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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 26, 2021 | Claves Records

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The Mass in B minor holds a very special place in J.S. Bach’s output: a work of grandeur, an opus ultimum, it was not composed as such but is the result of an assembly of pieces written at different times and for different circumstances. Bach worked on it during the years 1748-1749, until his eyesight, which had gradually deteriorated, was completely lost. The idea of bringing together pieces drawn essentially from the vast corpus of cantatas was not unusual; a similar approach was taken by several of his contemporaries, such as Handel, and Bach himself had done so for the short masses he composed in the late 1730s. These were called parodies. Moving from the German text of the cantatas to the Latin text of the masses meant adapting the vocal lines, with additions and deletions, polyphonic and harmonic enrichments, and changes in instrumentation. Throughout his life, Bach never ceased to revisit his works with a view to improving them.
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Classical - Released March 27, 2020 | Claves Records

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This recording was made in April 2019 at the Ernest-Ansermet Studio in Geneva, after five concerts in Switzerland during the preceding days. The desire to be as faithful as possible to the rhythm of the drama of the Passion and to the evidence of the musical sequences, which is easier to feel during a live performance than in front of the relative abstraction of the microphones, as well as a non-negligible time constraint (three and a half days in the studio for a work of 160 minutes), pushed the members of Gli Angeli Genève to record long takes, sometimes including up to 10 or 12 minutes of music, thus getting as close as possible to the feeling of a concert. In concert, with small vocal groups, Gli Angeli Genève systematically places the singers in front of the instruments regardless of repertoire, so as to give speech in music the most prominent place possible. When recording, since the audience’s crucial role cannot be replaced by the microphones, the musicians place ourselves in a large circle, all facing each other. They can see each other playing, singing, vibrating, breathing and reacting. The idea of reaction is central to this work where, when the action of the story is suspended, it is immediately replaced by emotion and poetic as well as musical beauty that Matthew’s story inspired in Bach and Picander. Airs as well as chorales. And within this circle they can react together, engage in dialogue, and see themselves feel the drama and powerful affects that mark the work relentlessly. And then they can share the pleasure and sometimes the awe - so beautiful is the music – of being able to live all this together. Forming a circle to make this music and observing the extraordinary musicians of Gli Angeli Genève at work led Stephan MacLeod (the conductor) to realise the extent to which The Saint Matthew Passion has structured the career and relationship to music of many of his colleagues. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released February 15, 2019 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released July 5, 2015 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released December 1, 2013 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released September 30, 2010 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released November 1, 2009 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 26, 2009 | Claves Records

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2005 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Claves Records

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Concertos - Released January 1, 1993 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1988 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 12, 1987 | Claves Records

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1986 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1971 | Claves Records