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    For a "traditional" recording, my choice would be Karl Münchinger's recording with Peter Pears as Evangelist and Hermann Prey as Christus, both wonderful. Major bonuses include Tom Krause, Elly Ameling and Fritz Wunderlich singing the arias, and the orchestra and chorus are top-notch as well. Still a favourite after all these years.

    I now prefer the clarity of the "HIP" approach, though, and here we're spoilt for choice. You can't go wrong with Herreweghe, Gardiner or René Jacobs, who are well-known in the field and have produced fine recordings of the SMP. However, I've recently derived a great deal of pleasure from lesser-known conductors like Jos van Veldhoven and Peter Dijkstra, and I can recommend their recordings wholeheartedly. They're available on the "Channel Classics" and "BR Klassik" labels respectively.

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    Brand new here and to classical music, really. My main exposure to classical has been St. Matthew Passion (along with a little English choral music). Thought I'd share that last spring I first heard Herreweghe's....not even sure which one...and then compared it with Gardiner and Harnoncourt (youtube and spotify)....never giving the 'traditional' ones a shot. I'm wanting to buy a copy, so I was reading your thoughts here and decided to check out some of the older recordings. I think I am going to purchase Richter's 1958 recording, it is the one I keep going back to listen to over the last couple weeks...and maybe Gardiner's 1989, too (just because I could listen to Barbara Bonney sing the phone book). I really can't tell you what it is I like about Richter's, but it seems so dang large, powerful and dramatic? I don't have a conditioned ear or much experience, all I know is Richter's (surprisingly) appeals to me. I will admit, the vibrato is somewhat noticed at times, but I think it belongs in this one. Never thought I'd ever say that....I am your typical 'not sure I like opera singing' guy. Anyway, I think Richter and Gardiner it is.

    Thanks to all of you who are willing to share your experience and knowledge with all of us that lack it. Great resource, here.

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    I always keep coming back to this one:








    Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

    Gundala Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, Horst Laubenthal, Anton Diakov

    Wiener Singverein, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    cover.jpg

    or this one:

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    Koopman is special to me as it was the first one I owned...but I like Herreweghe a lot especially for Andreas Scholl and the beautiful choir.

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    Can anyone comment on this CD?
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    Helmuth Rilling
    It's the only St Matthews Passion I've got. I was looking to add another version possibly Herreweghe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDs View Post
    Can anyone comment on this CD?
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    Helmuth Rilling
    It's the only St Matthews Passion I've got. I was looking to add another version possibly Herreweghe.

    Can you enlarge the pic please......
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    Last edited by CDs; May-08-2017 at 05:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDs View Post
    You do know these are only highlights?
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    ^yeah I realized that when I was listening to it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDs View Post
    ^yeah I realized that when I was listening to it today.
    It's got good voices, and it's remastered ( other cover).
    So if you can live with highlights, .............go for it.
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    Probably a tie between Gustav Leonhardt (DHM) and Hermann Max (Capriccio).
    I think that probably Leonhardt offers the best balanced and 'baroque Lutheran service-like' Matthäus (whatever that may be ).
    But unfortunately countertenor René Jacobs lost his best form during the 1980s, which is audible.
    The completely non-artificial yet very involved performance of "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" in Max's recording (sung by Lena Susanne Norin) still sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience to me. And the entire performance is very good, too: swiftly paced, yet never hasty.

    Oh, and FWIW, my favourite Evangelist isn't Karl Erb, but Kurt Equiluz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    I always keep coming back to this one:








    Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

    Gundala Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, Horst Laubenthal, Anton Diakov

    Wiener Singverein, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
    Certainly a remarkable performance based on years of conducting the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Certainly a remarkable performance based on years of conducting the work.
    To me it sound more like a opera sometimes.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    This is the greatest rendition I've ever heard, and among the most substantial Classical recordings ever, of any work:
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    This is the greatest rendition I've ever heard, and among the most substantial Classical recordings ever, of any work:
    If only they left Scholl out.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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