Caprice Records
Disc No: CAP 22025
Price: Sek. 325 (2CD) David Åhlén (1885-1969) established a Bach tradition in Sweden at the request of the Nobel prizewinner, Archbishop Nathan Söderblom, which later spread to other churches in the country. As cantor at Engelbrekt Church in Stockholm, David Åhlén conducted St. Matthew Passion every Easter between 1923 and 1956. A Swedish Radio tape recording of the last performance is published here for the first time.
Name: Father David and his Bach

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ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Bach, Johann Sebastian BWV 244 Matteuspassionen   Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm - David Åhlén
Members of Musikaliska Sällskapet
The Church Choir of Engelbrekt
The Boy Choir of the Swedish Radio

Ernst Törnqvist, violin
Carl Achatz, flute
Bengt Överström, flute
Rolf Lännerholm, oboe
Max Dickert, oboe
Lars-Olof Loman, cor anglais
Per-Olof Gillblad, cor anglais
Bertil Düring, harpsichord
Henry Lindroth, organ
Kerstin Lindberg-Torlind, soprano
Birgit Schöldberg-Stenberg, contralto
Olle Sidvall, tenor
Erik Saedén, bass

Cast: Evangelist - Uno Ebrelius
Jesus - Bernhard Sönnerstedt
Judas - Carl-Henrik Gillberg
Peter, Pontius Pilate - Erik Saedén
High Priest - Alvar Cedermark

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