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Century: St. Matthew Passion [Import]

Bernstein; Ny Philharmonic , Bach Johann Sebastian Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I : No. 1 - 'Come, Ye Daughters'
2. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 2 - 'When Jesus Had Finished' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
3. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 3 - 'O Blessed Jesu'
4. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 4 - 'Then Assembled The Chief Priests' (Recitative: Evangelist)
5. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 5 - 'Not Upon The Feast'
6. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 13 - 'Now On The First Day' (Recitative: Evangelist)
7. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 14 - 'Where Wilt Thou'
8. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 15 - 'He Said: Go Ye Into The City' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
9. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 15 - 'Lord, Is It I?'
10. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part I: No. 16 - 'Tis I Who Should Be Sharing'
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Disc: 2
1. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 47 - 'Have Pity, Lord, On Me'
2. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 53 - 'Whate'er May Vex Or Grieve Thee'
3. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 54 - 'Now At That Feast' (Recitative: Evangelist, Pilate)
4. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 54 - 'Barabbas!'
5. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 54 - 'Then Pilate Said To Them' (Recitative: Evangelist, Pilate)
6. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 54 - 'Let Him Be Crucified'
7. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 56 - 'The Governor Answered' (Recitative: Evangelist, Pilate)
8. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 57 - 'To All Men Jesu Good Hath Done' (Accompanied Recitative: Soprano)
9. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 58 - 'In Love My Saviour Now Is Dying' (Aria: Soprano)
10. The Passion Of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, BWV 244: Part II: No. 59 - 'But They Cried Out The More' (Recitative: Evangelist)
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For all of Leonard Bernstein's remarkably eclectic affinities, his legacy as a conductor is not often associated with Baroque music. Yet this remastered recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion--like that of his Bach concertos with Glenn Gould and others--is a moving document of musical and emotional empathy. True, Bernstein's stylistic approach (the frequently languorous tempos, the italicized effect accorded certain significant moments in Bach's richly textured drama) and employment of large-scale choral and orchestral forces have long since fallen out of favor in the wake of the "authentic- performance" movement. And purists will certainly object to the use of English texts as well as numerous cuts from the original score (mostly in Part Two). That said, Bernstein's reading has a thrilling cogency and dramatic consistency fully abetted by the New York Philharmonic's heartfelt playing as well as by the excellently prepared chorus. Listen to the subtly varied inflections of each recurrence of the chorale "O Lamb of God Most Holy" to signal the inexorable course of the tragedy, or to the devastating impact of the sorrowful final double chorus. The vocal soloists are unfortunately uneven, ranging from David Lloyd's erratic, hooty tenor as the Evangelist to the multidimensional Jesus characterized by bass William Wildermann. The set includes a bonus track of Bernstein discussing how Bach unfolds his vividly dramatic structure in the Passion. -- Thomas May

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM BERNSTEIN'S SOUL TO OURS April 17 2003
By Bob S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've waited 20 years to find this re-release of a 60's recording that I'd worn out 2 sets of LPs playing. In my view this is one of Bernstein's finest- every tempo, every dynamic, every nuance flows from his soul to his baton and to the orchestra, chorus, and soloists. Certainly not for the purists given the cuts and modern orchestral treatment, but for pure listening bliss this is the recording to own. His (all too) brief explanation of this work at the end exposes his emotional involvement with this masterful music and is a delightful bonus that was originally included as a 7" LP in the set. Bravo to Sony for their Bernstein re-release program!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars puzzling interpretation June 11 2000
By J. C. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The linear notes tell us: "Leonard Bernstien did not record a great deal of baroque music. His career blossumed at precisely the same time big-orchestra performances of Bach and Handel were falling into a curious disrepute." Not so curious if you ask me. Getting the NYPO to play baroque is a bit like getting an elephant to dance en point. I really shouldn't criticize: the fact Bernstein could get the elephant up at all shows his genius. Anyway, I cannot believe the total difference between this recording and the Koopman or the Herrewege is simply that this is in English and the others are in German. Is German a prettier language than English? I think not. Certainly understanding the language is helpful. Maybe the translation is bad. Is it the cutting of the Passion? Bernstein loses the anointing of the feet at Bethany and thereby loses one of my favorite Arias "Bub und Reu." Is that what I find so disappointing? I don't know. All I know is I feel a lightness in other interpretations I miss here. This is purely subjective, I gladly admit. Perhaps had a known this interpretation first and followed it up with the Koopman or the Herrewege I would have an entirely difference assessment.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great work in english Feb. 21 2000
By H. Keith Grosjean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one the great choral works of all time and to be able to hear it in English by an ensemble such as this is an experience no one should miss. The explanation by the conductor at the end of the work is enlightening and adds greatly to the enjoyment of this wonderful musical work.
42 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars passion in this Passion March 23 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The true test of this recording is comparing the last chorus with other versions by Klemperer, Gardiner, Ritcher, Koopman, et al. Why?
Because Bach was wrenching all the drama he could from that last
expression of the sorrow of life of Jesus. "Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder" says it all. And Bernstein's version comes in at the slowest.
Over nine minutes! Koopman at six. And the cold, heartless Gardiner
even faster. Gardiner has no concept of the meaning and glorious
passion in this music. Don't buy his Bach recordings. Listen only to
this last chorus' first phrase and how gut-wrenching it is! Bernstein
understood this great masterpiece, and his version is worth buying
just for this chorus.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Musical and Spiritual Experience. May 8 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Music is a dynamic art and must adapt in many ways with each individual performance. I really don't place much value in the effort to perform a composition only by the "original" or "period" standards. If one lays aside such bias, one may experience the muscial beauty and spiritual blessing of this performance of a sacred classic. I speak German as a second language, but thoroughly enjoyed hearing it in English. After all, one's mother tongue is always a more powerful medium. English draws us closer to the message of Christ's atoning death which Bach sought to share in this masterpiece. This recording is very passionate and moving. Kudos also to the staff at Sony who remastered the originals onto CD. I had no idea that the performance was from the early 60's until I read it. The sound quality is tops.
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