Bach: Saint Matthew Passion

Posted on Aug 9, 2006

Johann Sebastian Bach: Saint Matthew Passion

Program notes by Eric Chafe (Cantata Singers)

Program notes by David Gordon (from his Web site)

Article by Bernard D. Sherman (from Early Music America)
(on historically informed performance practice, with reviews of selected recordings)

German text and English translation (PDF)

CD Recordings

Historically informed (following Baroque performance practice):

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, London Oratory Junior Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Archiv (1988)
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon (with audio clips)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schönberg Choir, Concentus Musicus Wien, Teldec (2000)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra & Chorus, Knabenchor der Kathedrale St Bavo, Haarlem, Teldec (1985)
(Out of print)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent, Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino, Harmonia Mundi (1998) (includes interactive CD-ROM)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale Chorus & Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, Choeur D’enfants “In Dulci Jubilo,” Harmonia Mundi (1984)
(Out of print)

Erhard & Rudolf Mauersberger, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig Classics/Berlin Classics (1970)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players, Archiv (19) (one voice per part)
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon (with audio clips)

Helmuth Rilling, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Hänssler (1994)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Johannes Somary, Ambrosian Singers, Desborough School Boys’ Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vanguard (1977)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, Bis (1999)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Modern (“traditional”) (not informed by modern scholarship on Baroque performance practice):

Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Boys of Hampstead Parish Church Choir, EMI (1961)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)
Recording info. at CDConnection.com (with audio clips)

Fritz Lehmann, Großer Chor des Berliner Rundfunks, Boys’ Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orhestra, Vox/Pantheon/Music & Arts/Dante (1949)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

Karl Richter, Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra, Munich Choir Boys, Deutsche Grammophon (1958)
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon (with audio clips)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, London (1987)
Recording info. at Amazon.com

Mögens Wöldike, Shottenstrift Boys Choir, Wiener Kammerchor, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vanguard Classics, 1959
Recording info. at Amazon.com (with audio clips)

CD Reviews

by Teri Noel Towe at Bach Cantatas Web site
(critical discography of recordings up to 1989)

by Bernard D. Sherman
(article on performance practice and reviews of selected recordings)

by David Hurwitz at ClassicsToday (Herreweghe 1998)

by David Hurwitz at ClassicsToday (Herreweghe 1984)

by David Hurwitz at ClassicsToday (Suzuki)

by Michael Jameson at Classics Today (Klemperer)

by Michael Jameson at Classics Today (Richter)

by Graeme Kay at BBC (McCreesh)

by Brian Robins at Andante (Herreweghe 1998, 1984)

by Raymond Tuttle at Classical Net (Suzuki)

discussion of Wöldike recording on bach-cantatas.com

Composer’s Biography

BaroqueMusic.org Web site

Grove Concise Dictionary of Music

OnlineClassical.org Web site

Timothy A. Smith’s Web site


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