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John Eliot Gardiner

Bach, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (2CD)

For three decades Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s first recording of the Bach St Matthew Passion has been a milestone in the catalogue. Deutsche Grammophon is reissuing this masterstroke in a 2-CD brilliant box, replacing the previous 3-CD release.

When Sir John Eliot Gardiner, released his first recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 1989, it was considered a milestone in style and interpretation and remains so to this day – with his approach to the work as celebrated as his first-class soloists: his great Monteverdi Choir and the splendid Baroque Soloists.

• 16-page booklet with original liner notes by Sir John Eliot Gardiner (German, English)

“An intense, dramatic reading which now makes a fine alternative choice, not just for period-performance devotees but for anyone not firmly set against the new authenticity.. The result is an invigorating, intense retelling of the story.” – PENGUIN GUIDE TO CLASSICAL MUSIC