J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. Matthew Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Philippe Herreweghe
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Chapelle Royale
Soloists:Howard Crook - tenor
Ulrik Cold - basse
Barbara Schlick - soprano
RenT Jacobs - alto
Hans Peter Blochwitz - tenor
Peter Kooy - basse
Individual Works:St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMC 901155.57
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Comments:Andre Wakker said:

Superb, sober performance in the tradition of double choir and double orchestra on authentic instruments.

Seamus Fitzmaurice said:

The CD-ROM supplied with this recording is beautifully done and well worth the extra money. You can view & listen all at once or in smaller chunks, like picking chapters in an illustrated book. The illustrations are stunning, the whole feel of it is like a Rembrandt painting. A lovely tribute to Bach for his 250th Anniversary which should be in every music library.

Ted Tregear said:

This recording is so touching and personal. Herreweghe takes it at just the right speed, moving but not too fast. He produces a recording with such moving solos from Ulrik Cold, Peter Kooy and Barbara Schlick. I would recommend this as a better recording than the Karl Richter or the John Eliot Gardiner.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Marchand Laurence
  • Andre Wakker
  • Seamus Fitzmaurice
  • Ted Tregear
Date First Submitted:03/18/1997