Bach: Matthäuspassion (excerpts) - Suzuki

Bach: Matthäuspassion (excerpts) - Suzuki


Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)

Gerd Türk
Peter Kooij
Nancy Argenta
Robin Blaze
Makoto Sakurada
Chiyuki Urano
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)

Can one really present "the greatest work in the entire history of music" in a shortened version? In fact one can. And very successfully. Because Bach never intended the St. Matthew Passion to be "easy listening". He wasn't even interested in a string of hits – which the work undeniably is. Bach wanted to help the parishioners of Leipzig to meditate on the passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ at the services on the afternoon of Good Friday.

The work consists of a string of different scenes and the entire collection might be too much at one CD-sitting for even the most pious of music-lovers. Far better to pay serious attention to a selected number of passion scenes. These have been selected from the fêted recording by Masaaki Suzuki and his usual forces – universally recognized as one of the great recordings of this work of modern times. And we are now able to offer this one-disc version in surround sound! A truly moving experience.

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PCM recording

Recorded in March 1999 at the Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan, 24/44.1

Recording producer: Hans Kipfer (Take5 Music Production)

Sound engineer: Marion Schwebel (Take5 Music Production)

Recording equipment: Neumann microphones; Studer 961 mixer; Yamaha 02R mixer; Studer Mic AD 19 pre-amplifier/A-D converter; Junger Audio CO4 A/D converter; Genex GX 8000 MOD recorder; Tascam DA-88 recorder; STAX headphones

Digital editing: Annette Riechers, Julian Schwenkner, Christian Starke

Surround mix: Hans Kipfer

SACD authoring: Bastiaan Kuijt

Executive producer: Robert von Bahr
Comments (2)

Comment by PaulSARenaud - February 15, 2016 (1 of 2)

As far as I am aware, only an excerpt of the Matthew Passion was released. Where is the whole thing? and is it available in truly Highres?

Comment by Dominique MAGNIER - September 26, 2016 (2 of 2)

only available in RBCD format. I hope BIS will release the full version in SACD