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John Guarente
Choral Journal, November 2013

BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Biller) (NTSC) ACC-20256
BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Biller) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10256

Wolfram Lattke’s Evangelist is clear and consistent. Stefan Kahle’s alto arias are pure and never strained…As expected, the Thomanerchor prove themselves experts at leaning into dissonances and creating excitement in the turba choruses.

Conductors who wish to become adept at performing the later sacred works of Bach would do well to study this video, as the manner in which Georg Christoph Biller deals with accompanied recitative is about as practical as it gets. The boys of Thomanerchor are brought up to sing this music, and having the proud results of this venerable institution available on two discs is a rare treat. © 2013 Choral Journal



Hans de Groot
The WholeNote, March 2013

…it is very successful; I found watching and listening to it a very moving experience. The soloists are all good but the finest is the Christus, the bass Klaus Mertens, who sings with wonderful sonority, impeccable diction and true involvement. © 2013 The WholeNote Read complete review



Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, January 2013

BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Biller) (NTSC) ACC-20256
BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Biller) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10256

Georg Christoph Biller’s straightforward, flowing tempos have just enough breadth to convey the appropriate dignity for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion…He’s sensitive to matters of pacing, maintaining the sense of momentum through the various transitions among recitatives, choral interjections and set pieces. In Biller’s hands, this St. Matthew is not just an extended act of reverence but a real liturgical drama. He’s got the chorus of men and boys trained nicely. Their sound, whether in homogeneous chorales or in busy counterpoint, is full-bodied yet transparent; even the altos…register clearly within the textures.

The soloists are well chosen…Wolfram Lattke’s full-throated Evangelist, compelling and urgent, helps keep the show moving.

Klaus Mertens is a firm, dignified Jesus, responsive without turning sanctimonious. Bass Gotthold Schwarz sings…“Komm, süsses Kreuz” with legato and real sweetness.

The smaller roles…are taken by various members of the choir. They all sing competently…

The videography is conservative and…well judged…The sound is vivid… © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



Infodad.com, October 2012

The performance directed by Georg Christoph Biller is undeniably splendid, packed with knowing and sure-voiced soloists and featuring the remarkably smooth and elegant voices of the justly renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig. Solos, choral and orchestral elements blend beautifully here in an interpretation that fully captures the religious transcendence packed by Bach into this remarkable work. © 2012 Infodad.com Read complete review






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