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Thomanerchor Leipzig|Bach, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion

Bach, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion

Thomanerchor Leipzig, Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

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It's incredible that a work considered as securely at the core of the Western musical canon as J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion didn't receive a complete recording until after the Second World War, and that prior to that, unabridged performances were exceptionally rare; even Mendelssohn's momentous 1841 Leipzig performance was heavily cut, and Mendelssohn's son reported that even so, much of the audience "fled yawning before it was over." The earliest nearly complete recording was made in 1941 with Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra and Thomanernchor, and those same forces are brought together again, along with the Tölzer Knabenchor, in this 2009 performance led by Riccardo Chailly. The orchestra uses modern rather than period instruments, but Chailly is aware of the conventions of historically informed performance practice and deploys his forces with discretion, so the result is appropriately intimate, with the full forces reserved for moments like the overwhelming outbursts of the Crowd. The work is scored for two choirs and orchestras, and the use of a boy's choir highlights the contrast between the groups, a distinction that can be less distinct on recordings where two adult choirs are employed. Chailly is not particularly known as a Baroque specialist, but he brings understanding and commanding leadership to the passion and his performance is notable for its fleet sense of dramatic urgency. His many soloists are consistently impressive. Johannes Chum has the kind of light tenor stereotypically associated with the role of the Evangelist, but he handles it with exemplary conviction and sensitivity. Bass Hanno Müller-Brachman is powerful and warmly expressive as Jesus. The remaining soloists, soprano Christina Landshamer, alto Marie-Claude Chappuis, tenor Maximilian Schmitt, and basses Thomas Quasthoff (in a spectacular case of luxury casting) and Klaus Häger, are all absolutely first-rate, consistently pure of tone, with thoughtful, moving interpretations. The sound is clean, clear, and warm, with excellent definition and ambience. This recording would make a fine choice for anyone looking for a modern instrument version of this masterpiece.
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St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part One (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
No. 1 Chorus I/II: "Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:05:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

2
No. 2 Evangelist, Jesus: "Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte"
Johannes Chum
00:00:43

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

3
No. 3 Choral: "Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

4
No. 4 Evangelist, Chorus I/II, Jesus: "Da versammelten sich die Hohenpriester"
Johannes Chum
00:03:07

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

5
No. 5 Recitative (Alto): "Du lieber Heiland du"
Marie-Claude Chappuis
00:00:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

6
No. 6 Aria (Alto): "Buss und Reu"
Marie-Claude Chappuis
00:04:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

7
No. 7 Evangelist, Judas: "Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer"
Hanno Müller-Brachmann
00:00:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

8
No. 8 Aria (Soprano): "Blute nur, du liebes Herz"
Christina Landshamer
00:04:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

9
No. 9 Evangelist, Jesus:"Aber am ersten Tage der süssen Brot"
Johannes Chum
00:02:13

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

10
No. 10 Choral: "Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

11
No. 11 Evangelist, Jesus, Judas: "Er antwortete und sprach"
Johannes Chum
00:03:14

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

12
No. 12 Recitative (Soprano): "Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt"
Christina Landshamer
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

13
No. 13 Aria (Soprano): "Ich will dir mein Herz schenken"
Christina Landshamer
00:03:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

14
No. 14 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten"
Johannes Chum
00:01:20

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

15
No. 15 Choral: "Erkenne mich, mein Hüter"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

16
No. 16 Evangelist, Jesus, Petrus: "Petrus aber antwortete"
Johannes Chum
00:01:11

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

17
No. 17 Choral: "Ich will hier bei dir stehen"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

18
No. 18 Evangelist, Jesus: "Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe"
Johannes Chum
00:01:47

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

19
No. 19 Recitative (Tenor, Chorus II): "O Schmerz! hier zittert das gequälte Herz"
Maximillian Schmitt
00:01:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximillian Schmitt, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

20
No. 20 Aria (Tenor, Chorus II): "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen"
Maximillian Schmitt
00:04:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximillian Schmitt, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

21
No. 21 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und ging hin ein wenig"
Johannes Chum
00:00:44

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

22
No. 22 Recitative (Bass): "Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder"
Thomas Quasthoff
00:00:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomas Quasthoff, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

23
No. 23 Aria (Bass): "Gerne will ich mich bequemen"
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:04:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomas Quasthoff, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

24
No. 24 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern"
Johannes Chum
00:01:14

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

25
No. 25 Choral: "Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

26
No. 26 Evangelist, Jesus, Judas: "Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend"
Johannes Chum
00:02:32

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

27
No. 27 Aria (Soprano, Alto, Chorus II): "So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen" - Chorus I/II: "Sind Blitze, sind Donner"
Christina Landshamer
00:04:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

