- St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b) - Johann Sebastian Bach - David Willcocks - Richard Adeney - Bach Choir - John Bacon - William Bennett - Boys of the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir - Alfreda Hodgson - Neil Jenkins - Felicity Lott - Adam Skeaping - John Trontbeck - Charles Tunnell - Alexa Turpin - Lorraine Wood - Lorraine Wood - Michael Dobson - Michael Dobson - Roger Garland - Thames Chamber Orchestra - Stephen Roberts - Darren Rumney - Richard Dobson - Eric Gill
J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passionby David Willcocks
This performance of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" is sung in English and played on modern instrument. If that bothers you, don't bother checking out this recording. If it doesn't bother you, and you like the idea of a heartrending, awe-inspiring, and profoundly moving performance of Bach's sacred dramatic masterpiece, by all means, try this recording. David Willcocks, the dean of English choral conductors, leads the combined forces of the Bach Choir, the Boys' Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Thames Chamber Orchestra along with six A-list British soloists in a deeply human, intensely spiritual, and amazingly dramatic performance of the work. But if you worry that modern flutes and updated English horns, or a round-toned chorus and warm-toned chorus, or a language you can readily comprehend might diminish your edification and enjoyment, don't bother with this recording. One might, of course, legitimately complain that some of the soloists take getting used to -- and Alfreda Hodgson's chesty alto will surely be a stiff dose for those not accustomed to English altos -- but, for those with an open ear, no more of an adjustment than understanding what's going on without a translation. Decca's 1979 late stereo sound is transparent but present, translucent but vivid.
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Performance CreditsDavid Willcocks Primary Artist
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