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J.S. Bach : St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner

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Recorded live at Pisa Cathedral in 2016, this recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, is of a piece with the touring Bach Cantata Pilgrimage recordings released in the early 2000s: it is rich yet lively, sung with precision yet a total sense of commitment in the moment. The singers -- the Monteverdi Choir of 30 with soloists all drawn from the choir, except for Jesus (Stephan Loges) and the Evangelist (James Gilchrist) -- performed from memory, and the feeling that the text is being communicated directly is even greater than is usual with Gardiner. An unusual feature of the recording is that the soloists are not single per part; the soprano solos are taken by no fewer than five different singers. Several (try Hannah Morrison in "Aus liebe") are lovely, and the effect of a space between the congregational chorales and the focus on an individual soloist is fascinating. The hair-trigger alertness of the chorus in the big numbers like "Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden?" is also extremely compelling. Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir offer Bach with the luxury of old-fashioned Romantic versions combined with the agility of historical performance, and they've never done the combination better than they do here.
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John Eliot Gardiner

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St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:06:53

Trinity Boys' Choir, Choir - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

2
Recitative: Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte (Evangelist, Jesus)
James Gilchrist
00:00:36

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

3
Chorale: Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:41

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

4
Recitative: Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester (Evangelist, Chorus, Jesus)
James Gilchrist
00:02:59

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

5
Recitative: Du lieber Heiland du (Alto)
Reginald L. Mobley
00:00:51

Reginald L. Mobley, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

6
Aria: Buß und Reu (Alto)
Reginald L. Mobley
00:03:55

Reginald L. Mobley, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

7
Recitative: Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer (Evangelist, Judas)
James Gilchrist
00:00:39

James Gilchrist, Performer - Jonathan Sells, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

8
Blute nur, du liebes Herz (Soprano)
Zoë Brookshaw
00:04:26

Zoë Brookshaw, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

9
Recitative and Chorus: Aber am ersten Tage der süßen Brot (Evangelist, Chorus, Jesus)
James Gilchrist
00:02:04

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

10
Chorale: Ich bin's, ich sollte büßen (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:44

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

11
Recitative: Er antwortete und sprach (Evangelist, Jesus, Judas)
Jonathan Sells
00:02:44

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - Jonathan Sells, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

12
Recitative: Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt (Soprano)
Hannah Morrison
00:01:18

Hannah Morrison, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

13
Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken (Soprano)
Hannah Morrison
00:03:14

Hannah Morrison, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

14
Recitative: Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten (Evangelist, Jesus)
James Gilchrist
00:00:58

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

15
Chorale: Erkenne mich, mein Hüter (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:59

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

16
Recitative: Petrus aber antwortete (Petrus, Evangelist, Jesus)
Alex Ashworth
00:00:55

Alex Ashworth, Performer - James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

17
Chorale: Ich will hier bei dir stehen (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:01:02

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

18
Recitative: Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe (Evangelist, Jesus)
Stephan Loges
00:01:29

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

19
Recitative and Chorale: O Schmerz, hier zittert das gequälte Herz (Tenor, Chorus)
Hugo Hymas
00:01:58

Hugo Hymas, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

20
Aria and Chorus: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen (Tenor, Chorus)
Hugo Hymas
00:04:56

Hugo Hymas, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

21
Recitative: Und ging hin ein wenig (Evangelist, Jesus)
James Gilchrist
00:00:41

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

22
Recitative: Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder (Bass)
Ashley Riches
00:00:54

Ashley Riches, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

23
Aria: Gerne will ich mich bequemen (Bass)
Ashley Riches
00:03:52

Ashley Riches, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

24
Recitative: Und er kam zu seinen Jüngern (Evangelist, Jesus)
Stephan Loges
00:01:11

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

25
Chorale: Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:58

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

26
Recitative: Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend (Evangelist, Jesus, Judas)
Stephan Loges
00:02:17

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - Jonathan Sells, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

27
Aria and Chorus: So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen (Alto, Soprano, Chorus)
Charlotte Ashley
00:05:03

Charlotte Ashley, Performer - Eleanor Minney, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

28
Recitative: Und siehe, einer aus denen (Evangelist, Jesus)
Stephan Loges
00:02:01

James Gilchrist, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

29
Chorale: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:05:35

Trinity Boys' Choir, Choir - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

