J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947579878
  • Catalog Number: 000799202
  • Sales rank: 40,029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–78 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b) - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (188:09)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byDavid Willcocks
    Performed byDavid Willcocks, Bach Choir, Alfreda Hodgson, Neil Jenkins, Felicity Lott, Thames Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Roberts
    1. 1Part I. No. 1. Chorus. Come, ye daughters, share my mourning
    2. 2Part I. No. 2. Recitative. When Jesus had completed all these sayings
    3. 3Part I. No. 3. Chorale. O blessed Jesu, how hast thou offended
    4. 4Part I. No. 4. Recitative. At that time there assembled the chief priests
    5. 5Part I. No. 5. Chorus. Not upon the feast
    6. 6Part I. No. 6. Recitative. Now when Jesus was in Bethany
    7. 7Part I. No. 7. Chorus. To what purpose is this waste?
    8. 8Part I. No. 8. Recitative. When Jesus understood it
    9. 9Part I. No. 9. Recitative. My Master and my Lord
    10. 10Part I. No. 10. Aria. Grief for sin
    11. 11Part I. No. 11. Recitative. Then went one of the disciples
    12. 12Part I. No. 12. Aria. Break in grief, thou loving heart
    13. 13Part I. No. 13. Recitative. Now on the first day of the unleavened bread
    14. 14Part I. No. 14. Chorus. Where wilt thou
    15. 15Part I. No. 15. Recitative with Chorus. He said, Go to one in the city yonder
    16. 16Part I. No. 16. Chorale. 'Tis I, whose sins have bound thee
    17. 17Part I. No. 17. Recitative. He answere them and said
    18. 18Part I. No. 18. Recitative. Although our eyes with tears o'erflow
    19. 19Part I. No. 19. Aria. Jesus, Saviour, I am thine
    20. 20Part I. No. 20. Recitative. And after they had sung a hymn together
    21. 21Part I. No. 21. Chorale. Receive me, my Redeemer
    22. 22Part I. No. 22. Recitative. Simon Peter made answer
    23. 23Part I. No. 23. Chorale. Here would I stand beside thee
    24. 24Part I. No. 24. Recitative. Then came Jesus with them
    25. 25Part I. No. 25. Solo with Chorus. O grief! how throbs his heavy-laden breast!
    26. 26Part I. No. 26. Solo with Chorus. I would beside my Lord be watching
    27. 27Part I. No. 27. Recitative. And he went away
    28. 28Part I. No. 28. Recitative. The Saviour, low before his Father bending
    29. 29Part I. No. 29. Aria. Gladly would I take upon me
    30. 30Part I. No. 30. Recitative. And he came to his disciples
    31. 31Part I. No. 31. Chorale. O Father, let thy will be done
    32. 32Part I. No. 32. Recitative. And he came again and found them sleeping
    33. 33Part I. No. 33. Duet with Chorus. Behold, my Saviour now is taken
    34. 34Part I. No. 34. Recitative. And behold, one of the others
    35. 35Part I. No. 35. Chorus. O man thy grievous sin bemoan
    36. 36Part II. No. 36. Aria with Chorus. Ah! now is my Saviour gone
    37. 37Part II. No. 37. Recitative. And they that had laid hold on Jesus
    38. 38Part II. No. 38. Chorale. How falsely doth the world accuse!
    39. 39Part II. No. 39. Recitative. Yea, though many lying witnesses came forward
    40. 40Part II. No. 40. Recitative. He holds his peace
    41. 41Part II. No. 41. Aria. Endure, endure
    42. 42Part II. No. 42. Recitative with Chorus. And the high priest answered, and said unto him
    43. 43Part II. No. 43. Recitative with Chorus. And then with one accord did they spit in his face
    44. 44Part II. No. 44. Chorale. O Lord, who dares to smite thee
    45. 45Part II. No. 45. Recitative with Chorus. Simon Peter sat outside in the court
    46. 46Part II. No. 46. Recitative. And then began he to curse and to swear
    47. 47Part II. No. 47. Aria. Have mercy, Lord, on me
    48. 48Part II. No. 48. Chorale. Lamb of God, I fall before thee
    49. 49Part II. No. 49. Recitative with Chorus. Now when the morning came
    50. 50Part II. No. 50. Recitative. And he cast the silver pieces down in the temple
    51. 51Part II. No. 51. Aria. Give, O give me back my Lord
    52. 52Part II. No. 52. Recitative. And they took counsel together
    53. 53Part II. No. 53. Chorale. Commit thy way to Jesus
    54. 54Part II. No. 54. Recitative with Chorus. At that feast then
    55. 55Part II. No. 55. Chorale. O wondrous love, that suffers this correction!
    56. 56Part II. No. 56. Recitative. The governor answered
    57. 57Part II. No. 57. Recitative. To all men Jesus good hath done
    58. 58Part II. No. 58. Aria. For love my Saviour now is dying
    59. 59Part II. No. 59. Recitative with Chorus. But they cried out the more
    60. 60Part II. No. 60. Recitative. O gracious God!
    61. 61Part II. No. 61. Aria. If my tears be unaviling
    62. 62Part II. No. 62. Recitative with Chorus. And then did the soldiers of the governor
    63. 63Part II. No. 63. Chorale. O sacred head surrounded
    64. 64Part II. No. 64. Recitative. And after they had mocked at him
    65. 65Part II. No. 65. Recitative. In truth, to bear the cross
    66. 66Part II. No. 66. Aria. Come, healing cross
    67. 67Part II. No. 67. Recitative with Chorus. And when they came unto the place
    68. 68Part II. No. 68. Recitative. The same was cast in his teeth by the robbers
    69. 69Part II. No. 69. Recitative. Ah, Golgotha! Unhappy Golgotha!
    70. 70Part II. No. 70. Aria with Chorus. See ye! See the Saviour's outstretched hands!
    71. 71Part II. No. 71. Recitative with Chorus. Now from the sixth hour
    72. 72Part II. No. 72. Chorale. Be near me, Lord, when dying
    73. 73Part II. No. 73. Recitative with Chorus. And then, behold, the veil of the temple
    74. 74Part II. No. 74. Recitative. At evening, hour of calm and peace
    75. 75Part II. No. 75. Aria. Make thee clean, my heart, from sin
    76. 76Part II. No. 76. Recitative with Chorus. And Joseph took the body
    77. 77Part II. No. 77. Recitative with Chorus. And now the Lord to rest is laid
    78. 78Part II. No. 78. Chorus. In tears of grief
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