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JS Bach: Arias with piccolo cello
Bach, J S:
Cantata BWV68 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt'
Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'
Cantata BWV41 'Jesu, nun sei gepreiset'
Cantata BWV199 'Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut'
Cantata BWV85 'Ich bin ein guter Hirt'
Cantata BWV6 'Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden'
Cantata BWV49 'Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen'
Cantata BWV175 'Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen'
Chorale Prelude BWV650 'Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter'
Cantata BWV115 'Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit'
Cantata BWV183 'Sie werden euch in den Bann tun'
Cantata BWV159 'Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem'
Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'
Hoffmann, G M:
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde cantate BWV 53
Ophelie Gaillard has made recently a deep impression with the Suites for cello solo by Jean-Sebastian Bach. On this new recording, dedicated to the Cantor of Leipzig, she gathered her close team from the Pulcinella Ensemble and invited some of the most talented soloists: Sandrine Piau, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Christophe Dumaux.
This programme gives a vision of the most beautiful cantatas written by Jean-Sebastian Bach in Leipzig from 1723 to 1750, interspersed with some of the masterpieces from the 'Schübler' Chorales and Orgelbüchlein.
With a passion for Baroque music played on period instruments, Pulcinella is a group of virtuoso soloists, gathered in a chamber spirit around cellist Ophélie Gaillard. Highly experienced musicians, who attach great importance to sound and articulation, they explore some of the major works of the repertoire, while aiming to present little known or unknown pieces as well.
Part of Pulcinella’s repertoire is devoted to important 17th- and 18th-century works for concerted cello, of which it is one of the foremost ambassadors. The ensemble’s first recording, devoted to Vivaldi’s complete Cello Sonatas (on Ambroisie) was highly acclaimed by the international press in 2006. The following year its tribute (with Sandrine Piau and Rolf Lislevand) to the cellist and composer Luigi Boccherini also received excellent reviews, including praise from The Times.
Pulcinella works with singers including Nuria Rial, Salomé Haller, Sandrine Piau, Max Emmanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata, Christophe Dumaux, Carlos Mena, Dietr ich Henschel, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, who are among its guests at major festivals, such as those of Saint-Denis, Beaune, and Santiago de Compostela, and at venues such as the Cité de la Musique and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
“Ophelie Galliard plays admirably: springy in fast passages...and soulful elsewhere...Good support and lovely obbligatos from Pulcinella.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
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Bach - Cantatas for the Liturgical Year Volume 13
This is volume 13 of this edition and celebrates Easter with Oster-Oratorium BWV 249 and the Cantata for Easter Monday. "His vocal soloists sing with disarming simplicity and ease in arias and blend superbly in ensemble. A rare treat, Kuijken - and Bach - at their very best." BBC Music Magazine.
“Kuijken generates a strong sense of excitement from the start of excitement from the start with a fast tempo and bold, sometimes brash, trumpets above strings and oboes...'Seele, deine Spezereien', the constrained ecstasy of the soprano's realisation of the resurrection, is beautifully done - unusually slow, flute obbligato exquisitely shaped above Yeree Suh's guileless sound.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ***
“the ensemble sound has a coherence probably unprecedented on record: these are chamber music performanes and derive their most important musical insights from their rather egalitarian conception...The strength of Kuijken's approach lies precisely in its humility - other performers may achieve greater brilliance but it is in their sheer eloquence that Kuijken's realizations of Bach's cantatas surpass their current rivals.” International Record Review, July 2011
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Baroque Voices 16 - Bach: Cantatas with Cello
Three great singers, including the acclaimed counter-tenor Andreas Scholl combine to wonderful effect with the soloist Christophe Coin and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges in these classic performances of cantatas by J.S. Bach. These particular pieces were specifically written to feature a single voice with cello obligato.
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Bach - Cantatas Volume 36
Four cantatas written for services during April 1725.
All four cantatas on the present disc deal with the interplay between the resurrected Christ and his disciples: Christ's first appearance in front of two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (BWV 6), his visit to a meeting of the disciples, held in secret for fear of persecution (BWV 42), and his words of parting as he prepares to join his Father (BWV 103 and 108).
“It is Ich weret weinen which immediately arrests the listener… in a compelling performance. This is Suzuki at his best: unequivocal direction of line and beauty of conception, enhanced by Robin Blaze and James Gilchrist in irrepressible form.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2008
“…everyone of these cantatas find the composer on irresistible, heart-rending form. Happily, too, the responses of these excellent musicians leave little to be desired. Undeniably fine performances by John Eliot Gardiner (BWV 6), Philippe Herreweghe (BWV 42), and Karl Richter (BWV 108) must take second place beside readings of this order.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007 *****
“Throughout this ongoing series I have come to consider the magnificent direction of Masaaki Suzuki to be one of the greatest recording achievements of my lifetime” MusicWeb International
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Bach Cantatas Volume 22
“John Eliot Gardiner's strongest qualities are evident in these performances of six Easter cantatas made in his on-going Bach Cantata Pilgrimage series. I particularly admire the fervour with which Gardiner imbues the music, his lively responses to the many instances of word-painting and his intuitive feeling for dance rhythms.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 *****
“across the performances as a whole, alto Daniel Taylor and tenor James Gilchrist make outstanding contributions, especially Gilchrist in the Easter Tuesday Cantata Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss BWV134.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 5th April 2007
“Easter 2000 had strong historical resonances for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's cantata pilgrims, as these outstanding works were performed in St George's, Eisenach, where Bach was baptised, and only a stone's throw from Wartburg Castle where Luther completed his New Testament translations.
One can only guess what inspired an unusually visceral reading of Christ lag in Todesbanden (arguably Bach's first great creation), with a plethora of extremes from the Monteverdi Choir. One might quibble with moments where orchestral gestures are a little exaggerated but this is a performance where the sinuous lines and the momentum of liturgical ritual allow Luther's great hymn to take us tantalisingly to the brink of Christ's victory.
The Easter cantatas receive some ebullient readings. Erfreut euch boasts one of Bach's longest choral movements and the composer (and Gardiner) demands vigilance from his virtuoso ensemble, whose roulades of quicksilver scales shed all the fear of the preceding weeks. Despite a few uncertainties in the chromatic solos of the middle section, this is a powerful account whose spiritual core is found in the central recitativeduet between the allegorical characters Hope and Fear.
The presence of James Gilchrist in any Bach recording raises the stakes and his singing in the little-known pearl Ein Herz is an infectious display of the new believer's ecstatic joy, expressed disarmingly in his first aria and reinforced in the duet with alto 'Wir danken and preisen'.
This volume continues to present the riches of the Pilgrimage with admirable consistency; rough edges aside, there is a unique sense of exploration and devotion to the music which comes from the palpable adrenalin of live performance in an oeuvre which has, historically, been studio-bound. Bleib' bei uns, with its strong St John Passion undertones, is an embodiment of the best in the millennial journey and receives one of the most concentrated and telling performances on disc.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“Once again, Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir is the jewel in the crown of each cantata performance. Add to that Gardiner’s dramatic, electric response to music he clearly loves and you have a set that rivals his Gramophone Record of the Year Award-winning disc that launched this amazing series.” Gramophone Magazine
J S Bach - Easter Cantatas
A reproduction - with the exception of the Passion - of the musical programme Bach offered in 1724, his first year as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, to cover the period from 24th March (the Annunciation) to 11th April (the third day of Easter).
Barbara Schlick, Sibylla Rubens, Caroline Stam (soprano), Kai Wessel, Bernhard Landauer, Michael Chance (alto), Guy de Mey, Christoph Pregardien, Paul Agnew (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass)
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman
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