Bach – St. Matthew Passion

The Netherlands Bach Society

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Bach’s St Matthew Passion is almost always described as a double-choir composition for two choirs and two orchestras. Two large ensembles play in dialogue, and the score presents a symmetrical structure. The scoring of the two groups of singers and players is identical, and each ensemble has four soloists for the arias. On the stage one often sees two equal groups of singers, and an orchestra likewise divided exactly into two. The Evangelist and Jesus are often the only exceptions to this impressive symmetry.

 There are reasons enough, however, to look at the score in another way. Firstly, there is the Bible story itself, which is told entirely in Coro I (Bach speaks of Coro, by which he means all the singers and players of one ensemble, not just the choir). In his score, Bach even distinguishes the Evangelist’s part in Coro I by writing it in red ink. The role of Coro II, besides its contribution to the cries of the crowd in the story and to the chorales, is limited to delivering commentary. In the organisation of the score as well there are considerable distinctions: almost all the important arias are to be found in Coro I – and there are twice as many as in Coro II – and the composition technique reveals major differences. In contrast to the great wealth of instrumental solos in Coro I, the writing for Coro II is much simpler: the instruments often double other parts, and instrumental solos are almost entirely absent. The score as a whole gives a strong impression of hierarchy, rather than equality or symmetry. 

Tracklist

1.
Part One - Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen
07:51
2.
Part One - Da Jesus diese Rede vollendet hatte
00:04
3.
Part One - Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
00:51
4.
Part One - Da versammleten sich die Hohenpriester
03:00
5.
Part One - Du lieber Heiland du
00:54
6.
Part One - Buß und Reu
03:58
7.
Part One - Da ging hin der Zwölfen einer
00:04
8.
Part One - Blute nur, du liebes Herz!
04:54
9.
Part One - Aber am ersten Tage der Su_ßen Brot
02:11
10.
Part One - Ich bin?s, ich sollte bu_ßen
00:45
11.
Part One - Er antwortete und sprach
02:57
12.
Part One - Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt
01:19
13.
Part One - Ich will dir mein Herze schenken
03:14
14.
Part One - Und da sie den Lobgesang gesprochen hatten
01:04
15.
Part One - Erkenne mich, mein Hu_ter
01:06
16.
Part One - Petrus aber antwortete
01:02
17.
Part One - Ich will hier bei dir stehen
01:02
18.
Part One - Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe
01:57
19.
Part One - O Schmerz! Hier zittert das gequälte Herz
01:04
20.
Part One - Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen
04:05
21.
Part One - Und ging hin ein wenig
00:43
22.
Part One - Der Heiland fällt vor seinem Vater nieder
00:55
23.
Part One - Gerne will ich mich bequemen
04:02
24.
Part One - Und er kam zu seinen Ju_ngern
01:19
25.
Part One - Was mein Gott will, das g?scheh? allzeit
01:05
26.
Part One - Und er kam und fand sie aber schlafend
02:23
27.
Part One - So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen
04:34
28.
Part One - Und siehe, einer aus denen
02:12
29.
Part One - O Mensch, bewein? dein Su_nde groß
06:07
30.
Part Two - Ach! Nun ist mein Jesus hin!
03:21
31.
Part Two - Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten
01:01
32.
Part Two - Mir hat die Welt tru_glich gericht?
00:42
33.
Part Two - Und wiewold viel falsche Zeugen herzutraten
01:08
34.
Part Two - Mein Jesus schweigt zu falschen Lu_gen stille
01:43
35.
Part Two - Geduld
03:53
36.
Part Two - Und der Hohepriester antwortete
01:59
37.
Part Two - Wer hat dich so geschlagen
00:53
38.
Part Two - Petrus aber saß draußen im Palast
02:22
39.
Part Two - Erbarme dich
06:11
40.
Part Two - Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen
01:04
41.
Part Two - Des Morgens aber hielten alle Hohenpriester
01:47
42.
Part Two - Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
02:37
43.
Part Two - Sie hielten aber einen Rat
02:11
44.
Part Two - Befiehl du deine Wege
01:05
45.
Part Two - Auf das Fest aber hatte der Landpfleger
02:19
46.
Part Two - Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe!
00:53
47.
Part Two - Der Landpfleger sagte
00:15
48.
Part Two - Er hat uns allen wohlgetan
01:09
49.
Part Two - Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben
04:47
50.
Part Two - Sie schrieen aber noch mehr
01:42
51.
Part Two - Erbarm es Gott!
01:00
52.
Part Two - Können Tränen meiner Wangen
06:37
53.
Part Two - Da nahmen die Kriegsknechte
01:08
54.
Part Two - O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
02:35
55.
Part Two - Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten
00:57
56.
Part Two - Ja freilich will in uns das Fleisch und Blut
00:04
57.
Part Two - Komm, su_ßes Kreuz
06:04
58.
Part Two - Und da sie an die Stätte kamen
03:25
59.
Part Two - Ach, Golgatha, unselges Golgatha
01:22
60.
Part Two - Sehet, Jesus hat die Hand
03:09
61.
Part Two - Und von der sechsten Stunde an
02:23
62.
Part Two - Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
01:03
63.
Part Two - Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriß
02:34
64.
Part Two - Am Abend da es ku_hle war
01:57
65.
Part Two - Mache dich, mein Herze, rein
05:53
66.
Part Two - Und Joseph nahm den Leib
02:28
67.
Part Two - Nun ist der Herr zur Ruh gebracht
02:02
68.
Part Two - Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
05:48

Total time: 02:40:13

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B+W 803 diamond series

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Original Recording Format

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Van den Hul

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Digital Converters

Meitner AD/DA DSD converter

Microphones

Bruel and Kjaer, Schoeps

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custon design

Producer

Paul Janse

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Naarden Holland 2001 Live Concerts

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Merging Technologies

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DSD64

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SKU

32511

Release Date January 1, 2014
SKU 32511

Press reviews

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One of my personal favorites!

