Bach: Matthäuspassion - Richter

Bach: Matthäuspassion - Richter

Tower Universal Vintage  PROC-2318 (3 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Bach: Matthäuspassion

Ernst Haefliger (tenor)
Kieth Eugen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Max Proebstl (basses)
Irmgard Seefried, Antonia Fahberg (sopranos)
Hertha Topper (alto)
Müchener Bach-Chor
Müchener Chorknaben
Müchener Bach-Orchester
Karl Richter (conductor)

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Comments (5)

Comment by Steven Harrison - February 13, 2022 (1 of 5)

Remastered by EBS in February 2021.
Stunning sound. Highly recommended.

Comment by Contrapunctus - February 14, 2022 (2 of 5)

Thank you for commenting about the good sound quality, Steven. Unfortunately, this recording is from Richter's last years, resulting in extremely broad tempi compared to his famous recording from 1959 of the same work. However, your comment makes me think again of buying this sacd release...

Soloists of this 1979 recording are:
Edith Mathis
Janet Baker
Peter Schreier
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Matti Salminen

Comment by Steven Harrison - February 14, 2022 (3 of 5)

Well, I have found the Tower reissues to all have stunning sound pretty much. This one is no exception.
The earlier 1959 recording must be what Universal reissued in 2016. It's pretty much unobtainable now.
Given that this Richter recording features the big orchestra and chorus version of the Passion, I am intrigued to get the Kuijken, one per part version, as it would be quite different.

Comment by Contrapunctus - February 15, 2022 (4 of 5)

As far as the Japanese Universal SACD (2016) release of the 1959 recording is concerned, I think it's still available without any problems on jpc, amazon or cdjapan. There's also the opportunity for download (PCM 24/192), e.g. qobuz. This download is based on the same remaster as the Universal Japan SACD. (Same goes for Richter's St. John's passion, Christmas oratorio and the 4 orchestral suites.)

However, ONE version of Richter's St. Matthew passion should be sufficient:)

Comment by Steven Harrison - February 15, 2022 (5 of 5)

Yes, you are correct about the 2016 release being available. It just tends to cost half again as much as the Tower release.