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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

A Ballet by John Neumeier

Hamburg State Opera, 2014


Julian Prégardien (Evangelist), Melissa Petit (soprano), Katja Pieweck (contralto), Manuel Günther (tenor), Wilhelm Schwinghammer (bass)

Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Alessandro de Marchi

“Rejoice, exult” – John Neumeier turns Bach’s Christmas Oratorio into an experience that confronts us all with the most basic questions of trust, hope, faith, doubt and self-sacrifice: “My choreography is not a religious undertaking. We perform to Bach’s music, for a few hours unifying individuals of many different cultural and religious backgrounds. For me, the basic human values expressed through the choreography are always the most important thing. Therefore, in my ballet, Mary is known simply as ‘the Mother’ and Joseph as ‘her Husband’.”

Head of Hamburg Ballet, American-born John Neumeier´s celebrated ballet of Bach's complete Christmas Oratorio is now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time.

John Neumeier has made a name for himself with dramatic, story-driven ballets. Over the years, he has found great inspiration from emotion-packed works of literature, poetry and music.

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fJQgmMVYuE

Running Time Total: 180 mins

Ballet: 168 mins

Bonus: 12 mins

Picture 16:9, HD

DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM 2.0

Subtitles Christmas Oratorio: German (original language), English, French, Korean, Japanese

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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248


The Christmas Oratorio from Johann Sebastian Bach is the most famous Christmas work ever. The cantatas, written by Bach for the services from Christmas to the Epiphany, are now performed worldwide during the festive season.

This DVD contains an outstanding recording from the Salle Henry Le Bœuf in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in December 2012 with the internationally-renowned Bach expert Philippe Herreweghe, winner of the Bach-Medal, the Collegium Vocale and superb soloists Dorothee Mields, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs, Peter Kooij.

Including all 6 cantatas and features subtitles in English, German, French and Japanese.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 153 min

German FSK: 0

“As the Angel might have said: Herreweghe brings tidings of great joy. A joy that exudes a natural, unforced integrity and humanity; the music gently coaxed into intimate, expressive life. Some of the intimacy derives from the small forces...but it's mainly to do with the relaxed (though never sluggish) tempos...The solo team is outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“not only musically beguiling but also filmed intelligently...Mields sings with stylistic sureness and radiant personality...Few basses match Peter Kooij's experience in this repertoire: he conveys compassionate authority...Time and again, we see Herreweghe shrewdly direct with an emphasis on less being more” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“Herreweghe remains true to the standard in Bach performance which has developed since the 1970s: solo voices, a small choir and a small ensemble of period instruments. To date this recording is probably the best interpretation according to that standard. That is no mean achievement.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2013

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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248


In the historic Weimar Herder Church, Sir John Eliot Gardiner finds the perfect setting for his recording of the Bach Christmas Oratorio.

Against the backdrop of the dramatic altar and Lucas Granach paintings, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists perform Gardiner's new interpretation of this classic piece.

For the renowned conductor, this Weimar concert is a special performance, marking the start of his Bach Cantata Pilgrimage.

With this interpretation of the Christmas Oratorio, Gardiner shows himself once again to be an incontestible specialist of Bach's music.

Bonus documentaries:

- 'J S Bach: Jauchzet, frohlocket! An Introduction to the Christmas Oratorio', presenting the best performers in their field, including John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir founded by him, the English Baroque Soloists, as well as other internationally-known vocal soloists.

- 'Bach revisited - J E Gardiner in Saxony and Thuringia', in which the British conductor has set his mind on performing all of Johann Sebastian Bach's cantatas. Several of these concerts take place in Saxony and Thuringia, where Bach lived. This offers Gardiner the opportunity to discover Bach, his life and work in his own, very personal way.