28
No. 28 Evangelist, Jesus: "Und siehe, einer aus denen"
Johannes Chum
00:02:32

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

29
No. 29 Choral: "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:05:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two (Johann Sebastian Bach)

30
No. 30 Aria (Alto, Chorus II): "Ach nun ist mein Jesu hin"
Marie-Claude Chappuis
00:03:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

31
No. 31 Evangelist: "Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten"
Johannes Chum
00:01:04

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

32
No. 32 Choral: "Mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht"
Der Tölzer Knabenchor
00:00:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

33
No. 33 Evangelist, Pontifex, Testis I/II: "Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten"
Johannes Chum
00:01:10

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomas Quasthoff, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximillian Schmitt, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

34
No. 34 Recitative (Tenor): "Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille"
Maximillian Schmitt
00:01:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximillian Schmitt, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

35
No. 35 Aria (Tenor): "Geduld! Wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen"
Maximillian Schmitt
00:03:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximillian Schmitt, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

36
No. 36 Evangelist, Pontifex, Jesus, Chorus I/II: "Und der Hohepriester antwortete"
Johannes Chum
00:02:07

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomas Quasthoff, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

37
No. 37 Choral: "Wer hat dich so geschlagen"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

DISC 2

1
No. 38 Evangelist, Ancilla I/II, Petrus, Chorus II: "Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast"
Johannes Chum
00:02:32

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

2
No. 39 Aria (Alto): "Erbarme dich"
Marie-Claude Chappuis
00:05:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Marie-Claude Chappuis, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 40 Choral: "Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:01:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 41 Evangelist, Judas, Chorus I/II, Pontifex I/II: "Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester"
Johannes Chum
00:01:51

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 42 Aria (Bass): "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder"
Thomas Quasthoff
00:02:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomas Quasthoff, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 43 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus: "Sie hielten aber einen Rat"
Johannes Chum
00:02:12

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Hanno Müller-Brachmann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 44 Choral: "Befiehl du deine Wege"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:01:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 45 Evangelist, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chorus I/II: "Auf das Fest aber hatte der Landpfleger Gewohnheit"
Johannes Chum
00:02:31

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 46 Choral: "Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe"
Thomanerchor Leipzig
00:00:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 47 Evangelist, Pilatus: "Der Landpfleger sagte"
Johannes Chum
00:00:16

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 48 Recitative (Soprano): "Er hat uns allen wohlgetan"
Christina Landshamer
00:01:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 49 Aria (Soprano): "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben"
Christina Landshamer
00:04:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Christina Landshamer, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

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No. 50 Evangelist, Chorus I/II, Pilatus: "Sie schrieen aber noch mehr"
Johannes Chum
00:01:52

Johannes Chum, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Riccardo Chailly, Conductor, MainArtist - Thomanerchor Leipzig, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Cornall, Producer, Recording Producer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Author - Klaus Häger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Der Tölzer Knabenchor, Choir, MainArtist - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eike Bohm, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Haendel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2010 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

It's incredible that a work considered as securely at the core of the Western musical canon as J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion didn't receive a complete recording until after the Second World War, and that prior to that, unabridged performances were exceptionally rare; even Mendelssohn's momentous 1841 Leipzig performance was heavily cut, and Mendelssohn's son reported that even so, much of the audience "fled yawning before it was over." The earliest nearly complete recording was made in 1941 with Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra and Thomanernchor, and those same forces are brought together again, along with the Tölzer Knabenchor, in this 2009 performance led by Riccardo Chailly. The orchestra uses modern rather than period instruments, but Chailly is aware of the conventions of historically informed performance practice and deploys his forces with discretion, so the result is appropriately intimate, with the full forces reserved for moments like the overwhelming outbursts of the Crowd. The work is scored for two choirs and orchestras, and the use of a boy's choir highlights the contrast between the groups, a distinction that can be less distinct on recordings where two adult choirs are employed. Chailly is not particularly known as a Baroque specialist, but he brings understanding and commanding leadership to the passion and his performance is notable for its fleet sense of dramatic urgency. His many soloists are consistently impressive. Johannes Chum has the kind of light tenor stereotypically associated with the role of the Evangelist, but he handles it with exemplary conviction and sensitivity. Bass Hanno Müller-Brachman is powerful and warmly expressive as Jesus. The remaining soloists, soprano Christina Landshamer, alto Marie-Claude Chappuis, tenor Maximilian Schmitt, and basses Thomas Quasthoff (in a spectacular case of luxury casting) and Klaus Häger, are all absolutely first-rate, consistently pure of tone, with thoughtful, moving interpretations. The sound is clean, clear, and warm, with excellent definition and ambience. This recording would make a fine choice for anyone looking for a modern instrument version of this masterpiece.
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