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Baroque Christmas: Cantatas & Motets

Baroque Christmas: Cantatas & Motets

Bach, C P E:

Christmas cantata 'Auf schicke dich recht feierlich', Wq. 249 (H815)

Heilig (Te Deum Laudamus), Wq. 217 (H778)

Bach, J C F:

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Bach, J C'ph:

Motet 'Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf'

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV143 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele'

Bach, W F:

Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis


Das neugebor'ne Kindelein, BuxWV13


Cur fles, Jesu


Oh quam jubilat, motetto per il Santissimo Natale

Geist, C:

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern


Stelle lucide


Göttlichs Kind, laß mit Entzücken, TWV 1:1020a

Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Wilfried Jochens (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), Ludwig Guttler (corno da caccia)

Thomanerchor Leipzig, Tolzer Knabenchor, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert, Berliner Barock-Compagney, L’Arte del mondo, Werner Ehrhardt, Hermann Max

Beside the famous master of Baroque Music, Johann Sebastian Bach, this 2CD set includes nearly unknown but not less atmospheric treasures of baroque Christmas music. Most of them were commissioned works for the feast and includes very different styles: from festive cantatas, moody motets to chamber musically solo songs.

A 'must' for all lovers of Baroque Music as well as for listeners who would like to find some extraordinary music for the upcoming feast.

“Seasonal motets and cantatas by Christiam Geist, Pal Esterhazy, Buxtehude, and Giuseppe Maria Po del Finale, with a tranch of contributions from Bach family members. Thoroughly engaging.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

Capriccio - C5217

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Johannes Chum (Evangelist), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Jesus), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (alto), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (bass) & Klaus Häger (Pilate, Peter, Judas)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Thomanerchor Leipzig & Thomanerchor Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

The great orchestra of Bach's own city of Leipzig in a glorious new recording of his choral masterpiece.

Played on modern instruments, Chailly’s Bach beautifully demonstrates that vivid, stylistically aware performance is not the exclusive preserve of period instrument ensembles.

Distinguished German vocal soloists, including acclaimed bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, rise gloriously to the challenges of Bach’s exalted score.

The choir parts are thrillingly sung by two of Germany's most celebrated boys' choirs - the Thomanerchor Leipzig and the Tölzer Knabenchor.

On 2 CDs (most recordings are on 3 CDs).

Released for Easter 2010.

Part of a trio of Bach releases that also includes the Brandenburg Concertos (January 2010) and Christmas Oratorio (November 2010).

“Here’s Bach’s great Easter Passion straight from Bach’s heartland, Leipzig, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, St Thomas’s Boys Choir, and an ease of delivery that can come only when you breathe in the composer every day. Conducting, Chailly lets the music speak.” The Times, 27th March 2010 ****

“Riccardo Chailly's new recording nods to the weight of tradition yet the purposeful, rosy, Victorian bloom of his orchestra is lightly applied. Tempi are fleet, lilting; the attack of the local boys' choirs sharp and delicate; the voices of the soloists cool and direct.” The Independent on Sunday, 4th April 2010

“Chailly has assimilated a historically informed performing style, but his interpretation bristles with drama, thanks to the gripping narrative of his Evangelist, Johannes Chum...Yet it is the contribution of the two choirs, and Chailly’s devoted conducting, that make the issue special” Sunday Times, 4th April 2010 ****

“There is some accomplished solo singing, and the part of Christ is taken with...intensity by Hanno Müller-Brachmann...Thomas Quasthoff has a lovely presence” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 **

“The Leipzig Gewandhausorchester's brilliant sound dances in Riccardo Chailly's jubilant recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral singing is lithe from the Dresdner Kammerchor. Bass Konstantin Wolff leads a well-balanced and characterful quintet of vocal soloists, with soprano Carolyn Sampson sounding peach-sweet in her arias...A joy from start to finish.” The Independent on Sunday, 19th December 2010

“very recommendable indeed. The balance is excellent, as is immediately shown in the opening double chorus...and there is an ideally wide range of dynamics between soloists and chorus, so the effect is very real, with a fine bloom on the solo voices...Chailly's pacing is freshly resilient and the refined orchestal playing often has the lightest touch.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Decca - 4782194

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Peter Schreier (Evangelist), Arleen Auger (soprano), Heidi Riess (alto), Armin Ude (tenor), Siegfried Lorenz (baritone), Theo Adam (bass)

Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Leipzig Thomanerchor, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch

RCA - 74321491812

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Ruth Holton (soprano), Matthias Rexroth (countertenor), Marcus Ullmann (Evangelist and tenor arias), Henryk Böhm (Pilatus), Gotthold Schwarz (Jesus)

St Thomas’s Boys Choir & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is among the most performed works of our time. This recording with St Thomas’s Boys Choir and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig was produced in 2007 and is now available with new artwork and at a special price.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Rondeau - ROP405051

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Stille Nacht

Stille Nacht

Thomas Nitschke (treble), Ulrich Schicha (organ), Jochen Kowalski (counter-tenor)

Stuttgart Hymnus Boys' Choir, Dresden Kreuzchor, Regensburger Domspatzen, Philharmonic Art Ensemble, Leipzig Thomaner Choir, Unknown Artist, Unknown Artist, Martin Flamig, Roland Buechner, Frank Bohme, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Unknown Artist

