J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

St. Matthew Passion & St. John Passion

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Sueddeutscher Madrigalchor & Consortium musicum
Soloists:BWV 244:
Theo Altmeyer (Evangelist)
Franz Crass (Jesus)
Teresa Zylis-Gara (soprano)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Julia Hamari (contralto)
Hermann Prey (bass)
Siegfried Heartel (Judas)
Hans Sotin (Peter, Grand-Priest, Pilate)
Liselotte Renner (first maid)
Susann Duerr (second maid)
Vera Scherr (first servant)
Thee Altmeyer (second servant)
Noor Leertower (wife of Pilat)
Choeurs d'enfants
BWV 245:
Theo Altmeyer (Evangelist)
Franz Crass (Jesus)
Kurt Moll (Pilate)
Elly Ameling (soprano)
Kurt Equiluz (tenor)
Brigitte Fassbaender (contralto)
Siegmund Nimsgern (bass)
Helmut Kuehnle (Peter)
Susanne Duerr (maid)
Martin Hermann (servant)
Instrumentation:Choir
Orchestra
Voice
Individual Works:St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
St John Passion, BWV 245
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI France
Catalog Number:7243 4 89167 2 3
Year Released/Recorded:1969/1970
Total Playing Time:BWV 244: 196'33"; BWV 245 129'48"
Comments:Box with 5CD (St Matthew Passion on 3CD; and St John Passion on 2CD). Old recording in old (romantic) style -- big choir, slow tempi. It was cheap, but I am afraid -- distributed only in France.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Przemyslaw Kowalski
Date First Submitted:08/10/2001