All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc
Karl Richter’s performance makes the text real for me. If I’m going to spend 3.5 hours listening to the central message of Christianity then I want it done by people who at least give the impression of meaning what they sing. Karl Richter & Co. make me believe they believe what they sing by the reverence with which they convey the meaning of the text….
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Münchener Bach-Chor, Regensburger Domspatzen, Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Matti Salminen, Peter Schreier
Orchestra: Münchener Bach-Orchester
Conductor: Karl Richter
Number of discs: 4
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 4.08 GB
….other ways these recordings qualify as HIP are KR’s articulation of the score. Yes he uses modern instruments but this was a conscious choice on his part not to ignore the development of instruments since Bach’s time. He uses modern versions of all the instruments called for in the score, he articulates the music in the way we’ve come to know as Baroque performing style, his singers sing the written trills which echo the instrumental accompaniment. In so many ways this is a Historically Informed Performance.
KR uses a fairly large double choir but their pitch and articulation is so good they are able to bring out all of the polyphonic strands in the music. I’ve heard may smaller choirs sound much less focused than the Munich Bach Choir.
All of the soloists are as good as any I’ve heard in this music. Schreier is a wonderful Evangelist eclipsed only by Haefliger in KR’s earlier recording (what a pity Wunderlich never recorded the Evangelist in the Matthew Passion). DFD is excellent as Jesus and I’m not usually a fan of his. Dame Janet Baker doesn’t always eclipse Christa Ludwig in the alto arias but that she does sometimes is the highest praise I can give an alto in this music. Edith Mathis sings the soprano arias as well as Janowitz for Karajan and much better than a lady who used to sing a bit for EMI.
If you are forced to keep only one of all your “Matthew-Passios” sets, this is the “Passion” that one MUST have.
Analyzed folder: /96k JSB – Matthaeus Passion – Richter
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -1.36 dB -20.27 dB sideA.aif
DR15 -0.55 dB -21.53 dB sideB.aif
DR15 -0.62 dB -21.84 dB sideC.aif
DR14 -1.10 dB -20.68 dB sideD.aif
DR15 -0.98 dB -20.80 dB sideE.aif
DR13 -0.76 dB -19.57 dB sideF.aif
DR15 -0.94 dB -22.41 dB sideG.aif
DR14 -0.87 dB -19.84 dB sideH.aif
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR14
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