30
Aria and Chorus: Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin (Alto, Chorus)
Reginald L. Mobley
00:03:28

Reginald L. Mobley, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

31
Recitative: Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten (Evangelist)
James Gilchrist
00:01:02

James Gilchrist, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

32
Chorale: Mir hat die Welt trüglich gericht' (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:39

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

33
Recitative: Und wiewohl viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten (Evangelist, Testis, Pontifex)
James Gilchrist
00:01:12

James Gilchrist, Performer - Reginald L. Mobley, Performer - Andrew Tortise, Performer - Rupert Reid, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

34
Recitative: Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille (Tenor)
Hugo Hymas
00:01:04

Hugo Hymas, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

35
Aria: Geduld! (Tenor)
Hugo Hymas
00:03:48

Hugo Hymas, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

36
Recitative and Chorus: Und der Hohepriester antwortete (Evangelist, Pontifex, Jesus, Chorus)
James Gilchrist
00:01:58

James Gilchrist, Performer - Rupert Reid, Performer - Stephan Loges, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

37
Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:59

Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

DISC 2

1
Recitative and Chorus: Petrus aber saß draußen im Palast (Evangelist, Petrus, Ancilla, Chorus)
James Gilchrist
00:02:27

James Gilchrist, Performer - Alison Hill, Performer - Alex Ashworth, Performer - Angharad Rowlands, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

2
Aria: Erbarme dich (Alto)
Eleanor Minney
00:07:03

Eleanor Minney, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

3
Chorale: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:01:01

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

4
Recitative and Chorus: Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohepriester (Evangelist, Judas, Chorus, Pontifices)
James Gilchrist
00:01:44

James Gilchrist, Performer - Jonathan Sells, Performer - Rupert Reid, Performer - Lawrence Wallington, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

5
Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder (Bass)
Alex Ashworth
00:02:45

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Alex Ashworth, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

6
Recitative: Sie hielten aber einen Rat (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)
Ashley Riches
00:02:05

James Gilchrist, Performer - Ashley Riches, Performer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Stephan Loges, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

7
Chorale: Befiehl du deine Wege (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:01:06

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

8
Recitative and Chorus: Auf das Fest aber hatte der Landpfleger (Evangelist, Pilatus, Uxor Pilati, Chorus)
James Gilchrist
00:02:11

James Gilchrist, Performer - Ashley Riches, Performer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Jessica Cale, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

9
Chorale: Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe (Chorus)
John Eliot Gardiner
00:00:43

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

10
Recitative: Der Landpfleger sagte (Evangelist, Pilatus)
James Gilchrist
00:00:18

James Gilchrist, Performer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Ashley Riches, Performer - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

11
Recitative: Er hat uns allen wohlgetan (Soprano)
Hannah Morrison
00:01:16

Hannah Morrison, Performer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

12
Aria: Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (Soprano)
Hannah Morrison
00:05:28

Hannah Morrison, Performer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

13
Recitative and Chorus: Sie schrieen aber noch mehr (Evangelist, Chorus, Pilatus)
James Gilchrist
00:01:47

James Gilchrist, Performer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - Ashley Riches, Performer - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Christian Friedrich Henrici, Lyricist - Bible, Lyricist

2017 SDG 2017 SDG

Album Description

Recorded live at Pisa Cathedral in 2016, this recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, is of a piece with the touring Bach Cantata Pilgrimage recordings released in the early 2000s: it is rich yet lively, sung with precision yet a total sense of commitment in the moment. The singers -- the Monteverdi Choir of 30 with soloists all drawn from the choir, except for Jesus (Stephan Loges) and the Evangelist (James Gilchrist) -- performed from memory, and the feeling that the text is being communicated directly is even greater than is usual with Gardiner. An unusual feature of the recording is that the soloists are not single per part; the soprano solos are taken by no fewer than five different singers. Several (try Hannah Morrison in "Aus liebe") are lovely, and the effect of a space between the congregational chorales and the focus on an individual soloist is fascinating. The hair-trigger alertness of the chorus in the big numbers like "Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden?" is also extremely compelling. Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir offer Bach with the luxury of old-fashioned Romantic versions combined with the agility of historical performance, and they've never done the combination better than they do here.
© TiVo

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