J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. Luke Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
George Barati
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Akademie Kammerchor Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Individual Works:La Passione Secondo Luca (Saint Luke Passion)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sarx
Catalog Number:2026-2
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:130 minutes
Comments:This spurious Passion, according to catalogues, can only be heard under the present recording. There is much to be said for the music but little to recommend the recording. If only in terms of recording quality, the microphones are too close to the vocalists, causing the orchestra too often to fade into the background.
At the level of performance, one suspects that it is a live performance although no indication is given on the CD jacket cover. The intonation of the singers as mediocre at best and frankly amatuer at worst. Also, at a time when the original instrument practice has brought us vocal performances shorn of the excesses operatic voices were once prone to, this performances is a step backward.
I can only hope that another more professional recording becomes available. While there are moments much more like one of his bach's older relatives, or like a young Handel or even a Vivaldi, the passion as a whole is suffused with a feeling of greater works to come. The recitatives are immediately recognizable as the old Master's. Save your money and hope that this work is not ignored so completely as it has been.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Patrick Gillespie
Date First Submitted:02/14/1997