68 Songs, 2 Hours 40 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
LudwigVanBeet ,


I've been waiting a long time for this recording to come to iTunes, and it was worth the wait! It was made at the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, and it remains one of the finest St. Matthew Passions available.

I found a couple of reviews from its first release:

"This is a highly persuasive and moving Matthew Passion… remarkable for both its powerful narrative, superbly shaped by Thomas as Evangelist, and the emotional intensity of its meditative arias… The band plays with elegance and suavity… Such a sense of performance and narrative makes this live recording the most compelling Matthew Passion that I have heard on disc." - Early Music Review, Cambridge

"The performance represents something of a tour de force for American Bach Soloists director Jeffrey Thomas, who not only conducts but also sings the demanding role of the Evangelist. Thomas's contribution, both as conductor and singer, is distinguished by a rare sense of integrity, one of the great strengths of a performance that grows in stature as it progresses… the chorus produces much to admire, with some particularly sensitive interjections in the tenor aria "Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen" and the penultimate recitative. The chorales too are very successful, truly devotional, unmannered, but at the same time sung with real meaning… The splendid oboes da caccia here are characteristic of the outstanding playing Thomas draws throughout from his American Bach Soloists, whether as an ensemble or in their many obbligato roles… a very fine achievement that will surely bring as much spiritual refreshment to others as it has to me." - Fanfare

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