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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232


Ute Selbig (Soprano I), Susanne Krumbiegel (Soprano II), Elisabeth Wilke (Alto), Martin Petzold (Tenor) & Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)

Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig) & Leipziger Barockorchester (Leipzig Baroque Orchestra), Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller (Thomas Cantor)

The Leipziger Volkszeitung heralded the performance of the B minor Mass given by Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir) at the closing concert of the Bachfest 2006 in St Thomas as ‘a new, sounding benchmark – for Bach in and from Leipzig’. The boys were on equally ‘breath-taking form’ when they recorded their highly acclaimed interpretation on CD in the same year. This high-end CD edition includes a comprehensive booklet with extensive notes on the work and its performers. St Thomas’s Boys Choir (St Thomas’s Boys Choir) is accompanied by the Leipziger Barockorchester and the renowned soloists Ute Selbig, Susanne Krumbiegel, Elisabeth Wilke, Martin Petzold, and Gotthold Schwarz. In short, a magnificent recording of the B minor Mass, which is frequently apostrophised as Bach’s ‘opus summum’: the work in which the great cantor of St Thomas takes stock of his artistic lifetime achievement.

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Rondeau - ROP4009/10

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Christmas Songs Vol. 2

Christmas Songs Vol. 2


1. Josef, lieber Josef mein

2. Zu Bethlehem geboren

3. Es Singt wohl ein Vöglein

4. Maria Durch ein Dornwald ging

5. O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf

6. Und unser lieben Frauen

7. Was soll das bedeuten

8. Noël: Les Bourgeois De Chastres, H534

9. Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen

10. In Dulci Jubilo No. 3

11. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

12. Noël: Autre Noël, Laissez Paitre Vos Betes, H531

13. Als ich bei meinen Schafen Wacht

14. Wach, Nachtigall, Wach Auf

15. Kling, Glöckchen, Klingelingeling

16. Es ist für uns eine Zeit angekommen

17. Die Nacht ist Vorgedrungen

18. Puer Natus

19. Preis Sei Gott im Höchsten Throne

20. Ave Maria, Gratia Plena

21. Noël: Une Jeune Pucelle, H534, No. 6

22. Adeste, Fideles, Op. 7

23. Hört der Engel Helle Lieder

24. O Jesulein Süß

25. Wie soll Ich dich empfangen

26. Kommet, ihr Hirten

27. Noël: Or nous dites Marie, H534, No. 4

28. Stille Nacht


Christine Busch, Lydia Teuscher, Juliane Ruf, Dietrich Henschel, Sarah Wegener, Kay Johannsen, Andreas Weller, Paulina Elsner, Leonhard Elsner, Ruth Sandhoff, Gotz Payer, Johannes Grimm, David Theodor Schmidt

Lords of the Chords, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Ensemble 94, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Orpheus Vokalensemble, Sirventes Berlin, Collegium Iuvenum

Carus - CARUS83010

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JS Bach: Cantatas for Epiphany

JS Bach: Cantatas for Epiphany

Live recording at St Thomas Leipzig


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV3 'Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid'

Cantata BWV65 'Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen'

Cantata BWV72 'Alles nur nach Gottes Willen'


Thomaner Conrad Zuber (soprano), Thomaner Martin Deckelmann (alto), Thomaner Stefan Kahle (altus), Martin Petzold (tenor) & Gotthold Schwarz (bass)

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

The liturgical year with Johann Sebastian Bach: in celebration of the 800th anniversary of Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir), 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 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.

Like the recently released CD containing cantatas for Advent, the disc for the feast of Epiphany presents works for the beginning of the liturgical year: the Epiphany is the first ecclesiastic feast day of the new calendar year. Celebrated on 6 January, it follows on seamlessly from the Christmas celebrations and those for the turn of the year. Translated from Greek, epiphany originally means ‘appearance of the Lord.’ The recorded cantatas “Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen” (BWV 65), “Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid” (BWV 3), and “Alles nur nach Gottes Willen” (BWV 72) emphatically relate the biblical message to the reality of mankind in the present. This makes Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas, first and foremost, musical sermons. The cantatas were written for the feast day of Epiphany itself, and for the following Sundays.

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 - ROP4038

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JS Bach: Cantatas for Advent

JS Bach: Cantatas for Advent

Live recording at St Thomas Leipzig


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV36 'Schwingt freudig euch empor'

Cantata BWV61 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Cantata BWV62 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'


Thomaner Paul Bernewitz (soprano), Thomaner Friedrich Praetorius (soprano), Thomaner Stefan Kahle (altus), Christoph Genz (tenor), Daniel Ochoa (bass), Andreas Scheibner (bass) & Gotthold Schwarz (bass)

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

The liturgical year with Johann Sebastian Bach: in celebration of the 800th anniversary of Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir Leipzig), 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 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.

Following the publication of discs with cantatas for the Reformation, Christmas, and Pentecost, the newest release is the fourth recording of the ten-disc series: it presents the cantatas Schwingt freudig euch empor BWV 36 and Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 61 and 62 which Johann Sebastian Bach composed for performances on the First Sunday of Advent. As cantor at St Thomas Leipzig he followed the town’s adherence to the practice of tempus clausum, the period of silence: no polyphonic music was performed in services between the Second and Fourth Sundays of Advent.

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 - ROP4040

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Die Thomaner

Die Thomaner

A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig


A Film by Paul Smaczny & Günter Atteln.

Founded in 1212 the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig is one of the most famous and prestigious boys' choirs in the world. This documentary accompanies “Die Thomaner”, aged between 9 and 18 years old, over a period of one year. Their unique world, from motets to boarding school and the football pitch, is distinguished by success, pressure to perform, doubt, pride, homesickness, and friendship. The film charts the breadth of the boys' experience from the classroom to traveling on tour to South America.

