St Matthew Passion discography

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Recordings of the St Matthew Passion are shown as a list of selected notable recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion. As of 2010, 175 recordings are listed on the bach-cantatas website. See also St John Passion discography.

The information lists typically

  • the conductor, label, time of recording
choir, orchestra
soloists in the order Evangelist, Vox Christi (Voice of Jesus), soprano, contralto, tenor (if the tenor arias are performed by a different tenor), bass.

Some recordings have different soloists for choir 1 and choir 2.

On modern instruments[edit]

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Amsterdam Toonkunstkoor & "Zanglust" Jongenskoor (choir master Willem Hespe)
Soloists: Karl Erb, Willem Ravelli, Jo Vincent, Ilona Durigo, Louis van Tulder, Hermann Schey
The Bach Choir / The Jacques Orchestra
Soloists: Eric Greene, Henry Cummings, Elsie Suddaby, Kathleen Ferrier, William Parsons
Großer Chor des Berliner Rundfunks, Boys’ Choir of the St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Soloists: Helmut Krebs, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elfriede Trötschel, Diana Eustrati, Friedrich Härtel
Chamber choir of the Wiener Akademie, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Soloists: Hugues Cuénod, Heinz Rehfuss, Magda Lászlò, Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Petre Munteanu, Richard Standen
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Residentie Orkest, Boys Choir of the Vredesscholen (Peace Schools) Amsterdam
Soloists: Tom Brand, Laurens Bogtman, Erna Spoorenberg, Annie Hermes, David Hollestelle, Guus Hoekman, Arjan Blanken
Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn, Boys Choir of Robert-Mayer-School of Heilbronn, Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra
Soloists: Helmut Krebs, Franz Kelch, Agnes Giebel, Renate Günther, Hermann Werdermann
Leith Hill Musical Festival Chorus and Orchestra
Soloists: Eric Greene, Gordon Clinton, Pauline Brockless, Nancy Evans, Wilfred Brown, John Carol Case[1]
Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Schottenstift Boys Choir, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Soloists: Uno Ebrelius, Hans Braun, Teresa Stich-Randall, Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Waldemar Kmentt, Walter Berry
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Chorknaben, Münchener Bach-Orchester
Soloists: Ernst Haefliger, Keith Engen, Irmgard Seefried, Antonia Fahberg, Hertha Töpper, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Max Proebstl
Dresdner Kreuzchor & Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Soloists: Peter Schreier, Theo Adam, Adele Stolte, Annelies Burmeister, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Günther Leib (review in German 2005)
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
Soloists: Peter Pears, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Walter Berry, Heather Harper, Geraint Evans
Collegiate Chorale, New York Philharmonic
Soloists, Adele Addison, William Wildermann, David Lloyd, Charles Bressler, Donaldson Bell, Betty Allen
Süddeutscher Madrigalchor
Soloists: Theo Altmeyer, Franz Crass (Jesus), Teresa Żylis-Gara, Julia Hamari, Nicolai Gedda, Hermann Prey
Coro di Voci Bianche dell'Oratorio dell'Immacolata di Bergamo, Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano della RAI
Soloists: Peter Schreier, Hermann Prey, Teresa Żylis-Gara, Margarita Lilova, Max van Egmond
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Chorknaben, Münchener Bach-Orchester
Soloists: Ernst Haefliger, Keith Engen, Ursula Buckel, Marga Höffgen, Peter van der Bilt
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Singverein (choir master : Helmuth Froschauer), Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (choir master : Walter Hagen-Groll), Knabenstimmen des Staats- und Domchores, Berlin (choir master : Karl Heinz Kaiser)
Soloists: Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Horst Laubenthal, Walter Berry, Anton Diakov
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Residentie Orkest, Koorschool St. Bavo
Soloists: Kurt Equiluz, Max van Egmond, Sheila Armstrong, Maureen Lehane, Neil Jenkins, Hermann Christian Polster
Gächinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Soloists: Adalbert Kraus, Siegmund Nimsgern, Arleen Augér, Ann Murray, Julia Hamari, Aldo Baldin, Philippe Huttenlocher
The Thames Chamber Orchestra, The Bach Choir and The Boys of St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Soloists: Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk, Felicity Lott, Alfreda Hodgson, Neil Jenkins, Stephen Roberts
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chorus
Soloists: Kurt Equiluz, Robert Holl, Arleen Augér, et al.
Staatskapelle Dresden, Rundfunkchor Leigpzig
Soloists: Lucia Popp, Marijana Lipovšek, Peter Schreier, Theo Adam, Eberhardt Büchner, Robert Holl
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Soloists: Hans Peter Blochwitz, Olaf Bär, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Sofie von Otter, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Tom Krause
Saito Kinen Orchestra, SKF Matsumoto Children’s Choir & Tokyo Opera Singers
Soloists: John Mark Ainsley, Thomas Quasthoff, Christiane Oelze, Nathalie Stutzmann, Stanford Olsen, Michael Volle, Katsunori Kono
Tölzer Knabenchor, Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester
Soloists: Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Christina Landshammer, Johannes Chum, Thomas Quasthoff

On period instruments[edit]

