Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-passion Bwv 244
Label: Warner Classics
Christoph Pregardien, Michael Schade, Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
Some 30 years were to pass before Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus Wien recorded the St. Matthew Passion for the second time for the Teldec label: Released in 2001, the production was a bestseller and won a Grammy in the category "Best Choral Performance" in 2002. Now this outstanding recording is being reissued with the expressive painting "Agnus Dei" by the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbaráns as the cover motif. Reviews G. Willmes in FonoForum 6 / 01: "The magnificent cast is representative of Harnoncourt's interpretational concept: culinary art is the highest commandment, the former ascetic is no longer afraid of beautiful tones. Harnoncourt's tempi have become even brisker, the playing of the Concentus musicus more gripping and virtuosic, the articulation more vital. Even the chorales seem highly charged emotionally."