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A new live recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion BWV 244), recorded in Pisa Cathedral during the Anima Mundi Festival as part of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra’s 2016 tour.
As well as the full sung texts, the booklet includes both a programme note by Sir John Eliot Gardiner as well as his tour notes: Written both before and during their 6-month international tour – which began in Valencia in March and concluded with this performance in Pisa on 22 September – these include diary entries and notes given during rehearsals or sent in the aftermath of concerts to the performers (who were performing from memory).
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Performance *** Recording ***
"...Gardiner directs all with insight, sensibility and a commendably athletic overview which ensures an unflagging sense of drama..."
Nicholas Anderson - BBC Music magazine - July 2017
Album *** (Excellent) Sound *** (Good)
Philippe Venturini - Classica magazine (France) - June 2017
“... Gilchrist is ... the Monteverdi Choir’s Evangelist, combining a beautiful voice with flexibility of pace according to dramatic context that appears natural and convincing ...” *****
David Ponsford – Choir & Organ magazine – May/June 2017
Album of the Week
"... JEG presents here an eloquent, introspective, calmly authoritative vision of the passion of Christ ..."
David Mellor – ClassicFM – 17 April 2017
“... A distinguished, enthralling and deeply rewarding set which does justice to Bach’s great masterpiece.”
John Quinn – MusicWeb-International.com – 20 April 2017
Album of the Week
“... he [Gardiner] eschews big-name soloists for the arias, assigning them, as Bach would have, to his finest choristers. Eleanor Minney’s androgynous, unfruity alto is an excellent compromise for Bach’s boy singer in the emotional heart of the work, Erbarme dich, while Ashley Riches is excellent in Gerne will ich mich bequemen and Komm süsses Kreuz. The gain is that the emphasis on the Passion as a community rite — with the chorales implying the presence of a singing congregation — and the universal message of the work are underlined. James Gilchrist is an incisive Evangelist, gripping in the passages of drama, and Stephan Loges a noble-toned, idiomatic Christus. ..”
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 16 April 2017
Recording of the Month
"... What really makes this special is its emotional integrity, coming not from affected theatricality but from a pervading air of profound sadness...'
Lindsay Kemp - Gramophone magazine - April 2017
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