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Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
Conducted by Reginald Jacques

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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion · G. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

 

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - Revised by Elgar & Atkins; Sung in English, and the translation was done by Troutbeck & Johnson. Omits Nos. 11, 21, 65, 66; Abridged Nos. 10, 12

Reginald Jacques

The Bach Choir / The Jacques Orchestra

Soprano: Elsie Suddaby; Contralto: Kathleen Ferrier; Tenor: Eric Greene; Bass [Jesus]: Henry Cummings; Bass [Arias]: William Parsons; Bass [Judas, Peter]: Gordon Clinton

Richmond / Decca / Dutton / Membran

Jun, Aug 1947

3-CD / TT: 175:09

A CD transfer from this recording includes 15 Arias & Choruses. From the liner notes to the CD edition on Membran: This production is made up of a 'Highlights' recording from 1947 supplemented by 1948 recordings of several of the missing numbers. Why these original recordings did not lead to a complete recording (the bass aria 'come, healing fross', for example, is still missing) is not known today." Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, England.
See: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - conducted by Reginald Jacques
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Ferrier English Passion

Yoël L. Arbeitman wrote (September 10, 2005):
I have had a very joyous Bachian experience and want to share the information. Aryeh's supersite lists:
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St. Matthew Passion
Matthäus-Passion BWV 244
Reginald Jacques
The Bach Choir / The Jacques Orchestra
Soprano: Elsie Suddaby; Contralto: Kathleen Ferrier; Tenor: Eric Greene; Bass [Jesus]: Henry Cummings; Bass [Arias]: William Parsons; Bass [Judas, Peter]: Gordon Clinton

Richmond / Decca
1947-1948
3-CD / TT:

Omits Nos. 11, 21, 65, 66; Abridged Nos. 10, 12. The work is revised by Elgar & Atkins, sung in English, and the translation was done by Troutbeck & Johnson. A CD transfer from this recording includes 15 Arias & Choruses
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Actually the complete recording as originally issued on Decca/ Richmond which I long enjoyed and still have the LPs of (don't play them) was in 1999 reissued on Dutton together with on CD 3, a previously unpublished take of "If my tears be unavailing" (which runs 10:02) + the recording with Ferrier and soprano Joan Taylor of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater conducted by Roy Henderson. It is amazing that this 1999 issue is out of print. I finally found a copy of it, seeming new. It also seems to me that Aryeh's site shows a photo of the Dutton issue.

Douglas Cowling wrote (September 10, 2005):
[To Yoël L. Arbeitman] This was my first encounter with the St. Matthew Passion as an eight-year old choirboy. I still get chills up and down my spine when I think of the effect it had on me. I keep the old LPs even though they are unplayable now from my constant listening. Kathleen Ferrier's singing, although totally unfashionable now, is beautiful -- a real contralto. Elsie Suddaby had a lovely clear soprano decades before Emma Kirkby became a star. There's a wonderful old recording of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" (Beecham)? where she sings the part of the boy who spies the cloud appearing in heaven in the sacrifice scene -- an absolute delight.

 

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244: Details
Recordings: 1900-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-2019 | Individual Movements
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | BWV 244a | BWV 244b
Systemetic Discussions:
Part 1: Mvts. 1-8 | Part 2: Mvts. 9-20 | Part 3: Mvts. 21-29 | Part 4: Mvts. 30-40 | Part 5: Mvts. 41-50 | Part 6: Mvts. 51-57 | Part 7: Mvts. 58-63b | Part 8: Mvts. 63c-68 | Part 9: Role of the Evangelist
Individual Recordings:
BWV 244 - L. Bernstein | BWV 244 - F. Brüggen | BWV 244 - J. Butt | BWV 244 - R. Chailly | BWV 244 - S. Cleobury | BWV 244 - J. Daus | BWV 244 - D. Fasolis | BWV 244 - W. Furtwängler | BWV 244 - J.E. Gardiner | BWV 244 - W. Gönnenwein | BWV 244 - P. Goodwin | BWV 244 - E.z. Guttenberg | BWV 244 - N. Harnoncourt | BWV 244 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 244 - R. Jacques | BWV 244 - H.v. Karajan | BWV 244 - O. Klemperer | BWV 244 - T. Koopman | BWV 244 - S. Koussevitzky | BWV 244 - S. Kuijken | BWV 244 - F. Lehmann | BWV 244 - G. Leonhardt | BWV 244 - P.J. Leusink | BWV 244 - E.&R. Mauersberger | BWV 244 - H. Max | BWV 244 - P. McCreesh | BWV 244 - W. Mengelberg | BWV 244 - K. Münchinger | BWV 244 - R. Norrington | BWV 244 - G. Oberfrank | BWV 244 - S. Ozawa | BWV 244 - A. Parrott | BWV 244 - G. Ramin | BWV 244 - S. Rattlr | BWV 244 - K. Richter | BWV 244 - H. Rilling | BWV 244 - H.J. Rotzsch | BWV 244 - H. Scherchen | BWV 244 - G. Solti | BWV 244 - C. Spering | BWV 244 - M. Suzuki | BWV 244 - J.v. Veldhoven | BWV 244 - B. Walter | BWV 244 - F. Werner | BWV 244 - M. Wöldike
Articles:
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 [T.N. Towe] | Two Easter St. Matthew Passions (Plus One) [U. Golomb] | St. Matthew Passion from Harnoncourt [D. Satz] | The Passion according to Saint Matthew BWV 244 [J. Rifkin] | The Relationship between BWV 244a (Trauermusik) and BWV 244b (SMP Frühfassung) [T. Braatz] | Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 - Early History (A Selective, Annotated Bibliography) [W. Hoffman] | Spiritual Sources of Bach's St. Matthew Passion [W. Hoffman] | Bach and the "Great Passion" [D.G. Lebut Jr.] | The Genesis of Bach's `Great Passion': 1724-29 [W. Hoffman] | Early Performances of Bach's SMP [T. Braatz]

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