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To the vocal lines of arias and duets, Bach composed gorgeous violin obbligati. In this novel album, Hilary Hahn records these obbligati exclusively – an act of devotion no other virtuoso violinist has ever committed to disc
Sharing this album with Hahn are soprano Christine Schäfer and baritone Matthias Goerne, both also renowned Bach exponents
Numbers from such masterpieces as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor are rendered with an unearthly beauty and a reverence that add to this recording’s historical significance
In truth, this album features not two but three singers – Hahn elicits from her Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume tone as sung by a golden voice
Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 - Gebt Mir Meinen Jesum Wieder!
Bach: Cantata #140, BWV 140, "Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme" - Wenn Kommst Du, Mein Heil?
Bach: Cantata #204, BWV 204, "Ich Bin In Mir Vergnügt" - Die Schazbarkeit Der Weiten Erden
Bach: Cantata #157, BWV 157, "Ich Lasse Dich Nicht, Du Segnest Mich Denn" - Ja, Ja, Ich Halte Jesum Feste
Bach: Cantata #59, BWV 59, "Wer Mich Liebet, Der Wird Mein Wort Halten" - Die Welt Mit Allen Koneigreichen
Bach: Cantata #58, BWV 58, "Ach Gott, Wie Manches Herzeleid" - Ich Bin Vergnugt In Meinem Leiden
Bach: Cantata #117, BWV 117, "Sei Lob Und Ehr Dem Höchsten Gut" - Wenn Trost Und Hulf Emanglen Muss
Bach: Cantata #158, BWV 158, "Der Friede Sei Mit Dir" - Welt, Ade! Ich Bin Dein Mude
Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 - Erbarme Dich
8th January 2010
“An album of intriguing novelty, grace and subtlety.”
3rd January 2010
“There is something touchingly old-fashioned about this attractive collection of Bach arias that feature the violin, and it has clearly been a labour of love for young violinist Hilary Hahn to draw together friends and colleagues for the project.”
8th January 2010
“Hilary Hahn...reveals herself as a Bach interpreter of surprising substance.”
15th January 2010
“[Hahn's] prancing rhythmic inflections, golden yellow tones and avoidance of the fussily decorative bring delight in every one of the 12 tracks.”
5th February 2010
“The result is a delight. Whether the violin plays a simple accompanying role or interweaves with the vocal line on equal terms, Hahn is wonderfully lithe and responsive, and the singers unaffectedly direct.”
“…there's plenty to admire in Hahn's warm, expressive if occasionally over-mannered playing… Schäfer and Matthias Goerne, a few discomforts aside, yield nothing to Hahn in beauty of tone…”
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