Schütz: St Matthew Passion, SWV 479

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Schütz: St Matthew Passion, SWV 479



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28th Feb 2011




54 minutes


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Schütz: St Matthew Passion, SWV 479

Julian Podger (Evangelist) & Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Jesus)

Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier



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The Matthäus-passion marks the conclusion of Dacapo’s critically acclaimed Schütz series with Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier.

Ars Nova were 2010 GRAMMY-WINNERS in the Best Small Ensemble Performance. Category

Heinrich Schutz: Matthaus-Passion, SWV 479


Und es begab sich, da Jesus alle diese Rede vollendet hatte

Da kam Jesus mit ihnen zu einem Hofe, der hiess Gethsemane

Die aber Jesum gegriffen hatten

Petrus aber sass draussen im Palast

Und da sie ihn verspottet hatten

Und am Abend kam ein reicher Mann von Arimathia


BBC Music Magazine

July 2011


“The heaviest responsibility rests with the Evangelist, superbly done by Podger. Though he rises to moments of great dramatic oratory in places...most of his account is delivered in measured tone and pace...Ars Nova Copenhagen's impeccable intonation creates a vibrant sonority at moments of cadential repose. Jespersen's Christus is deeply felt”

Classic FM Magazine

June 2011


“Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier make a good case here for what it, on the surface, pretty dry music. Aside from the very well-handled choral interjections (you wait for them, and boy, how they move you when they arrive!) the conductor initiates a steady build up of tension over this hour-long musical journey.”

International Record Review

April 2011

“Julian Podger matches the sparseness of Schutz's plainsong-like lines...with suitably restrained vocal production...What keeps the attention here is the way that all the solo singers - including those drawn from choir for the minor roles - inject just enough urgency and drama into their singing for us to feel the power of the unfolding story, but not so much as to disturb the work's underlying serenity and understatement...A hair-shirt Easter treat.”

The Observer

17th April 2011

“So plain is the story-telling that the Evangelist (the excellent Julian Podger) sings his familiar narration, deftly inflected, unaccompanied throughout; the touches of expressiveness from the choral interjections are all the more powerful, and the theological understanding is profound.”

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