BRC-2016 - Bach Johannes-Passion Grossmann
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I write to congratulate you because your transfer, though done using the 33 1/3 lps, is so much better I really am amazed by the difference. Even more puzzlingly, I found your transfer of the Hollander/Previn Khachaturian concerto far better than its official Japanese transfer (on RCA) - and I say this because the Japanese are known for making transfers usually far better than those made here or in the US.
Dave LloydLondon, England for BRC-2455


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This is one of the VOX pioneering recordings at a time when complete Passions were a rarity. Among the three sets available in 1955 the Long Playing Record Guide preferred this one: "Grossmann leads a warm, well executed performance, recorded fairly well", wrote Warren De Motte. In fact though the chorus today might sound a bit woolly, the soloists are very much near perfection and Gruber's Evangelist is a blessing. Equally fine contributions all round and the solo lines were graced by Nikolaus Hubner's gamba and Guenter Breitenbach's viola d'amore. As usual what might be missing in scholarship was amply compensated by good taste and a naturalness of utterance. No wonder Nicolaus Harnoncourt among the orchestra's cellos assimilated the great lessons he later expanded.

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