Jonas

Audiophile Audition

(…) Fortunately, this is not just an exciting performance from a conceptual standpoint, but it is also very well sung and played. (…) beautifully expressive throughout and captured in sound that is clear and truthful. (…) you have a listening experience that should please no matter how often you return to it. (…) Superb, and recommended unreservedly!
Audiophile Audition 5*

SA-CD.net

(…) a wonderful achievement in both musical and technical terms by all concerned. (…) Channel’s superb 5.0 DSD recording reproduces their sound with the richness and glow of a Rembrandt canvas, while at the same time capturing the lovely acoustic of the Grote Kerk, Naarden in the Netherlands. (…) Whatever other recordings you may have in your library, Veldhoven’s inspired reading, with its exceptional blend of committed musicianship and scholarship should definitely be auditioned by all who love this work. (…) This is without doubt a top recommendation and anyone receiving this set, as an Easter gift, will surely be delighted.
SA-CD.net *FIVE stars

Leeuwarder Courant

(…) misschien nog wel het grootste pluspunt: het grootse orkest, de welluidende solisten en de donderende koren zijn hier door van Veldhoven integraal op zijn kop gezet (…)

De Telegraaf

Wij maken kennis met een rustig vertelde, overwegend milde maar doorleefde interpretatie van een dirigent die zich van nature meer bij beschouwelijkheid thuis voelt dan bij het dramatische.

Katholiek Nieuwsblad

(…) Van Veldhoven is niet uit op effectbejag. Hij laat de Nederlandse Bachvereniging op hoog niveua musicieren.

Hifi Video Test

(…) Het solisten-panel, het koor, en het orkest zingen en spelen op de toppen van hun kunnen en van wat mogelijk is, menselijkerwijs gesproken. Van deze muziek kun je nooit genoeg krijgen. Aanraakbaar bijna. Zou Bach het zo bedoeld hebben?
HVT

Maerkische Allgemeine

(…) das Continuo ist perfekt organisiert. Gerd Türck ‘spricht’ den Evangelisten mit beneidenswerter Ruhe (…)

International Record Review: ‘Outstanding’

(…) What makes this performance not just revolutionary but an absolute must-have for lovers of this music is the sheer quality of the performance from The Netherlands Bach Society. (…) If any recording warrants the ‘Outstanding’ tag, this does. (…) as a glorious, life-affirming and utterly irresistible piece of music-making, this is a league of its own.(…)
International Record Review: ‘Outstanding’

BBC Music Magazine, Choral CD of the Month

Unequalled: voices vie under Jos van Veldhoven (…) Sensitive surround-sound recording retains admirabel balance between the eight parts, differentiated by timbre rather than numbers. (…) A new spatial and tonal experience from van Veldhoven.
BBC Music Magazine, Choral CD of the Month

Classics Today

Jos van Veldhoven, who’s proven himself on so many other recordings of major Bach works, including the above-mentioned releases on Channel Classics, makes excellent decisions here. (…) this exceptionally well balanced, thoughtfully paced reading, vividly brought to life by the performers and recording team, deserves a place among the reference versions. (…) And again, the packaging is stunning and a treat in itself–in all, a collector’s dream, a listener’s treasure.
Classics Today 10/10

Alte Musik Aktuell, CD des Monats

(…) Seine Tempi sinds angenehm, elegant und moderat, zuweilen aber auch durchaus spritzig und filigran, sehr gut kontrastierend. Die Choräle, immer ein Problem für sich, kommen sauber und in völlig richtigem Tempo. Die solistenpartien sind sehr gut besetzt, das Orchester spielt aufmerksam und mit technische Brillanz. Der Text ist großteils gut verständlich, der Evangelist Gerd Türk singt souverän. Und das Publikum verhält sich mucksmäuschenstill, kein Husten, kein Räuspern. (…)
Alte Musik Aktuell, CD des Monats

Music Web

(…) Kudos to Channel Classics for their sumptuous production standards. Not only is the packaging beautiful, but the sound engineering is to a high standard and based on some very original thinking about the potential of high definition sound.
Music Web

Klassik.com

Nun hat Jos van Veldhoven die Reihe seiner großen Bachaufnahmen mit der Matthäus-Passion komplett gemacht – wiederum mit erlesenen Vokalisten und farbenreicher instrumentaler Arbeit. (…) Der Klang zeigt eine sehr schöne Räumlichkeit (…)Vielleicht kann man es so zusammenfassen: Jos van Veldhoven und seine Mitstreiter präsentieren eine wundervoll ausmusizierte Matthäus-Passion – mit gestalterischer Geduld und expressiver Leidenschaft. (…) Eine diskographisch also deutlich konkurrenzfähige Matthäus-Passion.
Klassik.com

Opus Magazine Sweden

The St.Matthew Passion definitely belongs to the most demanding pieces of music, even for the finest musicians and singers,no conductor has fully mastered the task.At least not until now. (…) Jos van Veldhoven and his Netherlands Bach Society have previously presented the probably most virtuoso Mass in B-minor on CD. Rarely has such a major piece of art sounded so natural and obvious,from the first to the last bar. (…) Peter Harvey’s Christ in St.Matthew Passion is the most harmonious performance of the part I have ever heard. (…) Never has the amazing dissonance of the final choir sounded with such emotional quality. (…) With its excellent recording and artistically designed box,this record will be hard to surpass.
Opus Magazine, Sweden [highest points, six stars, for both artistic performance and sound quality.]

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