Profil Medien - PH12063

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Weihnachten in Leipzig

Weihnachten in Leipzig

Dresdner Kammerchor (chorus), John Constable (harpsichord), Tess Miller (oboe), Celia Nicklin (oboe), Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Hans-Christian Bartel (musical director), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (contralto), Robert Erlich (recorder), Antje Hensel (recorder), Sebastian Breuninger (violin), Jaap Ter Linden (viola da gamba), Reinhard Goebel (leader), David Hohlfeld (vocalist), Reinhard Goebel (musical director), Sarah Pendlebury (soprano), Hannelore Devaere (harp), Michael Schonheit (cembalo), Cornelia Grohmann (flute), Hedwig Bilgram (harpsichord), Ulrike Schott (harpsichord), Iwona Fütterer (harpsichord), Karl Richter (harpsichord), Martin Bayer (vocalist), Stefan Puppe (vocalist), Gidon Kremer (violin), Simon Preston (organ)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Musica Antiqua Köln, Musica Antiqua Köln, Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Consort, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Riccardo Chailly, Georg Christoph Biller, Iona Brown, Hans-Christian Bartel, Reinhard Goebel, Paul McCreesh, Karl Richter

DG - 4826068

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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Ute Selbig (soprano), Susanne Krumbiegel (soprano), Martin Petzold (tenor), Elisabeth Wilke (alto), Gotthold Schwarz (bass)

Thomanerchor Leipzig, Leipziger Barockorchester, Georg Christoph Biller

A new sonic benchmark - for Bach in and from Leipzig - Leipziger Volkszeitung On this release, the Thomaner are joined by the Leipziger Barockorchester and renowned soloists. In his preface to the liner notes, Thomaskantor George Christoph Biller values the mass as a "highly focused summary of the Christian believes, as well as an architecturally perfect structure."

Rondeau - ROP4048-49

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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Ute Selbig, Susanne Krumbiegel, Elisabeth Wilke, Martin Petzold & Gotthold Schwarz

Thomanerchor Leipzig & Leipziger Barockorchester, Georg Christoph Biller

“A new sonic benchmark – for Bach in and from Leipzig”, this is what the Leipziger Volkszeitung called the final concert of the 2006 Bachfest, in which the Thomanerchor Leipzig had performed the Mass in B minor. Rondeau Production has finally re-issued a recording of the Mass. On this venture, the Thomaner are joined by the Leipziger Barockorchester and renowned soloists. In his preface to the liner notes, Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller values the Mass as “a highly focussed summary of the Christian beliefs, as well as an architecturally perfect structure. The Mass in B minor is the best example of how timeless and time-related elements come together and complement each other.” The Mass, which is often referred to as Johann Sebastian Bach’s opus summum, is also the work, in which the great Thomaskantor draws a conclusion of his life as a composer.

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Dimitri Terzakis: Visionen

Dimitri Terzakis: Visionen




a une madone

visionen, die schalen des zorns

sonate infernale

Karla Beyer (violin), Lucie Leker (violin), Brigitte Fassbaender (narrator), Andreas Kersten (piano), Kolja Lessing (violin), Ute Loeck (narrator), Christiane Lorenz (flute), Tatjana Masurenko (viola), Andres Maupoint (piano) & Antigone Papoulkas (soprano)

Thomanerchor Leipzig & Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Georg Christoph Biller & Ulf Schirmer

For almost half a century Dimitri Terzakis has been living in Germany. As a student of the composition class of Bernd Alois Zimmermann, he very quickly chose a quite individual style – and got back to the roots of the music of his native country, Greece. Terzakis delved into the tonal system of ancient Greece and discovered undreamt of possibilities in the formation of melody and tonality beyond major and minor. Micro-intervals and sliding pitches as well as the realization of the finest dynamic nuances are important for melodic flexibility in his music.

The violin duo Legetos from 1988 (which begins this programme) – with its two-voice linearity and fascinating spatial effects – offers a characteristic look into the originality of Terzakis’ sound world.

All the other works on this CD are in different ways inspired by literature in different ways. In his Sappho Cycle, Terzakis draws on a number of fragments by this ancient poet and, at the end, on a complete poem that was recently discovered.

The instrumental reflection on the poem A une Madone from Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire is not programme music, but rather a musical representation of the poem's peculiar atmosphere which comes into being through the alternation of eroticism and the demonic.

Unusual and extraordinarily interesting in terms of sound is the instrumentation of the choral work Visionen, where the text source is the Apocalypse of St. John. Here, along with the choir, there is not only a narrator, but also a solo viola.

With his Sonate infernale, Terzakis refers, on the one hand, to Dante’s Divine Comedy, which inspired many composers in the past. On the other hand, his choice of the traditional genre of the violin-piano sonata opened new ways to shape sound in the form of a dialogue.

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Easter Impressions from Bach to Grieg

Easter Impressions from Bach to Grieg

Dennis Naseband (boy soprano), Jochen Kowalski (counter-tenor), Ellen Abrolat (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Tomaschke (bass), Jutta Vulpius (soprano), Gertraud Prenzlow (alto), Rolf Apreck (tenor), Theo Adam (bass), Robert Kobler (organ), Annelies Burmeister (alto), Regina Werner (soprano), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Ion Voicu (violin), Karl Suske (violin), Walter Olbertz (piano), Igor Oistrach (violin)

Dresden Kreuzchor, Leipzig Thomaner Choir, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Berlin Radio Solistenvereinigung, Berlin Radio Chorus, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Choir, New B, Rudolf Mauersberger, Erhard Mauersberger, Helmut Koch, Kurt Thomas, Hartmut Haenchen, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Kurt Masur, Otmar Suitner, Heinz Bongartz, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Franz Konwitschny

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