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Bach: Actus tragicus

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman

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Dutch historical-performance specialist Ton Koopman's mid-'90s Bach cantata series, aborted in mid-issue by its label, continues to surface in bits and pieces, which is confusing for buyers who are trying to assemble the whole thing, but beneficial for samplers and newcomers. Koopman is one of the great veterans of Bach interpretation, and these performances are consistently gorgeous. Indeed, the good-sized Amsterdam Baroque Choir and sensuous interpretations make Koopman something of a conservative by now, although he's surely old enough to remember the days when using period instruments made one a radical. This pair of early Bach cantatas in a funeral mood was originally recorded in 1994 and appeared as part of a larger volume one of the entire set. This dour-covered reissue, with only a single window piercing the blackness, offers pieces that make sense on a single disc. The most distinctive musical feature is the sound of soprano Barbara Schlick, whose voice sparks and shines through the dark corners of Amsterdam's Waalse Kerk. Koopman seems to have organized the entire performance around Schlick, setting deliberate tempos and polishing sensuous surfaces (hear the lovely, reflective "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" chorus, track 6) that give her space to apply her trademark odd, fluttering intensity. Sample the recitative-aria pair "Wie hast du dich, mein Gott" and "Bäche von gesalznen Zähren" from the Cantata No. 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" (tracks 8 and 9) to hear her sound, which is not universally admired but which will likely be found absolutely chilling as the soprano infiltrates the final chorus of "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," track 2, and delivers the famous arioso flourish at the very end. The alto solos are sung by countertenor Kai Wessel, and the contrast between the two is extremely attractive. The musicians of Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra are just about the best there is, coming out of programs that have trained many of Europe's historical-instrument players, and the sound has held up very well: the original Erato engineers were among the few at the time who really gave thought to how Baroque strings and recorders should sound in a church environment. Altogether, this makes a fine single-disc purchase for anyone beginning to explore the Bach cantatas.
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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 - 'Actus tragicus' (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 - "Actus tragicus": Sonatina
00:02:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 - "Actus tragicus": "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" (Chorus), "Ach Herr, lehre uns bedenken" (Tenor), "Bestelle dein Haus: den du wirst sterben" (Bas
00:08:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

3
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 - "Actus tragicus": "In deine Hände befehl ich meinen Geist" (Alto) - "Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sein" (Bass, Alto)
00:05:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

4
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 - "Actus tragicus": "Glorie, Lob, Her und Herrlichkeit" (Chorus)
00:03:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: Sinfonia
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

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Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis"
00:03:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

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Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not"
00:04:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

8
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Wie hast du dich, mein Gott"
00:01:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

9
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Bäche von gesalzen Zähren"
00:06:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

10
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
00:03:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

11
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Ach Jesu, meine Ruh"
00:01:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

12
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Komm, mein Jesu"
00:04:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

13
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Sei nun wieder zufrieden"
00:05:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

14
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Erfreue dich, Seele"
00:03:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

15
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: "Das Lamm, das erwürget ist"
00:02:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ton Koopman, Conductor - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2008 Challenge Classics (P) 2008 Challenge Classics

Album Description

Dutch historical-performance specialist Ton Koopman's mid-'90s Bach cantata series, aborted in mid-issue by its label, continues to surface in bits and pieces, which is confusing for buyers who are trying to assemble the whole thing, but beneficial for samplers and newcomers. Koopman is one of the great veterans of Bach interpretation, and these performances are consistently gorgeous. Indeed, the good-sized Amsterdam Baroque Choir and sensuous interpretations make Koopman something of a conservative by now, although he's surely old enough to remember the days when using period instruments made one a radical. This pair of early Bach cantatas in a funeral mood was originally recorded in 1994 and appeared as part of a larger volume one of the entire set. This dour-covered reissue, with only a single window piercing the blackness, offers pieces that make sense on a single disc. The most distinctive musical feature is the sound of soprano Barbara Schlick, whose voice sparks and shines through the dark corners of Amsterdam's Waalse Kerk. Koopman seems to have organized the entire performance around Schlick, setting deliberate tempos and polishing sensuous surfaces (hear the lovely, reflective "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" chorus, track 6) that give her space to apply her trademark odd, fluttering intensity. Sample the recitative-aria pair "Wie hast du dich, mein Gott" and "Bäche von gesalznen Zähren" from the Cantata No. 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" (tracks 8 and 9) to hear her sound, which is not universally admired but which will likely be found absolutely chilling as the soprano infiltrates the final chorus of "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," track 2, and delivers the famous arioso flourish at the very end. The alto solos are sung by countertenor Kai Wessel, and the contrast between the two is extremely attractive. The musicians of Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra are just about the best there is, coming out of programs that have trained many of Europe's historical-instrument players, and the sound has held up very well: the original Erato engineers were among the few at the time who really gave thought to how Baroque strings and recorders should sound in a church environment. Altogether, this makes a fine single-disc purchase for anyone beginning to explore the Bach cantatas.
© TiVo

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