All thanks for this masterwork go to Jean-Luc Jochum’s performance of this masterwork is, ihmo, one of the best you can get.
Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a sacred drama on an unprecedented scale. He created it as an integral part of the Good Friday Vespers in the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig where it was first performed, perhaps as early as 1727. At their most fundamental, the disparate elements comprising Bach’s St Matthew Passion can be placed under distinct headings: the narrative element in which the Evangelist (tenor) and Christ (baritone) play the central role; a lyrical and contemplative element provided by the arias; a meditative and communal element provided by the chorales, the traditional hymn-tunes of Bach’s time; and the choruses which comment on events taking place emphasizing their significance with immense, at times almost overwhelming, power. The interdependence of these diverse components is only fully realized in a performance which comprehends Bach’s vast tableau in its entirety.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Niederländischer Rundfunkchor, Knabenchor Der St. Willibrords-Kirche Amsterdam, Marga Höffgen, Walter Berry, Franz Crass, Leo Ketelaars, John Van Kesteren, Agnes Giebel, Ernst Haefliger Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchester Amsterdam
Conductor: Eugen Jochum
Number of discs: 4
DR-Analysis: DR 15 Size: 3.99 GB
This is Box No. 9 of the Bicentennial Beethoven Collection, published by Deutsche Grammophon 1970, to celebrate Beethoven’s 200th birthday with all his works on 12 Box-Sets/75 LPs. In the last years I spent only for this Beethoven Edition around 500-550 EUR. If you think and feel, you want to contribute, any donation will be welcome. Thank you!
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Performer (Missa Solemnis): Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry, Wiener Singverein Performer (Messe C-Dur): Gundula Janowitz, Julia Hamari, Elmar Schloter, Horst Laubenthal, Ernst Gerold Schramm Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker (Missa Solemnis), Münchener Bach-Chor Und Bach-Orchester (Messe C-Dur) Conductor: , Karl Richter (Messe C-Dur), Herbert von Karajan (Missa Solemnis)
Number of Discs: 3/75 Format: Flac Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 2.59 GB Scan: yes Server: FileFactory
All thanks for tis gem go to our friend Jean-Luc The real test of greatness, both in content and in performance is the effect of repeated hearing–especially repeated hearing without focused concentration. After a while, both the art and the artistry of a recording like this make themselves felt in an undeniable way. Most important of all, the effect of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is to immerse the listener in the feelings and philosophies of an event that forms the foundation of western culture. This recording of the St. Matthew Passion captures all the feeling and emotion present in the Biblical passages upon which it is based. It is an excellent recording to use for study due to its extremely slow tempo. The tempo, however, unfortunately makes it rather tedious if you do not love the piece before listening to this recording. The final chorus, “Wir setzen uns,” is magnificently done, as is the opening chorus. The soloists are superb, and Klemperer certainly knows how to make one wait for a chord to resolve. All in all, it’s simply amazing.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Sir Peter Pears, Sir Geraint Evans, Wilfred Brown, Nicolai Gedda, Walter Berry, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig Choir: Boys Of The Hampstead Parish Church Choir Chorus Master: Martindale Sidwell, Wilhelm Pitz Orchestra: Philharmonia Choir And Orchestra Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Vinyl (1962) Number of Discs: 4.5 Format: Flac Label: Columbia DR-Analysis: DR 16 Size: 4.62 GB
Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc A gifted conductor, Josef Krips returned to the Vienna Opera just after World War II (as a Jew, he had had to leave in 1938), and renewed its tradition of Mozartian performance. Many of the finest qualities of this 1955 studio recording emanate from him and his players–the tempi are well judged and the musicianship marvelous. The singing is less consistent. The lightweight Belgian soprano Suzanne Danco is underwhelming as Donna Anna, while the skilled baritone Walter Berry is again too slight for the bass part of Masetto. Even the lovely Lisa Della Casa–who sang Elvira regularly onstage–often sounds challenged by the role here, despite lovely moments. Italian Cesare Siepi is a bass Giovanni (rather than the expected baritone), and though this too throws the vocal balance out of kilter, he’s a charmer, all right. Fernando Corena’s Leporello and Hilde Güden’s Zerlina are both topnotch, Anton Dermota’s Ottavio cool but conscientious. This is an excellent memento of Krips, but a better all-around and similarly vintage option is Carlo Maria Giulini’s EMI recording from 1959, still arguably the most satisfying account of the opera. –George Hall
Merry Xmas to everybody and a Happy New Year!
# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart # Performer: Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena, Kurt Böhme, Walter Berry, Hilde Güden, Lisa Della Casa, Suzanne Danco, Anton Dermota
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Josef Krips
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 3.23 GB
All thanks for this go to our friend Jean-Luc
Bartók’s lone opera has fared well on disc, and the Kertész is one of the best, even if it lacks the full bite and snap of singers emoting in their native language. Ludwig, a mezzo Judith, is convincing as a loving bride wishing to share her husband’s innermost secrets, and Berry is a patient Bluebeard, saddened by her inevitable consignment to oblivion behind the seventh door. They capture the private, intimate horrors at the core of the story. Kertész conducts brilliantly, drawing full, warm sounds from the LSO aided by Decca’s spectacular demonstration-quality engineering. Doráti (on Mercury, also with great sound but with native singers) may get closer to the spirit of Bartók’s sharp-edged score, but Kertész is in the same league.
# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performers: Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca # DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 2.3 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Pay attention: completely re-ripped, for Joe, with the new Black Bird and in 24/192
A single word: “majesty” and a second word: “tenderness”, in front of death and in the look of God … This is what we hear here, much better than in most other versions. After studying several Mozart-Requiem performances I realized that this one is the most inspired and the closest to the Mozart rithym and sensibility. Better performed even than others directed also by Herbert v. Karajan. You can listen to other Mozart-Requiem versions, but once you listen to this one, you will not want another!
# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart # Performer: Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Wilma Lipp, Walter Berry, Anton Dermota # Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra # Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1963/65)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac # DR-Analysis: DR 11 # Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GBY # Size:2.19 GB # Scan: yes
# Server: FF