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Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
Conducted by Ton Koopman

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J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion · Passion Selon Saint Matthieu · St. Matthew Passion

 

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Ton Koopman

Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Chorus Master: Jos van Veldhoven) & Sacramentskoor Breda (Chorus Master: Walther Cantryn) / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Tenor [Evangelist]: Guy de Mey; Bass [Jesus]: Peter Kooy; Soprano [Arias, 1st Maid, 2nd Maid, Pilate's wife]: Barbara Schlick; Alto [Arias, 1st Witness]: Kai Wessel; Tenor [Arias, High Priest, Caiaphas]: Christoph Prégardien; Bass [Arias, High Priest]: Klaus Mertens

Erato 2292-45814-2

Jun 4, 1992

3-CD / TT: 164:16

Recorded at Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Oudkarspel, the Netherlands.
1st recording of Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 by T. Koopman.
See: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Buy this album at:
3-CD: Amazon.com
CD (excerpts): Amazon.com

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J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

 

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Ton Koopman

Nederlands Kamerkoor (mixed choir); Amsterdam Baroque Choir (mixed choir); Sacramentskoor Breda (boys’ choir) / Radio Kamerorkest

Tenor [Evangelist]: Christoph Prégardien; Bass [Christ]: Anton Scharinger; Soprano: Barbara Schlick; Counter-tenor: Michael Chance; Tenor [Arias]: Rainer Trost; Bass [Arias]: Klaus Mertens

Luna LU-1025

Apr 9, 1995

3-CD / TT: 177:29

Recorded live at the Concergebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
2nd recording of Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 by T. Koopman.
See: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - conducted by Ton Koopman
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3-CD: Opera Club

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J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Ton Koopman

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Tenor [Evangelist]: Jörg Dürmüller; Bass [Christ]: Ekkehard Abele; Soprano: Cornelia Samuelis; Tenor: Paul Agnew; Bass: Klaus Mertens; Alto: Bogna Bartosz

Antoine Marchand

Mar 22-23, 2005

2-CD, DVD / TT: 154:07

Recorded live at Joriskerk, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
3rd recording of Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 by T. Koopman.
See: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - conducted by Ton Koopman
Buy this album at:
CD: Amazon.com
DVD: Amazon.com

Koopman's new Mattheus Passion

Richard (Ries) van Schelven wrote (March 28, 2006):
Did anybody hear Ton Koopman's new version? What are you views/thoughts on it. I was pleasantly surprised with the lute, I am not sure if I ever heard a version with the lute.

I was not that impressed with Paul Agnew (tenor) but Klaus Mertens was as always very impressive. The recording itself is very clear, live at the St. Joriskerk in Amersfoort/The Netherlands.

 

Koopman DVD of BWV 244

Chris Kern wrote (August 15, 2006):
I generally don't like to ask questions about specific recordings because I really don't like all the vicious and insulting criticism that gets bandied about, but I'm thinking of supplementing my SMP DVD collection with the Koopman. I'm a little concerned about it because the running time seems somewhat short (only 2:34) and one review on Amazon said that Koopman's verson is "steeped in the brisk rythms of the baroque dance music". Those of you who generally like HiP performances, if you've seen this DVD what do you think? I'm not going to judge a recording based solely on running time, but I'd like to at least hear if the soloists are good and if the disc has subtitles.

Eric Bergerud wrote (August 15, 2006):
Archiv reviewed the CD version of this work and found it very good although somewhat lacking in "emotion." (I must have a tin ear. I just don't know what "emotion" sounds like. It strikes me that the world's great Bach singers, many of whom Koopman employs, sing beautifully. As you can see, I am a very poor critic. In my humble opinion if a singer is good enough to record with someone of Koopman's stature they have a rare and wonderful skill. I find it almost impossible to snipe at someone who does something that I can't imagine myself or anyone I've known doing.) As far as timing goes, 2:34 is a tad quicker than Gardiner, Herreweghe or McCreesh but I rather doubt you'd notice it in a work of that length. A DVD of Richter is out there: probably good for six hours or so. I own Cleobury's which I find very nice: Emma Kirkby helps with the heavy lifting and Paul Goodman has the Brandenburg Concert in good form and it's $15. Anyway, if you like Koopman's polished sound in cantatas, I can't imagine his SMP being a dud.

BTW: I now own all of Bach's large scale choral works on DVD. I know some people on the list find the format disapointing, but I enjoy them all, especially Harnoncourt's Xmas Oratorio (BWV 248). I have a pretty fair stereo attached to the television so I don't take any audio hit. And the SMP certainly does hold one's attention.

Rianto wrote (August 17, 2006):
[To Chris Kern] I don't find it too fast, nor the rhythm too brisk to disturb my personal taste. In fact, I find the whole thing flows agreeably to support the drama the work contains. Watched the DVD again last night, just to make sure. And yes, the disc has subtitles.

