|Comments:||Rafael Torres Mercado said:|
A very well balanced performance, featuring period instruments. It is specially interesting that the soprano and alto parts, both for choir and soloists, are sung by children. It has a well documented booklet by conductor-researcher Nikolaus Harnoncourt. There is another recording with the Concentus Musicus and N.Harnoncourt, recorded presumably later, which I haven't heard. The version I recommend here is not in the current Teldec catalogue, a comparison would be interesting.
Laurent Planchon said:
Harnoncout has recorded this passion two times, although he was not credited the conductorship in the first version. The first version has already been recommended (see above), but although I have not really made any comparison, I cannot imagine that it would be any *better* than the second recording which is one of the very best recordings of Harnoncourt ever. A marvel. The only thing I regret would be that Anthony Ralf-Johnson is not Kurt Equiluz, but he is still doing his job well enough.