Wolfgang Gonnenwein

Bach: St Matthew Passion

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Had we but world enough and time, the re-release of this 1968 recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion led by Wolfgang Gönnenwein would be no crime. If we could sit each day and listen to each of the dozens of recordings of this monumental work, than no one would begrudge spending the 196 minutes it takes to listen to his. But we don't have all the time in the world and even the work's biggest fans will have to admit that this recording is merely passable. Certainly, it is not without its merits. Tenor Nicolai Gedda and bass Hermann Prey are wonderfully moving in their solos and the Süddeutscher Madrigalchor is rich-toned and lovely in its many choruses. But most of the rest of the soloists are mediocre at best, the Consortium Musicum is adequate at most, and director Gönnenwein is pedantic and phlegmatic, but not much more. Recorded in thick, dull sound by EMI, this performance is suitable only for those who have to hear every recording of the work ever made.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
1
9:03
2
0:52
3
1:04
4
0:31
5
0:17
6
0:44
7
0:35
8
1:45
9
1:05
10
4:48
11
0:39
12
5:26
13
0:15
14
0:31
15
1:39
16
0:10
17
0:13
18
1:03
19
3:59
20
1:40
21
4:09
22
1:21
23
1:12
24
1:11
25
1:18
26
2:00
27
2:25
28
6:02
29
0:57
30
1:12
31
4:52
32
1:37
33
1:17
34
2:56
35
3:39
36
1:24

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
1
2:48
2
7:21
3
4:51
4
1:15
5
0:55
6
1:19
7
1:05
8
3:57
9
1:37
10
0:13
11
0:15
12
0:22
13
1:02
14
1:05
15
0:14
16
1:28
17
7:32
18
1:14
19
1:03
20
0:09
21
0:48
22
3:49
23
2:33
24
1:20
25
2:27
26
0:24
27
1:01
28
0:16
29
1:15
30
5:20
31
0:04
32
0:20
33
0:33
34
0:51
35
0:25
36
0:56
37
7:49
38
0:40
39
0:11
40
0:18
41
2:27

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
1
1:03
2
0:41
3
5:47
4
2:02
5
0:32
6
0:10
7
1:02
8
0:19
9
1:44
10
4:16
11
1:48
12
0:04
13
0:24
14
0:09
15
0:30
16
1:32
17
1:24
18
0:24
19
1:21
20
2:15
21
8:10
22
1:14
23
1:13
24
0:42
25
2:20
26
7:17
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