Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Karl Münchinger
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4805015
Barcode
00028948050154
Format
3-CD
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J. S. BACH
St. Matthew Passion

Peter Pears (Evangelist)
Hermann Prey (Jesus)
Elly Ameling (soprano arias, Pilate’s wife)
Marga Höffgen (alto arias, second maid)
Fritz Wunderlich (tenor arias)
Tom Krause (bass arias)
Heinz Blankenburg (Petrus, High Priest, Pontius Pilatus)
August Messthaler (Judas)
Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben
Gerhard Wilhelm, chorus master
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Karl Münchinger

Recording information

Recording Producer: Ray Minshull
Balance Engineer: Martin Fouqué
Recording Location: Schloss Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany, July 1964

Reviews

‘Münchinger’s version is consistently fresh and alert, and it has the degree of authenticity of its period (1965) – although much has happened to Bach performances since then. All the soloists are excellent, and the recording is first class’ Penguin Guide to CDs

‘An extraordinarily beautiful version of the St. Matthew Passion … Slow, elegant, at times ethereal, a clear antidote to the roboBach we so often hear … the ultimate Bach with grace and style’ (Tom Garrison, review at www.jsbach.org)

‘Elly Ameling [is] always sweet-toned and sensitive and Peter Pears outstanding as the Evangelist in St. Matthew Passion. Münchinger’s […] direct and responsive reading makes a refreshing impact when the choral singing is so impressive and the sound so vivid.’ Gramophone