BONUS

Two tracks from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” performed by the choir for which it was written - St. Thomas Boys Choir - in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where the composer worked and is buried.

Nr. 1 Chor: »Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen«

Nr. 39 Arie (Alt): »Erbarme dich«

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 113:35 min

Running Time Bonus: approx. 14 min

Disc Format: DVD-9

“the faultline between the tradition-hallowed Thomaner ethos and the 21st century is gently probed. Gently, because more questions are raised than answered; but then, anchoring everything is the glorious certainty that is the music of JS Bach himself.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ***

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Accentus Music - ACC20212

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$29.25

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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 DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 163:58 min

Disc Format: DVD-9 (2 DVD)

Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean

“This is a performance which has Bach liturgically wired into its DNA...Biller's direction exudes profound integrity and commitment, the chorales in particular shaped by a deeply-felt inevitability...this is a moving testament to a choir celebrating 800 years and probably stronger than ever.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****

“the opening frames of the works skittle forth with clear textures, unforced choral interjections and the elan of an especially agile German all-boys' choir. Likewise, the orchestra is entirely at home in Georg Christoph Biller's exacting gestural landscape...This is a reading which confirms a strong identity with Bach and the new Leipzig 'way' of performing his music but keeps within fairly geometric emotional bounds.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

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Accentus Music - ACC20256

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Die Thomaner

Die Thomaner

A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig


A Film by Paul Smaczny & Günter Atteln.

Founded in 1212 the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig is one of the most famous and prestigious boys' choirs in the world. This documentary accompanies “Die Thomaner”, aged between 9 and 18 years old, over a period of one year. Their unique world, from motets to boarding school and the football pitch, is distinguished by success, pressure to perform, doubt, pride, homesickness, and friendship. The film charts the breadth of the boys' experience from the classroom to traveling on tour to South America.

BONUS

Two tracks from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” performed by the choir for which it was written - St. Thomas Boys Choir - in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where the composer worked and is buried.

Nr. 1 Chor: »Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen«

Nr. 39 Arie (Alt): »Erbarme dich«

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

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

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 113:35 min

Running Time Bonus: approx. 14 min

Disc Format: BD50

Language: spoken in German

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Accentus Music - ACC10212

(Blu-ray)

$43.75

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Thomanerchor Leipzig – The Great Bach Tradition

Thomanerchor Leipzig – The Great Bach Tradition


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Kommt ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen

Motet BWV229 'Komm, Jesu, komm!'

St John Passion, BWV245: Herr, unser Herrscher

Cantata BWV1 'Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern'

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: excerpts

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben

Chorus from Cantata BWV140 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Motet BWV226 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf'

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Wir setzen uns mit tranen nieder

St John Passion, BWV245: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein


Thomanerchor Leipzig, Rudolf Mauersberger, Erhard Mauersberger, Kurt Thomas, Günther Ramin, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch

The legendary choir of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig can look back on centuries of vocal tradition. The great J S Bach was Thomaskantor. This is a compilation of excerpts from some of his greatest works.

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Berlin Classics Portrait - 0300224BC

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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248


Ingeborg Danz (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor arias), Martin Petzold (tenor recitative), Panajotis Iconomou (bass), Paul Bernewitz, Friedrich Praetorius (boy sopranos)

Thomanerchor Leipzig (St Thomas’s Boys Choir) & Gewandhausorchester, Georg Christoph Biller (direction)

Some of the best boys choirs have performed Bach’s Christmas oratorio in splendid fashion over the past decades. In this recording, with St Thomas’s Boys Choir, under the baton of the present cantor at St Thomas, Georg Christoph Biller, the listener will hear a historically informed performance. As intended by Bach, the words from the Bible and the sermon texts of the arias are the work’s focus. In practice, this means that the singers and the choir are the sounding core, not the instruments.

Performed in the historic location of St. Thomas’ Leipzig – and informed by Biller’s abundant knowledge of Bach’s practice, this recording has a very special appeal.

“Crucially, all Biller's soprano solos are drawn from within the choir, producing a timbre close to what Bach must have heard...the sound of the St Thomas Choir is a hugely potent 'plus' in the search for truthfulness, particuarly when the sopranos hold a descant choral line, or lend wide-eyed poise to aria, duo or trio” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 ****

“the once-stodgy Gewandhaus's graps of current Baroque stylistic orthodoxy under Thomascantor Biller seems total...[the choir] have a typically fruity German boy sound, never seem like 84 singers (in a good way), and, despite strong underlying discipline, seem able to enjoy the more joyous moments with true enthusiasm.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

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Rondeau - ROP403035

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The St Thomas Boys Choir and the University Church St Pauli Leipzig

The St Thomas Boys Choir and the University Church St Pauli Leipzig


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV198 'Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl' (Trauerode)

Motet BWV226 'Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf'

Mendelssohn:

Richte mich, Gott Op. 78 No. 2

Reger:

O wie selig seid ihr Doch, ihr Frommen

Terzakis:

Die Reden Gottes

Zimmermann, H W:

Wahrlich, ich sage euch


Thomanerchor Leipzig & Gewandhaus Orchester, Georg Christoph Biller

The St Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig can look back on a history spanning nearly eight hundred years. Based at St Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, the members of the choir are all boarders at St Thomas’s School. Curiously enough, the St Thomas Boys Choir is only half a century younger than Leipzig itself and hence the city’s oldest cultural institution. St Thomas’s Boys Choir appreciates the University Leipzig with sacred vocal music directly or indirectly connected to the Alma Mater Lipsiensis in general and the University Church St Pauli in particular: music which takes its lifeblood precisely from this religious conviction.

Rondeau - ROP4032

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