JS Bach - St Matthew Passion | BIS BIS2500

JS Bach - St Matthew Passion

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2500

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th February 2020

Contents

Artists

Benjamin Bruns (tenor)
Christian Immler (bass)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Aki Matsui (soprano)
Damien Guillon (countertenor)
Clint van der Linde (countertenor)
Makoto Sakurada (tenor)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Toru Kaku (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan

Conductor

Masaaki Suzuki

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Artists

Benjamin Bruns (tenor)
Christian Immler (bass)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Aki Matsui (soprano)
Damien Guillon (countertenor)
Clint van der Linde (countertenor)
Makoto Sakurada (tenor)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
Toru Kaku (bass)
Bach Collegium Japan

Conductor

Masaaki Suzuki

About

Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan made their first recording of the St Matthew Passion in March 1999. Twenty years later, in April 2019, it was time once again, as the singers and players gathered in the concert hall of the Saitama Arts Theater in Japan. ĎA profound joyí is how Masaaki Suzuki describes his emotion at the opportunity to record Bachís great fresco of Christís Passion for a second time. And this time, he and his ensemble have brought with them into the concert hall a profound and collective familiarity with Bachís choral music, after having recorded more or less all of it in the meantime, including the complete sacred cantatas.

For his Evangelist, Suzuki has selected the young German tenor Benjamin Bruns, making his first appearance on BIS. Among the other soloists are familiar names including Carolyn Sampson, Damien Guillon, Makoto Sakurada and Christian Immler.

Reviews

Suzukiís vibrantly conceived vision extends to open-shouldered and passionately projected choral contributions, the lived-in storytelling of the burnished Evangelist of Benjamin Bruns (Peterís denial is like a dagger to the heart), the switches between human frailty and febrile physicality of Christian Immlerís Jesus and Suzukiís winning attribute of giving the music air and momentum at the same time. As a result, the ritual of each tableau and its reflective suite of arias is given genuinely memorable character. Ö If Bachians have found Suzukiís performances a touch imperturbable on occasion, this recording throws down the gauntlet on almost every level. A revelatory reading of an eminent Bach interpreter in his prime.  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone April 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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