Freitag, 24. September 2010

Label SDG veröffentlicht SDG 174 Volume 18 zwei CDs

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SDG 174 Volume 18 (2 cds) contains:

SDG174Cantatas for Christmas Day

BWV 63 - Christen, ätzet diesen Tag
BWV 191 - Gloria in excelsis Deo

(recorded: Herderkirche, Weimar)

Soloists: Claron McFadden | Bernarda Fink
Christopher Genz | Dietrich Henschel

Cantatas for the Feast of Epiphany

BWV 65 - Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen
BWV 123 - Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen

(recorded: Nikolaikirche, Leipzig)

Soloists: Magdalena Kožená | Sally Bruce-Payne
James Gilchrist | Peter Harvey

Cantatas for the First Sunday after Epiphany

BWV 154 - Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren
BWV 124 - Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht
BWV 32 - Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen

(recorded: Hauptikirche St Jakobi, Hamburg)

Soloists: Claron McFadden | Michael Chance
James Gilchrist | Peter Harvey

The Monteverdi Choir | The English Baroque Soloists | John Eliot Gardiner

Click here for a German Translation of the sleeve notes.

Click here for the English sleeve notes.

SDG174 is the much awaited last volume of the Bach Cantatas Pilgrimage, one of the most talked about musical events of the last decade.

This is an anthology of the Christmas period, combining cantatas for Christmas Day and the Epiphany.

It features ten acclaimed soloists, including Magdalena Kožená, Bernarda Fink, Michael Chance, James Gilchrist and Christopher Genz.

The album opens with
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (“Christians, engrave this Day”), which was performed on Christmas Day 1999 to launch the year-long pilgrimage. This is one of Bach’s best known cantatas. The accompagnato recit was sung by Bernarda Fink to great acclaim.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo, the song of the angels at the birth of baby Jesus, is best known as the Gloria in the B Minor Mass.

Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen (“All they from Sheba shall come”) describes the procession of the three magi. Bach conveys the majesty of the scene by using high horns, and the recorders and oboes da caccia create an Eastern-like atmosphere.

The cantatas on this album display a great variety of dramatic expression. Both
Mein Liebster Jesus ist verloren (“My dearest Jesus is lost”) and Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (“Beloved Jesus, my Desire”) tell the same story, but in a different style, expressing different emotions.

This album was recorded at Weimar’s Herderkirche, Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche and Hamburg’s Hauptikirche St Jakobi.

SDG174 is packaged with a separate index sheet of the Cantata series.

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