Bach St Matthew Passion

Bach St Matthew Passion

Deborah York (soprano), Julia Gooding (soprano),

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano),

Mark Padmore (tenor), James Gilchrist (tenor),

Peter Harvey (bass), Stephan Loges (bass)

Gabrieli Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

The first recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion to be sung with single voices rather than a chorus.

Excerpt: Chorus, “Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder”

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“His latest recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion places his work up for comparison with everyone from Furtwängler and Klemperer to Harnoncourt and Gardiner.”Early Music Today

“It’s a stunning interpretation of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Players under Paul McCreesh… It’s glorious, uplifting, noble and just the thing to listen to.”Sunday Telegraph

“With this recording no ears are going to silt up with boredom… Magdalena Kozená glories in her aria ‘Erbarme dich’… McCreesh knows exactly where he’s going and why: this is a tight, clean Matthew Passion, exactly right for an age wary of heavyweight piety. I found it most refreshing.”The Times

“The singers are magnificent as a team, and the effect, when combined with the sleek and nimble performances of the instrumentalists, can be gripping — giving us a radical idea of what this piece, in its purest form, may really be.”New Yorker

DG Archiv

0289 474 2002 6 2 CDs

March 2003