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J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (Matthäus-Passion)

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A rich, spatial sound is just one sterling attribute of this recording of Bach’s more popular Passion. Werner Güra makes for a splendid Evangelist, while the choral work—split between the Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus and Berlin State And Cathedral Choir—is heavenly. Though it wouldn’t be a René Jacobs interpretation if there weren’t a couple of idiosyncrasies (including the choice of lute accompaniment during “Komm, Süßes Kreuz”), the conductor ably manages the difficult task of letting certain sections breathe while keeping the whole work moving with undeniable propulsion.

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Genre: Classical

René Jacobs began his career as a countertenor and quickly earned the reputation as one of the finest of his time. But he gradually turned to conducting and since the turn of the new century has rarely sung in concert. As a countertenor Jacobs championed a string of forgotten Baroque composers on his recordings: Antonio Cesti, Sigismondo d'India, Luca Marenzio, Pierre Guédron, Michel Lambert, and others. But he also sang, in both concert and opera, many standards by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Handel,...
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J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (Matthäus-Passion), René Jacobs
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  • £9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 07 October 2013

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