Philippe Herreweghe Bach

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas (2010)

Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Oster-Oratorium, Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Cantatas BWV 2, 20, 43, 44, 66, 176 (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 820 Mb | Total time: 72:34+67:15+53:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HML 5908354.56 | Recorded: 1993, 1994, 2002

Another entry in Harmonia Mundi's ongoing Bach Edition, this recording from 1993 exemplifies both the consistently high standard of performance we've come to expect from Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale and the astonishing musical variety and emotional/spiritual depth of Bach's vocal works. As usual in this series, the program reflects a theme, in this case the feast of Ascension, for which Bach wrote what proved to be his final oratorio (improperly catalogued as a cantata in the original edition of Bach's works) and at least three cantatas. The oratorio contains both original music and, as has recently been shown, several movements taken from cantatas no longer extant. It's a compelling and inexplicably underperformed work, far shorter than Bach's other oratorios, complete with some terrific orchestral music, two wonderful festive choruses, a tenor Evangelist narrator, a charming little duet for tenor and bass, and arias for soprano and alto.
Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herrewegh - Bach Leipzig Cantatas BWV 101, BWV 103 & BWV 115 (2017) [24/96]

Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herrewegh - Bach Leipzig Cantatas BWV 101, BWV 103 & BWV 115 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 62:00 minutes | 1.07 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

For the third time on the Phi label, Philippe Herreweghe gives us the opportunity to (re)discover three cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach – Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101, Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103 and Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115. After two albums of cantatas written during the composer’s first year in Leipzig (LPH006 and LPH012), the Belgian conductor and his Collegium Vocale Gent, orchestra and choir, will be performing three cantatas he composed during his second year as Kantor at St Thomas’s.
Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herrewegh - Bach: Leipzig Cantatas BWV 101, BWV 103 & BWV 115 (2017)

Collegium Vocale Gent & Philippe Herrewegh - Bach: Leipzig Cantatas BWV 101, BWV 103 & BWV 115
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 62:00 min | 296 MB
Label: Phi | Tracks: 19 | Rls.date: 2017

or the third time on the Phi label, Philippe Herreweghe gives us the opportunity to (re)discover three cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach – Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101, Ihr werdet weinen und heulen, BWV 103 and Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115. After two albums of cantatas written during the composer’s first year in Leipzig (LPH006 and LPH012), the Belgian conductor and his Collegium Vocale Gent, orchestra and choir, will be performing three cantatas he composed during his second year as Kantor at St Thomas’s.
Bach - Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (Philippe Herreweghe) (2010)

Bach - Solo Cantatas for alto, for bass; German Cantatas before Bach (Philippe Herreweghe) (2010)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 3cd, 805 MB
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HML 5908372.74 | 03:15:20

Philippe Herreweghe is widely considered to be one of the foremost Bach interpreters of our time. This four deluxe CD-Book collection is part of the Philippe herreweghe Bach Edition, and features key works from the Bach canon. Each set in the series is available at a very special low price and features packaging and liner-notes on a par with the best that harmonia mundi offers. These sets are a rare bargain and a must-have for collectors…
Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Missa in h-moll, BWV 232 (2012) [Official Digital Download]

Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Missa in h-moll, BWV 232 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 100:43 minutes | 946 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. Philippe Herreweghe’s longlasting interest in the works of the Cantor of Leipzig has turned him into a man whose views evolve as he delves deeper into his subject matter. The joy that he feels – combined with a very legitimate sense of pride – in having forged musical tools that have today reached maturity, has led him to come back on a Missa that has never ceased to intrigue him: the catholic Missa of the protestant composer Bach.
Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Bach: Trauerode BWV 198 & Cantate BWV 78 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 242 Mb | Total time: 57:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901270 | Recorded: 1987

Recorded in 1987, this disc by Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the choral-instrumental ensemble La Chapelle Royale came in advance of most of the historical-performance recordings that have delved deeply into Bach's cantatas and their world. It was, in fact, the first digital recording of the Trauerode, BWV 198. Despite some competition, this remains an exemplary Bach performance, and it was a superb candidate for reissue in Harmonia Mundi's HM Gold greatest-hits series.
Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)

Andreas Scholl, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale - Bach: Cantates pour alto BWV 170, 54, 35 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 271 Mb | Total time: 59:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901644 | Recorded: 1999

According to German theological tradition, which Bach knew very well, the alto voice was the very symbol of the Holy Ghost. Bach's three solo cantatas for alto demand enormous vocal virtuosity. Their extraordinary musical variety embraces sublime consolatory lullabies, a faithful echo of an organ concerto and the dramatic qualities of an oratorio. Andreas Scholl is the featured soloist in this reissue, backed by Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent.
Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Lully: Grands Motets; Dumont: Memorare (1985)

Philippe Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale - Lully: Grands Motets; Dumont: Memorare (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 49:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901167 | Recorded: 1984

The large motet 'à la française' is a quite distinctive affair that has nothing in common with the more traditional notion that a composer like Bach, for instance, had of the genre. If a comparison must be made, we will find that the French motet is more like an extended cantata consisting of a succession of choruses and arias accompanied by the orchestra, with the absence of recitative constituting an important difference.
Philippe Herreweghe - Brahms: Symphony 4, Alt-Rhapsodie, Schicksalslied (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Ann Hallenberg, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées & Philippe Herreweghe - Brahms: Symphony 4, Alt-Rhapsodie, Schicksalslied (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1kHz | Time - 66:23 minutes | 641 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

"The four symphonies of Brahms form the kernel of our musical heritage, along with such works as the Monteverdi Vespers, the Bach Cello Suites and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and the half-century (!) of Collegium Vocale Gent, we conceived the project of recording them in tandem with major choral works by this composer whose instrumental and vocal worlds are in essence inextricable. Johannes Brahms was at heart a singer.
Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Motetten (2011) [Official Digital Download]

Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach: Motetten (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 62:30 minutes | 599 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

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.