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Bach: St. John Passion
Hermann Prey, Johann Sebastian Bach, Karl Richter
Bach: St. John Passion
Genre: Classical
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  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2


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Dramatic performance of the Passion according to St. John
Leonard C. Layne | Cambridge, MA | 03/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What characterizes this performance is drama and tension. There is no need to be concerned with performance practice here. Conrfomity with the edition and time no doubt had its influence. However, the decisions produced a historically smart performance, albeit with modern instruments and a scaled down choir and orchestra for that day. Richter was a hero paving the way for historic performance practice, although he didn't care for period instruments. The result is thrilling. The choral textures are beautifully and skilfully woven, warm when necessary, sinewy and terse when required. The prcision is remarkable. If I remember, from my LP detail, there were 60 in the choir and 45 in the orchestra.The tenor narative is caringly sung by Enrst Haefliger, one of the best. As a musician and a Christian, I highy recommend this recording. It is a testament of faith."
The guided tour
Johannes Climacus | 02/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After 30 seconds of listening to the opening chorus it hit me and I had to rewind to verify: it's the guided tour to the piece. Amazing, I have never heard any performance of anything that is as much a lesson as it is best-of-class performance. Richter is taking the listener by the hand and explains how the piece works, by performing it with minimal emphasis on different concurrent lines. Polyphony explained, wonders shown, all without words. If you consider yourself both a lover and a student of Bach music (two roles that are probably hard to separate) this is the recording to get."
The Master, from the Expert
ThTugboat | Long Island, New York United States | 03/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Karl Richter was known as the pre-eminent Bach interpreter of his time. In this CD, one can see why. The color, depth, and delicate counterpoint of this piece well up from this CD and sweep the listener into the precision and beauty of St. John's Passion."