JS Bach - St Matthew Passion | SDG SDG725

JS Bach - St Matthew Passion

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Label: SDG

Cat No: SDG725

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th March 2017

Contents

Artists

James Gilchrist (tenor)
Stephan Loges (bass)
Hannah Morrison (soprano)
Zoe Brookshaw (soprano)
Charlotte Ashley (soprano)
Reginald Mobley (alto)
Eleanor Minney (alto)
Hugo Hymas (tenor)
Ashley Riches (bass)
Alex Ashworth (bass)
Jonathan Sells (bass)
Monteverdi Choir
Trinity Boys Choir
English Baroque Soloists

Conductor

John Eliot Gardiner

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Artists

James Gilchrist (tenor)
Stephan Loges (bass)
Hannah Morrison (soprano)
Zoe Brookshaw (soprano)
Charlotte Ashley (soprano)
Reginald Mobley (alto)
Eleanor Minney (alto)
Hugo Hymas (tenor)
Ashley Riches (bass)
Alex Ashworth (bass)
Jonathan Sells (bass)
Monteverdi Choir
Trinity Boys Choir
English Baroque Soloists

Conductor

John Eliot Gardiner

About

A new live recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion, BWV 244), recorded in Pisa Cathedral during the Anima Mundi Festival as part of the Monteverdi Choir’s 2016 tour.

As well as the full sung texts, the booklet includes both a programme note by Sir John Eliot Gardiner as well as his tour notes: written both before and during their 6-month international tour – which began in Valencia in March and concluded with this performance in Pisa on 22 September – these include diary entries and notes given during rehearsals or sent in the aftermath of concerts to the performers (who were performing from memory).

All notes and texts are included in English, German and French translations.

Reviews

The choir are excellent, of course, with a solid but clear and intimate sound even in the larger choruses, no end of expressive means in the chorales, and a thrilling quickness in the crowd choruses. Gardiner asks for a lot of quiet singing from them and they execute it with superbly controlled beauty. The orchestra is as skilled and musical as you like in their obbligatos, and exquisitely responsive to Gardiner’s subtle shapings – the string accompaniments to Christus’s recitatives, for instance, normally thought of as ‘haloes’, have never sounded so alert to the meaning of the Word. ... In his booklet-note Gardiner repeats his assertion that Bach’s great skill as an artist lay in his ability to write music with supreme power to console, and it is clear that this is what he has looked for here. That his considerable experience has enabled him to find it in such a thoughtfully moulded, expertly executed and deeply committed reading, so honestly communicative of its intent and so free of self-conscious monumentalism, sententiousness or melodramatics, is why I believe it to be one of his finest achievements.  Lindsay Kemp (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone April 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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