Deutsche Grammophon 2001. Münchener Bach-Chor,
Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter.
Karl Richter's earlier account of the St. Matthew Passion, the first in Stereo, has ever since been regarded as a benchmark recording
"Listening to [this recording] is a revelation and it must surely glow as brightly as any great recording landmark of the1950s. The 32-year-old Richter was at the height of his powers at this time.. ... Kieth Engen is arguably the most memorable Christus on record, with a gravitas and constancy of tone which give him an authority and nobility of great distinction. Fischer-Dieskau [sings] the arias, of which “Mache dich" with its sensitive shading and immediacy of dialogue with the strings is exceptionally moving. ... Ernst Haefliger is a prize narrator as the Evangelist ...Irmgard Seefried and Hertha Töpper render the poetry of the arias with detached eloquence. ... there are few, if any, finer versions of the Matthew Passion on disc ... this is a monumental achievement."