|Comments:||Ehud Shiloni said:|
Interpretaion: "Old School", but overall interesting.
Acoustics: Not bad at all, considering this is 23 years old.
A 1976 original, re-released on 2CD's in 1998. This is an "old school" rendition, with a "modern" orchestra and a boys choir. However, it comes directly from Leipzig, directed by the then-Thomascantor Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, and with the choir of the Thomaskirche, so it deserves attention even from later- day afficionados trained on Gardiner's and now on Suzuki's "Historically Informed" versions. The pace here is slower, the boys voices "shriek" occassionally, and overall I cannot say that this is a first-choice version. But: Peter Schreier is very-very good as evangelist, and the sound of the Gewandhausorchester at times becomes really impressive and convincing, such as with the bass aria "Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen".
So,on balance, I can recommend this one as an interesting addition to a "St. John collection".