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Eternal fire - Bach Choruses

John Eliot Gardiner

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The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage was an incredibly ambitious project undertaken in 2000 in which John Eliot Gardiner, with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, performed and recorded all of J.S. Bach's cantatas in a variety of European churches on the liturgical feast days for which they were composed. The results were released on the label Soli Deo Gloria in 27 sets, and this album, Eternal Fire, includes 14 choruses from the cantatas. The technical and musical assurance of these performances comes as no surprise given the track record of Gardiner and these stellar groups. It would be easy to imagine, though, that in such an intensely packed schedule of recordings, the performers might not have the luxury of time, much less stamina, to fully exploit the individuality of each of the cantatas. The care that they give to these choruses is remarkable, both as a demonstration of their discipline and of the imaginative thinking that went into their distinctive and varied interpretations. Gardiner is a master of lovingly attending to the smallest details of phrasing, as well as giving meaningful shape to the choruses, which are often formally complex, with subtly complicated emotional content. The clear expression of that emotional content is central to his approach, and his success at communicating it is a key element in making these performances stand out. An example is the way the chorus spits out the phrase, "the ancient wicked foe," from Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, which is attention-grabbing in its vehemence, as is appropriate for the meaning, but which doesn't sound overdone or unmusical. The performances are full of countless little felicities that are musically delightful and disarmingly direct in their emotional honesty. The recordings, though made in a variety of settings, are consistently excellent in their clarity and presence. The CD should be of strong interest to any fan of choral singing, or of this repertoire, and ought to whet the listener's appetite for looking into the complete performance of the cantatas.
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O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe
Monteverdi Choir
00:06:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
Chorale and Aria: Ihr werdet weinen und heulen
Mark Padmore
00:05:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Mark Padmore, Artist, MainArtist - Julian Clarkson, Artist - William Towers, Artist - Brigitte Geller, Artist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

3
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
Monteverdi Choir
00:05:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt, BWV 178 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt
Monteverdi Choir
00:05:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott
Monteverdi Choir
00:05:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39, Pt. I (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6
Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39, Part I: Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot
Monteverdi Choir
00:07:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
Weinen, Klagen
Monteverdi Choir
00:07:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding, BWV 176 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

8
Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Es erhub sich ein Streit, BWV 19 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

9
Es erhub sich ein Streit
Monteverdi Choir
00:03:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende, BWV 27 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
Chorale and Recitative: Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende
Katherine Fuge
00:04:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir - Mark Padmore, Artist - Robin Tyson, Artist - Katherine Fuge, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (I), BWV 20, Pt. I (Johann Sebastian Bach)

11
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort [I], BWV 20, Part I: Chorale: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort
Monteverdi Choir
00:04:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Argre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

12
Argre dich, o Seele, nicht
Monteverdi Choir
00:03:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 95 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
Chorus and Recitative: Christus, der ist mein Leben
Mark Padmore
00:04:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Mark Padmore, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

14
Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?
Monteverdi Choir
00:06:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor - English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2009 SDG (P) 2009 SDG

Album Description

The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage was an incredibly ambitious project undertaken in 2000 in which John Eliot Gardiner, with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, performed and recorded all of J.S. Bach's cantatas in a variety of European churches on the liturgical feast days for which they were composed. The results were released on the label Soli Deo Gloria in 27 sets, and this album, Eternal Fire, includes 14 choruses from the cantatas. The technical and musical assurance of these performances comes as no surprise given the track record of Gardiner and these stellar groups. It would be easy to imagine, though, that in such an intensely packed schedule of recordings, the performers might not have the luxury of time, much less stamina, to fully exploit the individuality of each of the cantatas. The care that they give to these choruses is remarkable, both as a demonstration of their discipline and of the imaginative thinking that went into their distinctive and varied interpretations. Gardiner is a master of lovingly attending to the smallest details of phrasing, as well as giving meaningful shape to the choruses, which are often formally complex, with subtly complicated emotional content. The clear expression of that emotional content is central to his approach, and his success at communicating it is a key element in making these performances stand out. An example is the way the chorus spits out the phrase, "the ancient wicked foe," from Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, which is attention-grabbing in its vehemence, as is appropriate for the meaning, but which doesn't sound overdone or unmusical. The performances are full of countless little felicities that are musically delightful and disarmingly direct in their emotional honesty. The recordings, though made in a variety of settings, are consistently excellent in their clarity and presence. The CD should be of strong interest to any fan of choral singing, or of this repertoire, and ought to whet the listener's appetite for looking into the complete performance of the cantatas.
© TiVo

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