Picture format: 1080 69i

Disc Format: BD 50

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

Running time: 145 mins (incl. 2 x 26 mins documentaries)

German FSK: 0

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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

Region Code: O

“The Thomanerchor is superb. Trebles match the confidence and facility of any adult choir...The Freibarockorchester matches their fluency and stylistic sensitivity...In the arias, the communication between instruments and voices is striking” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“while this may not be the most authoritative account of this much-loved work, the sense of occasion that a live recording imparts is palpable; so, for that matter, is the sense of focused music-making, tempered by a discreet but distinct camaraderie...Sound and visuals function well.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

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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

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 163:58 min

Disc Format: BD 50

Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Live Recording From The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 2012


Mark Padmore (Evangelist), Peter Harvey (Christus), Maria Espada (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Mezzo Soprano /Alto), Renate Arends (Soprano), Barbara Kozelj (Mezzo Soprano /Alto), Peter Gijsbertsen (Tenor) & Henk Neven (Bass)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Choir, Netherlands National Children's Choir, Iván Fischer

This 2012 recording of the most influential and wide spread oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach features the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer, a visionary in his field, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. The double choir is the essential musical aspect on which Iván Fischer’s interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is based. Only by consistently seizing on that duality will all the complementary layers stand out as they should. He describes this essential fundamental aspect as follows: “You can’t do the St. Matthew in an unreligious way. The only approach is from a deep, universally religious feeling.”

The internationally renowned tenor Mark Padmore is brilliant as the Evangelist, Peter Harvey gives a moving interpretation of Christ. Together with Ingeborg Danz, Renate Arends, Maria Espada, Barbara Kozelj, Peter Gijsbertsen and Henk Neven and the Netherlands Radio Choir they carry the audience through an affecting performance of this masterwork.

PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master

Audio 5.0

Running Time: 174 mins

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language),

GB, FR, ES, JP

“it would be hard to imagine a weightier, more symphonic account, beauty of sound almost an end in itself...Padmore's Evangelist is never one to short-change the narrative, and Peter Harvey's Christus emphasises a dignified humanity.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ***

“[the Concertgebouw players] are, arguably, the most consistently compelling contributors to this performance...a suitable austere reading at times, with clarity of annunciation given priority over extended tonal coloration...Indeed, Fischer almost eschews a personal vision...The benefits are heard in his acute ear for a pure, abstract line” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“The solo voices are dominated by Padmore's Evangelist and Peter Harvey's Christus - both are immensely experienced performers of these roles, and both are on excellent form...Fischer presides over proceedings with quiet authority, his consummate musicianship shining through.” International Record Review, July/August 2013

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Filmed live in the Basilica Cathedral Saint-Denis, Paris, France, in July 2011


Werner Güra (Evangelist), Stephen Morscheck (Jesus), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass) & Bertrand Grunenwald (bass)

Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Schola Cantorum of Oxford & Maîtrise de Paris, John Nelson

The St. Matthew Passion is the third part of ‘The Soli Deo Gloria Collection’ conducted by the American John Nelson who is wellknown for his interpretations of Romantic works.

This monumental piece, composed by J.S. Bach, recounts the dramatic story of the capture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, itpresents a profound, dramatic, lyrical and contemplative work.

The concert features the excellent Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, as well as two internationally acclaimed choirs: the ScholaCantorum of Oxford (one of the oldest choirs in the UK) and the Maîtrise de Paris with origins back in the 12th century.

Directed by Louise Narboni and filmed twice with 7 HDTV cameras in the Basilica Cathedral Saint-Denis – a unique, monumentalmasterpiece of Gothic art.

The Blu-ray also includes the 52 mins. Documentary “John Nelson’s Saint Matthew Passion - The Journey” by Louise Narboni as aBonus - showing intense rehearsals and interviews with John Nelson.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i – Full HD, 16:9

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Languages: English Subtitles: German, French, English, Japanese, Korean

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 177 mins + 52 mins (BONUS)

FSK: 0

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Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Bach, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Live recording from Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2005

A Ballet By John Neumeier


St.-Michaelis-Orchester, St.-Michaelis-Chor, Knabenchor Hannover & Knabenchor St. Michaelis, Günter Jena

Choreography, Staging, Scenery and Costumes by John Neumeier.

