Bach Choral

Domkantorei St. Pölten & Otto Kargl - J.S. Bach: Choral Sacred Works (Live) (2017)

Domkantorei St. Pölten & Otto Kargl - J.S. Bach: Choral Sacred Works (Live)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 67:30 min | 321 MB
Label: Fra Bernardo | Tracks: 16 | 2017

The Domkantorei St. Pölten, under the direction of Otto Kargl, is one of the most profound amateur choirs in Austria. The group was founded in 1992 by Kappelmeister Otto Kargle. It is an exquisite special ensemble with only about 20 members and the group is mainly concerned with music written prior to the year 1800 as well as contemporary choral literature. In addition to the liturgical service at the cathedral church in St. Polten, the ensemble regularly performs at the Carinthian Summer, the Brucknerhaus Linz, the Musica Sacra Festival, and the Festspielhaus St. Polten.
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (2015)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki - Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol. 1 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included | Time: 01:05:30
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: BIS | # BIS-2081

The Reformations fundamental alterations to traditional forms of church service, had, by Bach's time, resulted in German churches Latin yielding to the country's own language. To a limited extent, however, the Latin mass text did remain in use in the Protestant church in particular the Kyrie and Gloria sections. Termed Missa to differentiate them from complete settings, these pieces are often referred to now as 'Lutheran Masses'. Bach's famous Mass in B minor began its existence as a work of this type, and four other examples from Bach's pen have survived. Newly performed and recorded by Bach Collegium Japan under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, the Missae BWV 235 and 236 are here combined with four separate settings of the Sanctus. Two of these are original works, whereas BWV 241, and possibly also 240, is an arrangement of another composers setting. The 'KyrieChriste' BWV Anh 26 is an example of how Bach used music by other composers, in this case by his Neapolitan contemporary Francesco Durante.
Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1989)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Consortium musicum, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 615 Mb | Total time: 64:04+65:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CZS 7 62592 2 | Recorded: 1969

J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion, or St. John Passion, BWV 245 – one of just two surviving Bach Passion works out of an original four or five – is, simply put, a headache for editors and performers wishing to recreate the authentic, stamped-and-approved original work. There is no such beast: the work was performed at least four times during Bach's lifetime, and for each new presentation he overhauled the music, adding numbers, deleting numbers, changing numbers, so that today we really have four different St. John Passions through which to pick and choose our way. Happily enough, however, Bach misses the mark in not a single one of those numbers, and the director can hardly go wrong selecting from such a wealth of fine material. The St. John Passion was first heard on April 7, 1724 (Good Friday), and then reproduced for Leipzig churchgoers in 1725, sometime in the early 1730s (perhaps 1732), and then again in 1749. Perhaps in part because of its sometimes bewildering compositional history and the fact that its texts were not really conceived as a single entity (Bach seems to have arranged the texts himself from a number of disparate sources, and sometimes his efforts – which seem to have been hasty ones – are not altogether graceful), the St. John Passion has never been a sweepingly popular work like the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244. But it is a monumental work that must have made quite an impression indeed at its first performance, early on in Bach's tenure as Cantor of Leipzig.
Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthaus-Passion (1989)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Consortium musicum, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Matthäus-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 74:10+73:47+48:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CZS 7 62588 2 | Recorded: 1968

Among traditional modern-instrument versions of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Wolfgang Gönnenwein’s 1968 recording has a lot to offer. Not least is the excellent choral singing from top to bottom. The texts are always clear, and the pacing for the chorales is governed by the story’s dramatic unfolding. You can’t help but be hooked by Evangelist Theo Altmeyer’s warm tone and vivid portrayal, complemented by Franz Crass’ sonorous, touching Jesus. What a joy it is to hear Teresa Zylis-Gara, Julia Hamari, and Hermann Prey at the peak of their respective powers. Tenor Nicolai Gedda is heard to better advantage with Gönnenwein than in Otto Klemperer’s recording, where he struggled with that conductor’s craggy tempos. The orchestra plays beautifully, and the engineering does full justice to Bach’s antiphonal interplay. All the recitatives are accompanied by rather dutiful chordal backing from the organ and cello (Bach adds a “halo” of strings, of course, whenever Jesus opens his mouth). A harpsichordist with a bent for improvisation would have spruced up the texture. Lovers of great Bach singing, however, will treasure this release.
(Jed Distler)
Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & David Hill - Dyson: Choral Symphony (2017)

Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & David Hill - Dyson: Choral Symphony
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 75:20min | 295 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 05 | 2017

Born into a working-class family, George Dyson became one of the most important musicians and composers of his day. The previously unknown Choral Symphony was written as an examination work while Dyson was studying at Oxford, and it was only recently discovered at the Bodleian Library. Dyson relishes his dramatic chosen text from Psalm 107 on the expulsion from and homecoming of the Jews to Israel, a narrative that inspires trademark features that would make his later works so attractive. Its seascape finale links neatly with St Pauls Voyage to Melita, another vivid text from which Technicolor musical images are conjured.

