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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion; Mass in B minor / Schlick, Wessel, Prégardien, De Mey, Turk; Mertens

Notes & Reviews:

Written in 1727 for solo voices, double choir, and double orchestra, Bach's St. Matthew's Passion is one of Bach most revered compositions, and is no undertaking for the musically faint of heart. This new release under Erato Record (Warner Classics) features Tin Koopman conducting the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with solos by Guy de Mey, Peter Kooy, Barbara Schlick, Kai Wessel, Christoph Prégardien, and Klaus Mertens.

"Ton Koopman has summoned a notably impressive gathering of baroque specialists for his new recording of Bach's St Matthew Passion... Among the brightest constellations in Koopman's Si Matthew Passion is the tenor Guy de Mey (Evangelist) whose lightly articulated, comfortably produced sound and narrative style bring the role to life in the manner of a good story-teller. Peter Kooy on the same high interpretative level gives a sensitively shaded, clearly projected account of Christus... As we have come to expect from Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra the standard of playing is uniformly high." -Gramophone (On The St. Matthew Passion)

"This Koopman set has nothing really to fear from the competition... Koopman’s chorus and orchestra are as good as any, at least as far as I’ve sampled, and except for the odd reservation, these two performances can be confidently recommended." -MusicWeb-International


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