The soloists are all excellent. So is the orchestra, the choir, all of them. I do have minor reservation regarding the tenor who does the Arias, though. Watching him, I just cannot shake the uneasy feeling that he's overdoing his parts a bit too much. It is as if he's trying to force the affects of the text with his singing. (I this sense, he reminds me of the soprano who sings in Gardiner's Xmas Oratorio (BWV 248) DVD. Though not as worse.) As I said before, it's only minor. His parts are still enjoyable. I still prefer to listen to this tenor than the ones employed for the same role in Cleobury's DVD and Richter's.

Of the three DVDs that I have, I choose to watch and listen to Koopman's first. I return to Richter's mainly when I want to listen to Hamari and Schreier.

 

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244: Details
Recordings: 1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019 | Individual Movements
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | BWV 244a | BWV 244b
Systemetic Discussions:
Part 1: Mvts. 1-8 | Part 2: Mvts. 9-20 | Part 3: Mvts. 21-29 | Part 4: Mvts. 30-40 | Part 5: Mvts. 41-50 | Part 6: Mvts. 51-57 | Part 7: Mvts. 58-63b | Part 8: Mvts. 63c-68 | Part 9: Role of the Evangelist
Individual Recordings:
BWV 244 - L. Bernstein | BWV 244 - F. Brüggen | BWV 244 - J. Butt | BWV 244 - R. Chailly | BWV 244 - S. Cleobury | BWV 244 - J. Daus | BWV 244 - D. Fasolis | BWV 244 - W. Furtwängler | BWV 244 - J.E. Gardiner | BWV 244 - W. Gönnenwein | BWV 244 - P. Goodwin | BWV 244 - E.z. Guttenberg | BWV 244 - N. Harnoncourt | BWV 244 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 244 - R. Jacques | BWV 244 - H.v. Karajan | BWV 244 - O. Klemperer | BWV 244 - T. Koopman | BWV 244 - S. Koussevitzky | BWV 244 - S. Kuijken | BWV 244 - F. Lehmann | BWV 244 - G. Leonhardt | BWV 244 - P.J. Leusink | BWV 244 - E.&R. Mauersberger | BWV 244 - H. Max | BWV 244 - P. McCreesh | BWV 244 - W. Mengelberg | BWV 244 - K. Münchinger | BWV 244 - R. Norrington | BWV 244 - G. Oberfrank | BWV 244 - S. Ozawa | BWV 244 - A. Parrott | BWV 244 - G. Ramin | BWV 244 - S. Rattlr | BWV 244 - K. Richter | BWV 244 - H. Rilling | BWV 244 - H.J. Rotzsch | BWV 244 - H. Scherchen | BWV 244 - G. Solti | BWV 244 - C. Spering | BWV 244 - M. Suzuki | BWV 244 - J.v. Veldhoven | BWV 244 - B. Walter | BWV 244 - F. Werner | BWV 244 - M. Wöldike
Articles:
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 [T.N. Towe] | Two Easter St. Matthew Passions (Plus One) [U. Golomb] | St. Matthew Passion from Harnoncourt [D. Satz] | The Passion according to Saint Matthew BWV 244 [J. Rifkin] | The Relationship between BWV 244a (Trauermusik) and BWV 244b (SMP Frühfassung) [T. Braatz] | Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - Early History (A Selective, Annotated Bibliography) [W. Hoffman] | Spiritual Sources of Bach's St. Matthew Passion [W. Hoffman] | Bach and the "Great Passion" [D.G. Lebut Jr.] | The Genesis of Bach's `Great Passion': 1724-29 [W. Hoffman] | Early Performances of Bach's SMP [T. Braatz]

Ton Koopman: Short Biography | Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Recordings of Vocal Works:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Recordings of Instrumental Works: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Koopman’s Petition | Newsletters
Cantatas::
Koopman on TV | Cantatas Vol. 1 | Cantatas Vol. 6 | Cantatas Vol. 9 | Cantatas Vol. 10 | Cantatas Vol. 13 | Cantatas Vol. 14 | Cantatas Vol. 17 | Cantatas Vol. 22
Other Vocal Works:
BWV 244 - T. Koopman | BWV 247 - T. Koopman
Reviews of Instrumental Recordings:
Ton Koopman’s Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 | Bach Sonatas for Gamba and Harpsichord | Review: Bach Orchestral Suites DVD
Discussions of Instrumental Recordings:
Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080 - played by T. Koopman
Books:
The World of the Bach Cantatas [by C. Wolff & T. Koopman]
Article:
Bach’s Choir and Orchestra [by T. Koopman]
Table of recordings by BWV Number

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