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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.

Rondeau - The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach - ROP4039

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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.

Rondeau - ROP4024

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.75

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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

(CD)

$18.25

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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.

Rondeau - The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach - ROP4038

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$16.25

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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.

Rondeau - The Liturgical Year with Johann Sebastian Bach - ROP4040

(CD)

$16.25

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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

(DVD Video)

$28.25

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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

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Accentus Music - ACC20256

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$42.25

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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)

$42.25

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 163:58 min

Disc Format: BD 50

Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Accentus Music - ACC10256

(Blu-ray)

$42.25

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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.

Berlin Classics Portrait - 0300224BC

(CD)

$11.75

Usually despatched in 4 - 5 working days.

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