J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. Matthew Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hermann Scherchen
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Soloists:Magda Laszlo
Hilde Rossl-Majdan
Pierre Muneteanu
Hugues Cuenod
Heinz Rehfuss
Individual Works:Passion According to St.Matthew
BWV 244
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Westminster
Catalog Number:WAL401
Year Released/Recorded:1953
Total Playing Time:198:53
Comments:Ronald Nixon said:

This set is the most moving performace; both soloists and conducting that I have ever heard. Wish it could be done on CD.

Henning Reinholz said:

At last the recording is available on CD on Universal Millenium Classics (Hermann Scherchen Edition) UMD 80470 (3 CDs, mono, ADD). The recording date is July 1953, timing is 198:53. The CDs are available at budget price, I paid 40 DM for them (13L or 22$).

Clayton H. Farnham said:

The CDs are in stock at German Music Express, listed in the Recommended Purchasing Sources below. Hooray, at last! This perfomance has never seen its equal -- " the Dove descended."

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Ronald Nixon
  • Henning Reinholz
  • clayton h. farnham
Date First Submitted:08/21/1998