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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMike View Post
    Thoughts on the latest Suzuki recording? Anybody heard it yet?
    Listening now on Spotify - excellent so far, although I wish that Suzuki hadn’t used a countertenor...

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    At your peril, don't miss Peter Schreier's 1984 version, it features Lucia Popp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    My favorite St. Matthew is Herreweghe's first set on Harmonia Mundi - great drama, pacing and vocal contributions.
    I'm listening to this one today - I haven't done so for at least fifteen years - and am reminded of just how great it is. Yes, it's HIP, but Herreweghe doesn't shortchange the drama and solemnity. While I normally dislike countertenors in this music, for some reason, I find Rene Jacobs less objectionable than most.

    My only quibble is about production. Part One could have easily fit onto the first CD, and shouldn't have been broken up in the interest of making three roughly equal CD's timewise.

    Highly recommended if you can find it. It seems to have been superceded by Herreweghe's second recording, which I don't like as much.
    Last edited by wkasimer; Mar-17-2020 at 14:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    I'm listening to this one today - I haven't done so for at least fifteen years - and am reminded of just how great it is. Yes, it's HIP, but Herreweghe doesn't shortchange the drama and solemnity. While I normally dislike countertenors in this music, for some reason, I find Rene Jacobs less objectionable than most.

    My only quibble is about production. Part One could have easily fit onto the first CD, and shouldn't have been broken up in the interest of making three roughly equal CD's timewise.

    Highly recommended if you can find it. It seems to have been superceded by Herreweghe's second recording, which I don't like as much.
    Yes I have this version too. Superb with Howard Crook sounding other-worldly as the evangelist. There are of course many ways of doing this work but this is one of the best

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    I wish this thread was merged with:

    Recommend a St. Matthew Passion recording

    Do you Bach and BWV 244 lovers agree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    I wish this thread was merged with:

    Recommend a St. Matthew Passion recording

    Do you Bach and BWV 244 lovers agree?
    Sure, if there's a way to do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sad Al View Post
    At your peril, don't miss Peter Schreier's 1984 version, it features Lucia Popp
    I'll back you at this one .
    Last edited by Rogerx; Mar-25-2020 at 13:02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Sure, if there's a way to do it....
    I just sent Krummhorn a PM.

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    I’ve gotten along well with Gardiner’s 1989 (actually recorded in 1988) version for almost 30 years. Fantastic choirs and I love Anne Sophie von Otter and Olaf Bär in particular. As I mentioned in the Baroque on Youtube thread, I recently found this amazing performance by the “Thomaner” (Thomanenchor) and Leipzig Gewandthaus:


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    The recording that I first listened to and still listen to is the Rene Jacobs recording from 2013. I like the sound quality and I think it is well conducted. I have never listened to an "old school" recording, but I am willing to give it a try. Here is my favorite part of the Passion from the Jacobs recording:



    Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand,
    See Jesus had stretched out his hands

    Uns zu fassen, ausgespannt,
    To embrace us,

    Kommt! - Wohin? - in Jesu Armen
    Come! - where? -in Jesus's arms

    Sucht Erlösung, nehmt Erbarmen,
    Seek redemption, receive mercy,

    Suchet! - Wo? - in Jesu Armen.
    Seek! - where? -in Jesus's arms.

    Lebet, sterbet, ruhet hier,
    Live, die, rest here,

    Ihr verlass'nen Küchlein ihr,
    You forsaken chicks,

    Bleibet - Wo? - in Jesu Armen.
    Remain -where? -in Jesus's arms.

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