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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232


Reglint Bühler (soprano), Susanne Krumbiegel (mezzo‐soprano), Susanne Langner (alto), Martin Lattke (tenor) & Markus Flaig (bass)

Thomanerchor Leipzig & Freiburger Barockorchester (playing on authentic period instruments), Georg Christoph Biller

The Mass in B Minor, Bach's last completed vocal work as well as the climax of his creativity, reveals the overwhelming wealth of his compositional skills. In the history of music it ranks highly, as the "Montblanc of church music" (Franz Liszt) ‐ composed during Bach's time as cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Performed in this important composer’s domain, the Mass in B Minor casted a spell over its listeners as the crowning glory of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2013: Under the direction of Bach's successor Georg Christoph Biller, the St. Thomas Boys Choir and an outstanding soloist quintet perform with the prestigious Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, playing on authentic period instruments.

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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232


Reglint Bühler (soprano), Susanne Krumbiegel (mezzo‐soprano), Susanne Langner (alto), Martin Lattke (tenor) & Markus Flaig (bass)

Thomanerchor Leipzig & Freiburger Barockorchester (playing on authentic period instruments), Georg Christoph Biller

The Mass in B Minor, Bach's last completed vocal work as well as the climax of his creativity, reveals the overwhelming wealth of his compositional skills. In the history of music it ranks highly, as the "Montblanc of church music" (Franz Liszt) ‐ composed during Bach's time as cantor at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Performed in this important composer’s domain, the Mass in B Minor casted a spell over its listeners as the crowning glory of the Leipzig Bach Festival in 2013: Under the direction of Bach's successor Georg Christoph Biller, the St. Thomas Boys Choir and an outstanding soloist quintet perform with the prestigious Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, playing on authentic period instruments.

Picture Format B.R: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats B.R.: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

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Accentus Music - ACC10281

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245


Ruth Holton (soprano), Matthias Rexroth (alto), Marcus Ullmann (tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (bass) & Henryk Böhm (bass)

Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig) & Gewandhausorchester (Gewandhaus Orchestra), Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller (Thomas Cantor)

The fascination of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions is as strong as ever: his Passions count among the best known works of sacred music. Alternating between the St John and St Matthew Passions, Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig) every year performs one of Bach’s Passions on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at St Thomas Leipzig, the very church at which Bach himself was once cantor.

Exceptional soloists and the internationally acclaimed Gewandhausorchester (Gewandhaus Orchestra) have joined forces for this recording of the St John Passion, which is sure to reach the hearts of its listeners: the musical setting is closely modelled on the biblical text and allows the listener to experience Christ’s Passion through sound. The artists follow the original conception of Bach’s work – performed together with St Thomas’s Boys Choir at St Thomas Leipzig on Good Friday. The unique charisma, clarity, and precision of Georg Christoph Biller, the current cantor at St Thomas, are unmistakable on this disc.

The present disc features the rarely performed, final version of the St John Passion of 1749 in a CD-recording with St Thomas’s Boys Choir for the first time. In contrast to the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has never had an authoritative version. The piece was reworked most extensively for the occasion of its renewed performance on Good Friday 1725. Since three clearly distinguished performance versions (1724, 1725, and 1732) were already in existence, Bach attempted to cast the Passion into a final form in the years around 1739. After reworking and writing down 21 pages of the score, however, Bach gave up on this endeavour, and let one of his copyists finish the job. The Passion was not performed again until 4 April 1749, one year before Bach’s death. On this occasion, Bach himself made additional changes to the text, the music, and the instrumentation.

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244


Christina Landshamer (soprano), Stefan Kahle (alto), Wolfram Lattke (tenor), Martin Lattke (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), Gotthold Schwarz (bass)

St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, St. Thomas Cantor Georg Christoph Biller

The renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig, which boasts J. S. Bach as a former cantor, celebrates its 800th anniversary with an extraordinary interpretation of the St. Matthew Passion. The Guardian praised how “the harmonic lines interwove with a transcendence that can only be achieved through living, eating and working together”.

This Accentus Music production is the only audio-visual release of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, performed by the choir for which it was written, in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where the composer worked and is buried.

Picture Format Blu-ray: NTSC 16:9, FULL HD

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD MASTER AUDIO, PCM Stereo

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Running Time: 163:58 min

Disc Format: BD 50

Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean

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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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Entwurff einer wohlbestallten Music

Entwurff einer wohlbestallten Music

Instruments & instrumentation in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach


Leipziger Concert, Thomanerchor Leipzig

This is an exceptional kind of CD. Quoting from the work of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries, it tries to illustrate with its choice of pieces a few of the characteristic, but also some of the exceptional, Bach instrumental combinations. Special attention is brought to instrument makers from Bach’s Leipzig milieu, the illustrative pieces for which, when possible, use original instruments from the Musical Instrument Museum. This CD recording offers the unique opportunity, with the Ricercare a 6 (BWV 1079/5), of experiencing a Hoffman (Martin Hoffman, musical instrument maker) ensemble of five viola da gambas and a violin.<br><br>The Leipzig Concert Ensemble are specialists of early music and play with historically correct instrumentations appropriate to each piece.

