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

René Jacobs, RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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First performed in 1727, Johann Sebastian Bach’s towering St. Matthew Passion tells the story of Easter with monumental scale and intimate detail. Belgian conductor René Jacobs has a lifelong connection with the work—he performed it as a child in the Ghent Cathedral, recorded it as the countertenor soloist and conducted it many times. At the podium for this exquisite 2013 recording, Jacobs’ intimate knowledge of the piece yields an interpretation that’s rich in atmosphere and dramatic majesty. Using the design of the Good Friday Vesper’s service from Bach’s era—with choirs at the front and back of the church—the deliberate, brilliantly balanced performance was immediately recognised among the definitive recordings of the work. Tenor Werner Güra, alto Bernarda Fink and baritone Johannes Weisser are standouts among the fluid, emotionally intense solo performances.

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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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