Leonard Bernstein Bach: St. Matthew Passion

Bach: St. Matthew Passion
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Sony

Tracks on 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'
  • 11.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 17 - 'He Answered Them, and Said' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 12.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 18 - 'Although My Heart and Eyes O'erflow' (Accompanied Recitative: Soprano)
  • 13.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 19 - 'Lord, To Thee My Heart I Proffer' (Aria: Soprano)
  • 14.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 20 - 'and When They Had Sung' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 15.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 21 - 'Acknowledge Me, My Keeper'
  • 16.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 22 - 'Then Answered Peter' (Recitative: Evangelist, Peter, Jesus)
  • 17.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 23 - 'Near Thee I Would Be Staying'
  • 18.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 24 - 'Then Cometh Jesus With Them' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 19.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 25 - 'O Grief, How Throbs' (Accompanied Recitative: Tenor)
  • 20.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 26 - 'I Would Beside My Lord Be Watching' (Aria: Tenor)
  • 21.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 27 - 'and He Went A Little Farther' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 22.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 28 - 'The Saviour, Low Before His Father Bending' (Accompanied Recitative: Bass)
  • 23.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 29 - 'Gladly Would I Be Enduring' ((Aria: Bass)
  • 24.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 30 - 'and He Came To His Disciples' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 25.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 31 - 'The Will of God Be Alway Done'
  • 26.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 32 - 'and He Came Again' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus, Judas)
  • 27.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 33 - 'Behold, My Saviour Now Is Taken' (Duet: Soprano and Alto)
  • 28.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 34 - 'and Behold, One of Them' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 29.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part I: No. 35 - 'O Man, Bewail Thy Grievous Sin!'
  • 30.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 36 - 'Ah! Now Is My Saviour Gone'
  • 31.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 37 - 'and They That Laid Hold On Jesus' (Recitative: Evangelist, 1st and 2nd Maids, Peter)
  • 32.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 46 - 'Truly, Thou Also Art One of Them'
  • 33.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 46 - 'and Then Did He Begin To Curse and To Swear' (Recitative: Evangelist, Peter)

Tracks on 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)
  • 11.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 59 - 'Let Him Be Crucified'
  • 12.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 59 - 'Then Released He Barabbas' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 13.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 60 - 'O Gracious God'
  • 14.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 62 - 'and Then Did The Soldiers of The Governor' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 15.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 62 - 'We Hail Thee, King of The Jews'
  • 16.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 62 - 'and Then They Spat On Him' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 17.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 63 - 'O Thou, With Hate Surrounded'
  • 18.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 64 - 'and After They Had Mocked Him' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 19.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 69 - 'Ah, Golgotha!'
  • 20.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 70 - 'Look Ye, Jesu Waiting Stands'
  • 21.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 71 - 'Now From The Sixth Hour' (Recitative: Evangelist, Jesus)
  • 22.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 71 - 'He Calleth For Elijah'
  • 23.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 71 - 'and Straightaway One of Them Ran' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 24.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 71 - 'Wait, and See If Elijah Cometh To Save Him'
  • 25.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 71 - 'and Again Jesus Cried Aloud' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 26.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 71 - 'When I Too Am Departing'
  • 27.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 73 - 'and Then, Behold, The Veil of The Temple' (Accompanied Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 28.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 73 - 'Truly, This Was The Son of God'
  • 29.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 73 - 'At Eventide There Came A Rich Man' (Recitative: Evangelist)
  • 30.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 74 - 'At Evening, Hour of Calm and Peace' (Accompanied Recitative: Bass)
  • 31.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 75 - 'Make Thee Clean, My Heart, From Sin' (Aria: Bass)
  • 32.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 77 - 'and Now The Lord To Rest Is Laid'
  • 33.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Part Ii: No. 78 - 'In Deepest Grief, Here Sit We Weeping'
  • 34.The Passion of Our Lord According To St. Matthew, Bwv 244: Leonard Bernstein Discusses The Material and Dramatic Structure of The St. Matthew Passion

Product Description:

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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