J. S. Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” 2 DVD + 1 Blu-ray / linen edition

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Sir Simon Rattle was in no doubt: the performance of the St Matthew Passion which he realised together with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in 2010 was for him “the single most important thing we ever did here”. Critics around the world agreed. They praised the outstanding musical interpretation of the soloists, choir and orchestra and the semi-staged production by director Peter Sellars. But although he brings powerful images to the stage, dramatic effects are by no means the focus. “It’s not theatre,” according to Sellars, “it’s a prayer, a meditation.” Making this tangible is the real aim of this haunting performance.

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The edition features both a DVD and a Blu-ray version, making it playable on all popular video players. Added to this, it is exclusively presented with a linen hardcover, a comprehensive booklet and numerous photos. The extensive bonus material includes an interview with Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey and a voucher for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion BWV 244 

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano
Kožená Mezzo-Soprano
Topi Lehtipuu
Tenor (Arias)
Mark Padmore
Tenor (Evangelist)
Christian Gerhaher Bass (Christ)
Thomas Quasthoff 
Bass (Arias)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey
Chorus Master
Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin
Kai-Uwe Jirka
Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Recording from 11 April 2010

Peter Sellars and Simon Halsey in conversation

  • DVD & Blu-ray

    J. S. Bach’s “St Matthew Passion”

    2 DVD + 1 Blu-ray / linen edition

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    St Matthew Passion + bonus material
    [NTSC 16:9  / PCM Stereo · DTS 5.1]

    Blu-ray Disc
    St Matthew Passion + bonus material
    in high definition video
    [1080i Full HD 16:9 / 2.0 PCM Stereo · DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1]

    Region Code
    0 / ABC (worldwide) 

    Playing time
    Concert: 195 mins · Bonus: 51 mins 

    English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

    (German, English): articles on the work and the production 

    Digital Concert Hall
    7-day ticket for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s
    video streaming service

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    US$ 49.00
    Excl. shipping

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