J.S. Bach - Easter & Ascension Oratorios (Masaaki Suzuki)  (PS3 SACD rip)
SACD ISO image: 3.22 GB | Scans PDF (800 dpi): 28.8 MB | 5% Recovery Record
Classical | Label: BIS Records | Catalog Number: BIS-SACD-1561 | Direction: Masaaki Suzuki, Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan
Eccezionale 5 Stelle Musica April 2006Hard on the heels of Volume 29 in the Bach Cantata series and their recording of the Orchestral Suites comes this new disc from Bach Collegium Japan. Genre-wise the present two works balance between oratorios and cantatas. Though their format is not far removed from that of the longer cantatas, some differences are obvious: for instance, in its earliest version the soloists in the Easter Oratorio were assigned roles (such as Mary Magdalene and Peter), while the Ascension Oratorio features an Evangelist, filling the same function as in the more monumental Passions. Both works - like the Christmas Oratorio - are, at least in part, so-called parodies: reworkings of secular occasional pieces as sacred compositions by adapting their texts.