raumklang - RK2001

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$19.00

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Distler, H: Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

Distler, H: Die Weihnachtsgeschichte


Regina Werner (Elizabeth), Volker Arndt (Angel), Heidi Rieb (Mary), Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (narrator), Gothart Stier (Simeon), Hermann Christian Polster (Herod)

Thomanerchor Leipzig, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch

The revival of Protestant church music after the First World War marked the renewal of pieces available for direct use in services and represented a search for a new scale of values. Admired in church music circles but persecuted by the Nazis for his 'degenerate' music, Hugo Distler was one of its foremost cultivators, imbuing his choral music with pre‐Classical forms to create a distinctive style that would be accessible to the 'common' man. The tender Weihnachtsgeschichte Op.10, composed in 1933, is one of Distler's many works adhering this criteria and which narrates the traditional Christmas story according to the gospels of St Luke and St Matthew. Right from the start, in the first of two motets which frame the piece, the composer conjures up complex modal harmonies that evoke ancient, dark images, and, throughout the composition (written for four soloists and four‐part a cappella chorus) he recalls the musical language of the great Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz, drawing on his use of word‐painting and imitative counterpoint but all the time embellishing the work with new techniques such as syncopated rhythm and harmonic dissonance. The free recitative style of the soloists is particularly affecting – here the note heads without heads encourage the use of natural speech rhythms, reflecting once again the influence of Schütz through his frequent close matching of music to intonation.

Distler's life came to a tragic end when, in the face of ever increasing persecution in Berlin and the constant threat of recruitment into the military service, he committed suicide in 1942. Multiple repeated phrases in Weihnachtsgeschichte such as 'Zu Bethlehem im jüdischen Lande' (‘To Bethlehem in the Jewish countries’) are testament to the composer's resolve to stand true to his faith, despite the persecution that it ultimately aroused. This recording, featuring a stellar solo cast ably supported by the Thomanerchor Leipzig – one of the most respected choirs in the Europe – can only increase our appreciation for a composer whose work represents an important chapter in sacred music history.

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Brilliant Classics - 94695

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JS Bach: Cantatas BWV 75 & 194

JS Bach: Cantatas BWV 75 & 194


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV75 'Die Elenden sollen essen'

Cantata BWV194 'Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest'


Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester, Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller

J S Bach's music sung by its intended original ensemble - this is disc 7 of 10 in St Thomas's Boys Choir's Anniversary Edition.

Cantatas for Trinity Season features two of Bach's early Leipzig cantatas. Bach composed Die Elenden sollen essen (BWV75) for the First Sunday after Trinity of 1723 - it is his first cantata in his new post as cantor at Leipzig. One year later, Bach concluded his first full year at Leipzig with the cantata Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest (BWV194).

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Rondeau - The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach - ROP4036

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JS Bach: Cantatas BWV 37, 43 & 128

JS Bach: Cantatas BWV 37, 43 & 128


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV37 'Wer da glaubet und getauft wird'

Cantata BWV43 'Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen'

Cantata BWV128 'Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein'


Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester, Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller

St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig continues its series "The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach" with cantatas for the Ascension. Georg Christoph Biller, cantor at St Thomas, has boys from the choir sing the soprano and alto solos.

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Rondeau - The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach - ROP4041

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JS Bach: Cantatas for Marian Feasts

JS Bach: Cantatas for Marian Feasts

Live recording at St Thomas Leipzig


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV1 'Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern'

Cantata BWV125 'Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin'

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'


Thomaner Paul Bernewitz (soprano), Thomaner Stefan Kahle (altus), Christoph Genz (tenor), Martin Petzold (tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (bass), Matthias Weichert (bass)

Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig) & Gewandhausorchester (Gewandhaus Orchestra), Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller (Thomas Cantor)

The liturgical year with Johann Sebastian Bach: Rondeau Production is publishing a ten-part CD series which presents a selection of cantatas for the liturgical year. In Leipzig, music for the liturgical year has an especially well kept tradition: up to the present day the Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir) and the Gewandhausorchester (Gewandhaus Orchestra) join forces each week in the performance of one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas at the church of St Thomas.

The current disc in the series turns to feasts for the Blessed Virgin Mary: the cantata “Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin” was composed in 1725 for the feast of Mary’s Purification, and Johann Sebastian Bach wrote “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” for the feast of the Annunciation in the same year. The famous chorale “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” forms part of the cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”. This composition originally set a different text, and was intended for the fourth Sunday of Advent. After a number of modifications to the text, the cantata was performed in Leipzig on the feast of the Visitation also in 1725. The cantata’s opening chorus gains its particularly festive character through the initial trumpet motif.

The current cantor at St Thomas, Georg Christoph Biller, is fortunate to have boys from the choir’s own ranks performing the soprano and alto solos; a hallmark of the new recording’s unique level of artistry.

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Rondeau - The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach - ROP4039

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