J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. Matthew Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Individual Works:St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:2292-45814-2
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:3 cd's: 2:34:26
Related Web Site:http://www.tonkoopman.nl
Comments:Henk Moorlag said:

Excellent performance of one of the most magnificent musical pieces ever written. Recommended!

Edward Lyon said:

Particularly clean sound, and immaculate singing, especially from Guy de Mey. The choir are exceptional and the detail is clear. Some of the less important soloists are ropey, but over all very good. I have heard the Eliot Gardiner version which is somewhat more wooden and impersonal. This, however is very authentic and involved. The location is perfect, and the large choral pieces are gripping.

Michel Couzijn said:

A clear and transparent recording. Koopman succeeds in combining the 'authentic sound' with an involving interpretation. Guy de Mey sings particularly well and 'close to the listener' and the other soloists, among which Peter Kooy (a Dutch bass Suzuki cannot do without) integrate fully into the performance. Highly recommended - or more precisely, you should not choose without listening to this performance.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Henk Moorlag
  • Edward Lyon
  • Michel Couzijn
Date First Submitted:06/12/1995