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    I only have three at the moment & prefer the Herreweghe.





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    Annie, your Herreweghe looks like the one without Ian Bostridge in it Go find that one, it is a real killer disc!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfibius View Post
    Annie, your Herreweghe looks like the one without Ian Bostridge in it Go find that one, it is a real killer disc!
    Thanks for the info. I probably will get another CD but at the moment I don't want to listen to any version because I want to keep what I saw in my memory for as long as I can.
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    Peter Sellars and SMP.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Peter Sellars and SMP.
    Thanks Vaneyes but I'll have to watch with the screen turned off as Peter Sellars' hair irritates me so much. Why does he insist on looking such a prat??
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    I don't really agree the first Herreweghe is that good. It is a little too empty of drama, and it's one of the worst recordings of René Jacobs singing, he is really off key (funny because the Leonhardt version is one of the best by Jacobs).

    My favorite versions would be :
    1. Harnoncourt I : I never get tired of it, a sense of drama, a theatracality I can't find anywhere else, this is THE Passion to know
    2. Leonhardt : wonderful ensemble and singers, a reference in its style, but I find it a little too "cold"
    3. Harnoncourt II : a little less daring than the first ones (and without the boys voices it is a little less remarkable), but it could be considered as the modern reference

    But let's not forget Herreweghe II (better drama than in the first version), Koopman (not bad at all, it's a shame he is so easily forgotten), McCreesh (interesting 1vpp)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Thanks Vaneyes but I'll have to watch with the screen turned off as Peter Sellars' hair irritates me so much. Why does he insist on looking such a prat??
    Mine probably looks like that most mornings (a little grayer), but I'm not on camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Mine probably looks like that most mornings (a little grayer), but I'm not on camera.


    Yes but yours is accidental & understandable, his is deliberate
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    Interesting review of St Matthew Passion from a non-Christian.

    I'm not religious but that didn't prevent me from having a wonderful & emotional evening.
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    A new DVD which is on my wish list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    A new DVD which is on my wish list.
    I may still prefer the old school version. The video may not be superb, but the chorus is memorable. After so many "modern" period, slim down performances, this massive force really poured out the emotion of the great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerbooks View Post
    I may still prefer the old school version. The video may not be superb, but the chorus is memorable. After so many "modern" period, slim down performances, this massive force really poured out the emotion of the great work.
    Looks interesting but this is sung in English & although English makes the work more accessible, I prefer the original language.

    If anyone can recommend a DVD sung in German & viewable world wide, I'd be grateful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Looks interesting but this is sung in English & although English makes the work more accessible, I prefer the original language.

    If anyone can recommend a DVD sung in German & viewable world wide, I'd be grateful.
    Unless my memory fails me, this DVD is definitely sung in German. Think about it: all German cast and choirs, including children, why do they use English? I don't have it at hand now (need to find it!), but Amazon has misleading information. The DVD has English menu, and subtitles, but it is sung in German.
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    This is part I of the DVD (Disc 1):


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    And here is Part II (Disc 2). You be the judge:

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