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Paul L. Althouse
American Record Guide, July 2019

The singing is headed by a fine Evangelist, Georg Poplutz, and a first-rate chorus of about 33, which handles the crowd scenes with energy. Otto follows Bach’s instructions by having (separate) soloists for all eight parts in the two choruses, and he has women for the alto solos. Thus we have two each of sopranos, altos, and so forth.

Otto is to be commended for pacing the work convincingly and with balancing the devotional requirements… The recording, made in the Mainz Christuskirche, is clear and well balanced with no loss of warmth. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Choir & Organ, July 2019

Every detail is fastidiously crafted, the soloists are consistently high quality and the period-instrument orchestra plays beautifully. © 2019 Choir & Organ



The Northern Echo, May 2019

A wonderfully balanced account comes from a strong cast of soloists… highly recommended. © 2019 The Northern Echo



Lark Reviews, March 2019

This new recording from Mainz has a relaxed reflective approach, musically very sound and frequently beautifully sung. © 2019 Lark Reviews



Tal Agam
The Classic Review, March 2019

The choir is at its best in the dramatic crowd scenes…

The real star here is George Poplutz, who takes again the role of the evangelist. He is a highly engaged, effective communicator of this challenging role, remaining in style without sounding too operatic. Matthias Winckhler is another effective, down-to-earth Jesus, and Mezzo Gerhild Romberger gives lyrical and heartfelt arias, including the sublime “Erbarme dich”. Soprano Julia Kleiter is another fine soloist, as in her performance of “Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben”. © 2019 The Classic Review Read complete review





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