Bach: Matthaus Passion Herreweghe

Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (1989)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Consortium musicum, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 74:10+73:47+48:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CZS 7 62588 2 | Recorded: 1968

Among traditional modern-instrument versions of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Wolfgang Gönnenwein’s 1968 recording has a lot to offer. Not least is the excellent choral singing from top to bottom. The texts are always clear, and the pacing for the chorales is governed by the story’s dramatic unfolding. You can’t help but be hooked by Evangelist Theo Altmeyer’s warm tone and vivid portrayal, complemented by Franz Crass’ sonorous, touching Jesus. What a joy it is to hear Teresa Zylis-Gara, Julia Hamari, and Hermann Prey at the peak of their respective powers. Tenor Nicolai Gedda is heard to better advantage with Gönnenwein than in Otto Klemperer’s recording, where he struggled with that conductor’s craggy tempos. The orchestra plays beautifully, and the engineering does full justice to Bach’s antiphonal interplay. All the recitatives are accompanied by rather dutiful chordal backing from the organ and cello (Bach adds a “halo” of strings, of course, whenever Jesus opens his mouth). A harpsichordist with a bent for improvisation would have spruced up the texture. Lovers of great Bach singing, however, will treasure this release.
(Jed Distler)
Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - J.S.Bach: Matthaus-Passion [1999]

J.S.Bach - Matthäus-Passion (Philippe Herreweghe) [1999]
Classical | Harmonia Mundi HMC 901676.78 | TT: 161.22 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 634 Mb

Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental St. Matthew Passion was first performed on Good Friday in 1727 at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. It is the largest single composition Bach ever wrote, both in terms of length and in terms of instrumental and vocal forces. It requires two choruses, two orchestras, four vocal soloists for the arias and vocal soloists for each of the various character parts. Philippe Herreweghe's 1999 recording of Bach's masterpiece features a stellar cast and was a perennial catalog bestseller.
Ivan Fischer, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2013)

Iván Fischer, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2013)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23967 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 172 min | 36,5 GB
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 2044 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 172 min | 9,33 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: German, English, French, Spanish, Japanese

This 2012 recording of the most influential and wide spread oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach features the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer, a visionary in his field, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. The double choir is the essential musical aspect on which Iván Fischer’s interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is based. Only by consistently seizing on that duality will all the complementary layers stand out as they should. He describes this essential fundamental aspect as follows: “You can’t do the St. Matthew in an unreligious way. The only approach is from a deep, universally religious feeling.
Georg Christoph Biller, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Thomanerchor Leipzig - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Georg Christoph Biller, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Thomanerchor Leipzig - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25939 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 164 min | 41,3 Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3752 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Accentus Music | Sub: German, English, French, Korean

The renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, which boasts J. S. Bach as a former cantor, celebrates its 800th anniversary with an extraordinary interpretation of the St. Matthew Passion. The Guardian praised how the harmonic lines interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating and working together. This Accentus Music production is the only audio-visual release of Bachs St. Matthew Passion, performed by the choir for which it was written, in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where the composer worked and is buried.

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Günter Ramin (1941)  Music

Posted by btz39 at May 23, 2008
J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Günter Ramin (1941)

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Günter Ramin - 1941
Classical | APE+CUE (separated) | 2 Cd, Covers | 489 Mb

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Leusink  Music

Posted by btz39 at May 18, 2008
J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Leusink

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Pieter Jan Leusink
Classical | APE+CUE (separated) | 3 Cd, Covers | 608 Mb
J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Furtwangler (two versions - RarE !)

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Wilhelm Furtwängler
Classical | MP3+CUE, MP3+Tracklist | 5 Cd, Covers | 310 Mb

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Ton Koopman  Music

Posted by btz39 at May 10, 2008
J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Ton Koopman

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Ton Koopman
Classical | FLAC+CUE | 2 Cd, Cover, Booklet | 682 Mb

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - John Eliot Gardiner  Music

Posted by btz39 at May 8, 2008
J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - John Eliot Gardiner

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - John Eliot Gardiner
Classical | APE+CUE | 3 Cd, Cover, Booklet | 575 Mb

J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Otto Klemperer  Music

Posted by btz39 at April 30, 2008
J.S. Bach Matthaus Passion BWV 244 - Otto Klemperer

J.S.Bach Matthaus-Passion BWV 244 - Otto Klemperer
Classical | APE+CUE | 3 Cd, Cover, Booklet | 926 Mb