Karl-Friedrich Beringer

C.P.E. Bach: Matthäus-Passion 1781

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C.P.E. Bach: Matthäus-Passion 1781 Review

by James Leonard

This is the world-premiere recording of this heartfelt and wonderfully musical 2003 performance with Karl-Friedrich Beringer leading the Windsbacher Knabenchor, the Deutsche Kammer-Virtuosen Berlin, and five vocal soloists in this first-class work of late-Enlightenment sacred music. Compared with the enormous Passion settings by his father, C.P.E. Bach's Passion moves quickly from Gethsemane to Golgotha in little more than an hour -- and unlike his father's settings, C.P.E. Bach's emphasizes hope and redemption over pain and suffering. The recitatives are still highly dramatic, the arias are still deeply affecting, and the choruses are still profound, but the ultimate effect is less exhausting and more exalting than earlier Passion settings. Captured in warm, colorful, and vivid sound by Rondeau, this St. Matthew Passion should be heard by anyone who enjoys the music of Bach's second son and anyone interested in German music in the eighteenth century.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, H. 794, Wq. nv3
1 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:06 Amazon
2 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 03:48 Amazon
3 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 03:11 Amazon
4 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:07 Amazon
5 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:42 Amazon
6 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:51 Amazon
7 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:16 Amazon
8 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:45 Amazon
9 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 04:34 Amazon
10 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:45 Amazon
11 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 03:54 Amazon
12 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 00:53 Amazon
13 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:28 Amazon
14 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:49 Amazon
15 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:18 Amazon
16 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:47 Amazon
17 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:12 Amazon
18 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:44 Amazon
19 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:08 Amazon
20 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:11 Amazon
21 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:36 Amazon
22 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 00:50 Amazon
23 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 03:10 Amazon
24 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:08 Amazon
25 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 00:34 Amazon
26 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:41 Amazon
27 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 06:29 Amazon
28 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 02:27 Amazon
29 Karl-Friedrich Beringer 01:22 Amazon
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