Dorothee Oberlinger - Bach - Small Gifts (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Nov. 3, 2017
Dorothee Oberlinger - Bach - Small Gifts (2017)

Dorothee Oberlinger - Bach - Small Gifts
Classical, Vpcal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 75:31 min | 402 MB
Label: harmonia mundi | Tracks: 19 | 2017

When J. S. Bach dedicated his “Brandenburg Concertos” to the margrave Christian-Ludwig, he labelled them as “small talents” given to him by the heavens. Under the title “small gifts”, Andreas Scholl together with Dorothee Oberlinger and her Ensemble 1700 present a pure Bach programme with a selection of vocal and instrumental works which gives a lively impression of Bach’s musical rhetoric.
Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works (10CDs) [2010]

Helmuth Rilling, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Gächinger Kantorei - Bach: Great Sacred Choral Works (10CDs) [2010]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.71 Gb | Total time: 10:48:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88697687172 | Recorded: 1969-1985

Helmuth Rilling is an excellent conductor and interpreter of Bach's sacred music. Recorded from 1969 to 1985, over a longer period of time than most other sets, there is a lot of change throughout the series. Rilling's recordings are more dense and lush than others, and his tempi are often slower than HIP recordings - no "original instruments" for Rilling. But he creates such a detailed sound-world that any fan of these works should want to hear Rilling's versions to compare with others. This said, Rilling often uses a technique that I find a bit disturbing. He'll have one instrument or group of instruments sequestered to one track, and others on the other track, giving a sound similar to that of early Beatles' stereo mixes, where vocals were on one track and instruments on the other. This is something you never hear in live performance; while one instrument may be on one side, you still hear it on the other side. This tends to make some of the movements sound as though there's no blend among the singers and musicians.
(Kirk McElhearn)
Karl Richter, Munchner Bach-Orchester, Munchner Bach-Chor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (2007/1970)

Bach - Johannes-Passion (Karl Richter, Peter Schreier, Helen Donath, Julia Hamari) (2007/1970)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 129 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

As one of the 20th century's most acclaimed Bach interpreters, Karl Richter devotes his expertise to this monumental epic of Christ's final hours, tapping the power of Bach's rich choral writing for a rendering of startling immediacy - for the first time on DVD.

Bach J.S. - Matthäus Passion BWV 244 (Gustav Leonhardt)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at March 4, 2011
Bach J.S. - Matthäus Passion BWV 244 (Gustav Leonhardt)

Bach J.S. - Matthaus-Passion (Gustav Leonhardt)
Classical | EAC | Flac(Image)+Cue, Logs, Scans | 713.95 MB
CD1:74’40; CD2:51’10; CD3:46’32 | January 2, 1990 | Harmonia Mundi

"With this work a new world opened up to us", wrote the actor singer Eduard Devrient, recalling the momentous revival of the St. Matthew Passion some forty years earlier in 1829, when he was joined by Mendelssohn, then barely out of his teens yet fully able and willing to shoulder the burden of a stupendous musical challenge. Bach's masterpiece was already one hundred years old but could look back on little more than one or two unsatisfactory performances, scant recognition, and not a note in print.

Bach Wilhelm Friedemann - Kantaten (Vol 1, 2)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Jan. 21, 2011
Bach Wilhelm Friedemann - Kantaten (Vol 1, 2)

Bach Wilhelm Friedemann - Kantaten
Classical | EAC | Flac(Image)+Cue, Logs, Scans | 2CD | 672.41 MB
Released: 1. November 2010 | Label: Carus

Als der Hallenser Musikdirektor und Organist Wilhelm Friedemann Bach am 12. Mai 1764 in einem denkbar knappen Brief an das Kollegium der Marktkirche ohne nähere Begründung seine Kündigung einreichte, ging in der Saalestadt eine glanzvolle musikalische Epoche sang- und klanglos zu Ende. Seit Samuel Scheidt war die Organistenstelle der Halleschen Marktkirche stets von herausragenden Virtuosen und Komponisten bekleidet worden, und mit W.F. Bach hatte der letzte dieser Reihe seinen Dienst quittiert. Seine etwa zwanzig erhaltenen Hallenser Kantaten bilden ein bislang von der Praxis noch kaum erschlossenes Repertoire, das in vielfacher Hinsicht ohne Parallele dasteht…