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Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Conducted by Bruno Walter

Recording

V-1

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 – Part 1

Bruno Walter

The Westminster Choir & Junior Choirs of the Pius X School of Liturgical Music / New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Tenor [Evangelist]: Walter Hain; Bass [Jesus]: Lorenzo Alvary; Soprano: Nadine Conner; Alto: Jean Watson; Baritone: Mack Harrell; Baritone: Herbert Janssen

Bruno Walter Society / Minerva / Phonographe

1943 or Apr 1945

CD / TT: 78:34

Part One Only; abridges Nos. 10, 12, 19, and 29

Bach-Mahler-Walter

Bradley Lehman wrote (April 4, 2002):
< Jim Morrison wrote: I was wrong. This is clearly the Bruno Waler/Mahler/Bach list. >
So, did Walter ever record (or even perform) the composite orchestral suite that Mahler assembled from Bach's suites 2 and 3? (The one that Esa-Pekka Salonen recorded in 1999 in L.A.?) A weird pastiche: the ouverture, rondeau, and badinerie from suite #2 and then the air and two gavottes from suite #3, reorchestrated. B minor, D major, ehhh, whatever!

Walter devotes a chapter to the St Matthew Passion in his book. Anybody know: do there exist any recordings of a Walter performance of the SMP?

Walter describes ornaments in Bach as an essential spice, as with food: their general function is to introduce enough dissonance for good taste, where the music might be too bland without them. I like crossover comments like that.

Philip Peters wrote (April 5, 2002):
< Bradley Lehman wrote: Walter devotes a chapter to the St Matthew Passion in his book. Anybody know: do there exist any recordings of a Walter performance of the SMP? >
Only of part one and IIRC that is not quite complete either. It was recorded in 1943 with Mack Harrell and Herbert Janssen as the most distinguished of the soloists (the others are Walter Hain, Lorenzo Alvary, Nadine Conner and Jean Watson). The orchestra is the NYP. It has been reissued on CD as Phonographe PH 5031/32 by Nuova Era Records in Italy (bizarrely coupled with Leonore III with the VPO from 1936) and probably on other labels as well.IMO it is rather terrible but, of course, interesting.


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]

Bruno Walter: Short Biography | New York Philharmonic Orchestra | BWV 244 – Walter

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