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Messen, Passionen, Requiems - Erschienen am 20. September 2010 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Auszeichnungen Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
This is one of a pair of albums devoted to Bach's Missa Brevis settings by French ensemble Pygmalion. Both are strongly recommended. These settings, with Kyrie and Gloria only, were repurposed by Bach from various earlier works, mostly cantatas; they're not among his unquestioned monuments, but they do bespeak his genius. The presentation here by France's Alpha label is compelling. The label packages works from the 16th to the 19th centuries inside high-quality reproductions of paintings that related to the given music in some way, explained by an art-historical essay. Here the painting is The Sermon of Saint John the Baptist by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, of 1566; it is not chronologically matched to Bach, but the correspondences are nevertheless fascinating. Both drew religious scenes out of the cultural materials of ordinary folk. And both were, in the words of essayist Denis Grenier, "ecumentical": Bach was a Protestant who was at the very least influenced by styles of Catholic regions and wrote Latin masses, while Brueghel lived in the Catholic-controlled Habsburg Netherlands but depicted religious events in the down-to-earth way that would emerge under Protestant belief systems. The appeal of the music lies partly in the ways Bach adapts Protestant cantatas for the Catholic mass. The Gloria in excelsis movement of the Missa Brevis in G major, BWV 236, is based on the opening chorus of the Cantata No. 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild" (God the Lord is Sun and Shield), BWV 79: not a total stretch, but also not precisely the same thought, and Bach reworks the music rather than simply resetting it. Similar processes occur in several other movements, and they're fascinating for those well acquainted with Bach's choral music. The general listener may prefer to simply luxuriate in Pygmalion's coolly elegant sound, in the singing of a consistently strong group of soloists headed by soprano Eugénie Warnier, and in the superb Kyries of both masses, each embodying Bach's contrapuntal perfection on a modest scale. The program is rounded out by a short work sometimes known as a cantata but designated by Bach himself as a motet: O Jesu Christ, meins lebens Licht, BWV 118, a funeral work with two parts written for instruments designed by Bach with the name lituus. The booklet goes into a good detail about efforts to decide just what these were supposed to be; the players make the unadventuresome choice of a pair of oboes, but the musical execution is gorgeous. An exceptional Bach release. © TiVo
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Geistliche Chormusik - Erschienen am 26. Mai 2011 | Phi

Hi-Res Booklet Auszeichnungen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Herausragende Tonaufnahme - Hi-Res Audio
In this exemplary recording of six Bach motets Philippe Herreweghe leads Collegium Vocale Ghent (an ensemble that includes both singers and instrumentalists) and ten soloists in performances of exceptional finesse and elegance. That's no easy task given the dense contrapuntal textures that characterizes several of the motets written for double chorus and orchestra. It takes great skill to keep the music, in a movement like the opening to "Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied," from turning into a murky undifferentiated stew of busyness, but Herreweghe keeps the sound open and varied. One crucial element is the absolutely pristine intonation and pure tone of the singers, which makes the harmonies clear and distinct. Herreweghe's graceful shaping of the phrases creates the sense of overlapping waves rising and falling rather than a monolithic wall of sound. The choruses' discipline in their precise observance of producing matching vowels is another factor that allows the intricacies of the music to come across as clean and well-defined. Although it is scored it for the same forces, in Komm, Jesu, komm Bach works with gleaming, transparent textures, where the felicities of Herreweghe's leadership and the refinement of the soloists, choruses, and orchestra are even more clearly in evidence. His attention to the emotional content of the piece gives the music a powerfully yearning warmth that, in spite of the large number of performers, feels intensely intimate. The engineers deserve much credit for creating such a carefully balanced aural environment, where details pop with amazing clarity and the sound is at the same time warm and enveloping. This is a release best experienced on a sound system that provides optimal separation and definition. Highly recommended; these are performances that should delight and dazzle fans of Baroque choral music. © TiVo
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Geistliche Kantaten - Erschienen am 4. September 2012 | BIS

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Geistliche Kantaten - Erschienen am 4. Dezember 2012 | BIS

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Geistliche Kantaten - Erschienen am 30. April 2013 | BIS

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Geistliche Kantaten - Erschienen am 24. September 2013 | BIS

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Messen, Passionen, Requiems - Erschienen am 9. März 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Die neue, mit Spannung erwartete Aufnahme der h-Moll Messe wurde von Les Arts Florissants mit William Christie bei harmonia mundi live in der Pariser Philharmonie aufgenommen, bevor sich das Ensemble nach Versailles, London, Barcelona aufmachte und bis nach Leipzig in die berühmte Thomaskirche kam, in der Bach von 1723 bis zu seinem Tod 1750 Kantor war. Die Messe entstand durch die Zusammenstellung verschiedenster Werke aus dem Fundus Bachs eigener Kompositionen (wie bei Selva Morale e spirituale von Monteverdi), die uns heute absolut stimmig erscheint. Bach hat sie jedoch zu Lebzeiten nie in dieser neuen Form gehört. Sie wurde übrigens erst 1845 als Ganzes herausgegeben und ihre Uraufführung fand vermutlich 1859 irgendwo in Deutschland statt. Vom Weihnachtsoratorium und der Johannespassion sowie einigen Kantaten einmal abgesehen, hat sich das Ensemble Les Arts Florissants bisher nur wenig mit der Musik Johann Sebastian Bachs beschäftigt. Die Solisten der vorliegenden Aufnahme, die die Instrumentalisten und Sänger der Arts Florissants unterstützen, stammen zum großen Teil aus Le Jardin des Voix – einer Akademie für junge Sänger von Wiliam Christie. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Messen, Passionen, Requiems - Erschienen am 5. April 2019 | Rondeau

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