Concentus Musicus Wien, Boy's Voices of the Regensburger Domspatzen, Men's Voices of the King's college choir
Soloists: Kurt Equiluz, Karl Ridderbusch, boy soprano soloists of the Wiener Sängerknaben, Paul Esswood, Tom Sutcliffe, James Bowman, Nigel Rogers, Max van Egmond, Michael Schopper
This was the first recording of the St. Matthew Passion to use period instruments.
Leonhardt Consort, , Altarus-Ensemble, Musica da Camera, Groningse Bachvereniging
Soloists: Marius van Altena, Max van Egmond, three soloists of the Tölzer Knabenchor, René Jacobs, Harry Geraerts, Michiel ten Houte de Lange, Frits van Erven Dorens, Harry van der Kamp
organists: Ton Koopman and Bob van Asperen
This was the first recording of the St. Matthew Passion in the Netherlands to use period instruments.
La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent
Soloists: Howard Crook, Ulrik Cold, Barbara Schlick, René Jacobs, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Peter Kooy
English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Soloists: Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Andreas Schmidt, Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Howard Crook, Olaf Bär
La Petite Bande, Tölzer Knabenchor, Men's Choir of La Petite Bande
Soloists: Christoph Prégardien, Max van Egmond, members of the Tölzer Knabenchor, René Jacobs, David Cordier, Markus Schäfer, John Elwes, Klaus Mertens, Peter Lika
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Soloists: Guy de Mey, Peter Kooy, Barbara Schlick, Kai Wessel, Christoph Prégardien, Klaus Mertens
Choir of King's College Cambridge, Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Brandenburg Consort (Roy Goodman, leader)
Soloists: Rogers Covey-Crump, Michael George, Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Martyn Hill, David Thomas
Boys’ Choir of St Bavo's Cathedral, Haarlem & Nederlands Kamerkoor, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
Soloists: Nico van der Meel, Kristinn Sigmundsson, sopranos: María Cristina Kiehr, Mona Julsrud, contraltos: Claudia Schubert, Wilke te Brummelstroete, tenors: Ian Bostridge, Toby Spence, basses: Peter Kooy, Harry van der Kamp
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Soloists: Gerd Türk, Geert Schmits, Johannette Zomer, Andreas Scholl, Hans-Jorg Mammel, Peter Kooy
Collegium Vocale Gent
Soloists: Ian Bostridge, Franz-Josef Selig, Sibylla Rubens, Andreas Scholl, Werner Güra, Dietrich Henschel
Bach Collegium Japan
Soloists: Gerd Türk, Peter Kooy, Nancy Argenta, Robin Blaze, Makoto Sakurada, Chiyuki Urano
Knabenchor Hannover & Thomanerchor Leipzig (direction: Georg Christoph Biller) / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Barockorchester L'ARCO
Gerd Türk, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Elisabeth Scholl, Nathalie Stutzmann, Andreas Karasiak, Thomas Mohr
Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben
Soloists: Christoph Prégardien, Matthias Goerne, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Elisabeth von Magnus, Markus Schäfer, Dietrich Henschel, Christine Schäfer, Jan Leibnitz, Oliver Widmer, Bernarda Fink
Orchester der Klangverwaltung, Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, Tölzer Knabenchor
Soloists: Marcus Ullmann, Klaus Mertens, Anna Korondi, Anke Vondung, Werner Güra, Hans Christoph Begemann
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Soloists: Jörg Dürmüller, Ekkehard Abele, Cornelia Samuelis, Bogna Bartosz, Paul Agnew, Klaus Mertens
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Kampen Boys Choir
Soloists: Gerd Türk, Geert Schmits, Amaryllis Dieltiens, Siri Thornhill, Tim Mead, Matthew White, Julian Podger, Charles Daniels, Peter Harvey, Sebastian Noack
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Staats- und Domchor Berlin
Soloists: Sunhae Im, Bernarda Fink, Werner Güra, Topi Lehtipuu, Johannes Weisser, Konstantin Wolff
  • Peter Dijkstra, BR Klassik, 2014
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Regensburger Domspatzen, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Soloists: Karina Gauvin, Gerhild Romberger, Maximilian Schmitt, Julian Prégardien, Michael Nagy, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson

On period instruments with one-voice-per-part[edit]

Gabrieli Consort and Players
Soloists: Choir 1: Deborah York, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey. Choir 2: Julia Gooding, Susan Bickley, James Gilchrist, Stephan Loges - this recording uses one singer per part throughout.
Dunedin Consort
Soloists: Choir 1: Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist), Matthew Brook (Jesus), Soprano: Susan Hamilton, Alto: Claire Wilkinson. Choir 2: Soprano: Cecilia Osmond; Alto: Annie Gill; Tenor: Malcolm Bennett; Bass: Brian Bannatyne-Scott. This is the second recording of the St. Matthew Passion to use one voice per part throughout.
La Petite Bande
Soloists: Christoph Genz, Jan van der Crabben, Sopranos Gerlinde Sämann, Marie Kuijken; Altos: Petra Noskaiová, Patrizia Hardt; Tenor: Bernhard Hunziker; Bass Marcus Niedermeyr [1]

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