $0.69 on iTunes
  35. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 39, Aria. "Erbarme dich" (Alto) $0.69 on iTunes
  36. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 40, Chorale. "Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  37. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 41, Recitative. "Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester" (Evangelist, Judas) – "Was gehet uns das an?" [C $0.69 on iTunes
  38. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 42, Aria. "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder!" (Bass) $0.69 on iTunes
  39. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 43, Recitative Sie hielten aber einen Rat (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus) $0.69 on iTunes
  40. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 44, Chorale. "Befiehl du deine Wege" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  41. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 46, Chorale. "Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe!" (Chorus) $0.69 on iTunes
  42. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 47, Recitative. "Der Landpfleger sagte" (Evangelist, Pilatus) $0.69 on iTunes
  43. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 48, Recitative. "Er hat uns allen wohlgetan" (Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  44. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 49, Aria. "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben" (Soprano) $0.69 on iTunes
  45. J.S. Bach — Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 50, Recitative. "Sie schrieen aber noch mehr" (Evangelist) – "Laß ihn kreuzigen!" [Chorus] – "Da aber Pila $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

J.S. Bach's "great" passion was like nothing the city of Leipzig had seen before: composed on a vast scale with two choirs and a doubled orchestra, its large canvas and dramatic nature was a great contrast to the simple chanted passions of the previous decade. Tradition dictated that the 'musical Passion' was performed during the vesper service on the afternoon of Good Friday, and Bach's setting from St Matthew's Gospel followed his own St John Passion from two years earlier as well as an impressive legacy of Passion settings written by previous cantors. The year of its premiere cannot be established with complete certainty: while 1729 was the accepted date for many years, it is now widely thought that the work must have been first performed in the Thomaskirche in 1727. The Leipzig-based poet known as Picander was responsible for dividing the words of the Gospel into 15 "acts" based on the progress of events, and rounded off each set with a meditation. One might easily believe at first sight that the focus is on the original biblical text, but Bach's musical setting shifts the centre of gravity towards the poet's insertions in which the daughter of Zion, Mary and the faithful soul add a contemplative aspect. Bach sets these texts in a variety of forms, not only through the use of recitative and aria movements (borrowed from the operatic world), but also through the extensive use of chorales (with which the congregation may have joined in) as well as polyphonic choruses sung by the choir. This historic recording marks the artistic peak of two choral legends of the past century: Rudolf Mauersberger, who was director of the Dresden Kreuzchor, and his brother Erhard, the fourteenth Kantor of the Thomanerchor of Leipzig since the great composer himself, who occupied the same role. Here they join forces with renowned soloists, including the highly esteemed tenor Peter Schreier in the role of Evangelist, to perform Bach's masterpiece. Following its initial release in 1975, Gramophone reviewed the recording favorably: "... the excellence of soloists, choir and obbligato instrumentalists (a superb gamba and oboe da caccia) and, above all, the profound understanding shown by the conductor, make this a most moving interpretation."

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
After a ponderous opening Schreier's Evangelist brings the dramatic narrative to life, despite reverentially-paced chorales and some leaden-footed arias.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
A valuable release, then, part of a Leipzig tradition that we can trace back through Mendelssohn to Bach himself. This set can certainly be recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (01/1970/02/1970).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Conductor: Rudolf Mauersberger
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Running Time: 168 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736