I am both Christian and a Dancer

“John Sebastian Bach‘s Matthew Passion has deeply moved me. Bach‘s musical incarnation of the Passion in both its general and personal aspects created the need in me to fi nd a choreographic equivalent. I am both Christian and a dancer. My whole life, all my thoughts and feelings are dance, and choreography is my real language. That is why I have attempted to express my own religious convictions and experiences in choreographic terms and to organize them in artistic form. In my entire career as a choreographer, I have never known a period in which I enjoyed such complete harmony with the dancers, as I have enjoyed throughout the creation of the St. Matthew Passion. It was a period of learning from one another, of experiencing instinctively together the emotion of text and music, of positive cooperation and concentration. Even if this ballet had never got beyond rehearsals and had never been performed, the process of its creation will remain the most profound experience of my working life.” John Neumeier

BONUS: Includes a Multi-Angle-View

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

2 Blu-ray Discs 1 x 25 GB (Single Layer) + 1 x 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 211 mins

FSK: 0

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Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo


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Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV69 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele'

Cantata BWV30 'Freue dich, erlöste Schar'

Cantata BWV191 'Gloria in excelsis Deo'

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Dona Nobis Pacem


In June 1995, a virtually unknown group of Japanese musicians embarked on the monumental task of recording the complete sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Almost eighteen years later, on 23rd February 2013, the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki – by then household names in the international music world – reached their goal, as they finished recording the 55th disc in a series which in the meantime had met with overwhelming acclaim worldwide.

Made in conjunction with the final cantata recording, this film commemorates the occasion. Besides filmed performances of the three last cantatas – Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV69 and Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV30 – the film includes interviews with Masaaki Suzuki and key members of Bach Collegium Japan as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

“[Suzuki] flows where others drive; he persuades where others insist; he shines where others blaze – it’s never all about him” Choir & Organ, July 2017 *****

“The performances of the three cantatas on this Blu-ray are of course superb; from the most prominent soloists to the back desk of the violins, all are now seasoned performers, and it shows.” MusicWeb International, 30th May 2017

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BIS - BIS2201

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Herbert Blomstedt 85th Anniversary Edition

Herbert Blomstedt 85th Anniversary Edition


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Jürgen Wolf (organ)

Motet BWV228 'Fürchte dich nicht'

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Victoria Mullova (violin)

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Recorded live at St Thomas’s Church, Leipzig, May 2005

Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Anna Larsson (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) & Dietrich Henschel (bass)

GewandhausKammerchor & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Dona Nobis Pacem

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Mendelssohn:

Elias Op. 70: Hore Israel (aria), Furchte Dich Nicht (chorus)

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig


With this recording, Herbert Blomstedt pays homage to Bach and the city of Leipzig. One part of the Blu-ray Disc was recorded in 2005 at the Leipzig Bach Festival, which is widely regarded as the world’s leading festival celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach.

This concert of Bach’s masterwork, written at the end of his tenure as the 18th Gewandhauskapellmeister did not really mark the end of Blomstedt’s fruitful collaboration with the traditional orchestra. The Swedish conductor will continue to act as an honorary musical director to the ensemble. Performed with leading Bach singers at St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig, the church for which Bach conceived his works, this homage to Bach was a touching farewell to Herbert Blomstedt from his Leipzig audience. J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor is one of the greatest and most famous works of sacred music.

The other part of the Blu-ray Disc was recorded at the 9th October Memorial Concert of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Thomanerchores. These began with the "Monday demonstration" of 9 October 1989, just one month before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Bonus: Bach and his B minor Mass – An introduction by Herbert Blomstedt.

Picture format: 1080i - 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo • DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, Dutch (Documentary)

English, German, French, Latin (Mass in B minor)

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running Time: 195 mins, plus Bonus 21 mins

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EuroArts - 2059234

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