St. Matthew Passion

 

Bach St. Matthew Passion (St. Matthäus Passion) oratorio. Features singers Mark Padmore (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Maria Espada and Renate Arends (sopranos), Ingeborg Danz and Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-sopranos), Peter Gijsbertsen (tenor), and Henk Neven (bass). Iván Fischer conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir, and the National Children’s Choir (Chorus Master Gijs Leenaars). Directed for TV by Dick Kuijs. Released 2013, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Update on 2013-07-02 by Henry McFadyen Jr.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood writing in the July 2013 Gramophone at 76, praises all aspects of this recording (especially the playing by the orchestra) but one: he feels that Fisher's "pure, abstract line ignited in a clean, rhetorical glow" is still lacking in passion, tenderness, and ardour.