J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. Matthew Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Munchinger
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Soloists:Peter Pears (evangelist)
Hermann Prey (Jesus)
Elly Ameling
Marga Hoeffgen
Fritz Wunderlich
Tom Krause
Individual Works:St. Matthew Passion, complete
BWV 244
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:London Jubilee
Catalog Number:414-057-2
Year Released/Recorded:1965
Total Playing Time:196:43
Comments:Tom Garrison said:

An extraordinarily beautiful version of the St. Matthew Passion combining Peter Pears at his best, Elly Ameling's brilliant clear voice, and a small orchestra using modern instruments. Slow, elegant, at times ethereal, a clear antidote to the roboBach we so often hear (and I so often like elsewhere). This set oscillates in and out of print, and may (I think) be special ordered. Absolutely worth the effort to find. Again: Pears, Prey, Ameling and Wunderlich in ONE place at ONE time the ultimate Bach with grace and style.

George Murnu said:

I would have rather had Fritz Wunderlich singing the Evangelist, not the arias. Otherwise, a good middle-of-the road recording,
not employing period instruments, neither huge orchestral and choral forces. The more intimate aspects of the story are particulrly well captured here.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Tom Garrison
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:12/12/1997