René Jacobs

Biography

Born: October 30, 1946   Country: Belgium  
Rene Jacobs has been highly successful in a unique dual career as a countertenor and conductor, specializing in vocal music of the Baroque period. He was a chorister in the Cathedral of his hometown of Ghent. Also the home of conductor Philippe Herreweghe, Ghent was a center of the movement to restore older music to the repertoire in authentic style performances. Jacobs studied classical philology at the University of Ghent while continuing his Read more studies of singing in Brussels. He became acquainted with the Kuijken brothers (leading Baroque instrumentalists), Gustav Leonhardt (a top conductor on the authentic instruments scene), and Alfred Deller (a pioneering countertenor). They advised him to continue preparing for a singing career and correctly analyzed his voice as suitable for extension into the countertenor range. Jacobs' interest in Baroque music stems in part from his vocal type: many leading Baroque operatic roles were written for high male voices, either natural altos (countertenors) or artificial (castrati). Jacobs' growing fame as a countertenor led him to become a scholar of Baroque vocal music.

In 1977 he began an association with the Harmonia Mundi France record company, starting with performances with the Concerto Vocale. His early Harmonia Mundi records included vocal chamber music by Cesti, d'India, Ferrari, Marenzio, Lambert, Guédron, and others.

Soon afterwards his studies led him to conducting. Among his recordings and live performances, many of which were the first performances of these works in centuries, are Cesti's Orontea, Cavalli's Xerse and Giasone, Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Handel's Flavio and Giulio Cesare, Gluck's Le cinesi and Echo et Narcisse, Mozart's La finta semplice, and Conti's Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena. He performed in the complete operas of Monteverdi for the Salzburg Festival. As a conductor, he frequently appears with the Concerto Köln, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, and the RIAS-Kammerchor.

He has made over 100 recordings and won many of the major classical music record awards as both conductor and singer, including the Edison Award, Vivaldi Prize, the Gramophone Award, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, and the International Record Critics Award. In 1991 he was appointed artistic director of the opera programs of the Festwochen der Alten Musik of Innsbruck and teaches Baroque interpretation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Read less

Biography

Born: October 30, 1946   Country: Belgium  
Rene Jacobs has been highly successful in a unique dual career as a countertenor and conductor, specializing in vocal music of the Baroque period. He was a chorister in the Cathedral of his hometown of Ghent. Also the home of conductor Philippe Herreweghe, Ghent was a center of the movement to restore older music to the repertoire in authentic style performances. Jacobs studied classical philology at the University of Ghent while continuing his Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Kyrie: Kyrie I (Chorus)
Kyrie: Christe eleison (Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Baritone)
Kyrie: Kyrie II (Chorus)
Gloria: Gloria (Chorus)
Gloria: Domine Deus (Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Chorus)
Gloria: Domine Fili (Counter-Tenor)
Gloria: Qui sedes (Chorus)
Gloria: Quoniam (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
Credo: Credo (Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Chorus)
Credo: Et incarnatus est (Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Baritone)
Credo: Crucifixus (Chorus)
Credo: Et resurrexit (Chorus, Soprano, Counter-Tenor, Tenor, Baritone)
Credo: Et vitam venturi saeculi (Chorus)
Sanctus: Sanctus (Chorus)
Sanctus: Benedictus (Baritone)
Sanctus: Osanna (Chorus)
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Counter-Tenor)
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (Chorus)
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Alto: "Et exultavit spiritus meus"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Soprano: "Quia respexit"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Omnes generationes"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Aria: Basso: "Quia fecit mihi magna"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Duetto: Alto, Tenore: "Et misericordia"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Fecit potentiam"
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Tenore: Deposuit potentes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Esurientes implevit bonis
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Suscepit Israel"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Sicut locutus est"
Magnificat in D major/D-dur/en ré majeur BWV 243: Chorus: "Gloria Patri"
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Sinfonia
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Recitativo: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Bäche von gesalzen Zähren
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Recitativo: Ach, Jesu, meine Ruh
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Duetto: Komm, mein Jesu
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Aria: Erfreue dich, Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Das Lamm, das erwürget ist
Cantata No. 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV170 (1997 Digital Remaster): Aria: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
Cantata No. 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV170 (1997 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Die Welt, das Sündenhaus
Cantata No. 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV170 (1997 Digital Remaster): Aria: Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen
Cantata No. 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV170 (1997 Digital Remaster): Rezitativ: Wer sollte sich demnach
Cantata No. 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV170 (1997 Digital Remaster): Aria: Mir ekelt mehr zu leben
Cantata No. 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV161 (1997 Digital Remaster): Aria: Komm, du süße Todesstunde (alto)
Cantata No. 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV161 (1997 Digital Remaster): Recitativ: Welt, deine Lust ist Last (tenor)
Cantata No. 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV161 (1997 Digital Remaster): Aria: Mein Verlangen (tenor)
Cantata No. 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV161 (1997 Digital Remaster): Recitativ: Der Schluß ist schon gemacht (alto)
Cantata No. 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV161 (1997 Digital Remaster): Chor: Wenn es meines Gottes Wille
Cantata No. 161: Komm, du süße Todesstunde BWV161 (1997 Digital Remaster): Choral: Der Leib zwar in der Erden
Cantata No. 177: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV177 (1997 Digital Remaster): I. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (Chor)
Cantata No. 177: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV177 (1997 Digital Remaster): II. Ich bitt' noch mehr, o Herre Gott (alto)
Cantata No. 177: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV177 (1997 Digital Remaster): III. Verleih', daß ich aus Herzens Grund (sopran)
Cantata No. 177: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV177 (1997 Digital Remaster): IV. Laß mich kein' Lust noch Furcht (tenor)
Cantata No. 177: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV177 (1997 Digital Remaster): V. Ich lieg' im Streit (Chor)
Leçons de Ténèbres: Première Leçon de Ténèbres
Leçons de Ténèbres: Deuxième Leçon de Ténèbres
Leçons de Ténèbres: Troisième leçon
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Et exultavit spiritus meus
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Soprano: Quia respexit
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Omnes generationes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Basso: Quia fecit mihi magna
Magnificat in D BWV243: Duetto: Atlto, Tenore: Et misericordia
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Fecit potentiam
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Tenore: Deposuit potentes
Magnificat in D BWV243: Aria: Alto: Esurientes implevit bonis
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Suscepit Israel
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Sicut locutus est
Magnificat in D BWV243: Coro: Gloria Patri
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Sinfonia
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Recitativo: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Aria: Bäche von gesalzen Zähren
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part One: Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Recitativo: Ach, Jesu, meine Ruh
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Duetto: Komm, mein Jesu
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Sei nun wieder zufrieden
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Aria: Erfreue dich, Seele
Cantata No. 21:'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis', Part Two: Das Lamm, das erwürget ist
Prologue
Act I, scenes 1 & 2
Act I, scenes 3 à 6
Act I, scenes 6 à 9
Act I, scenes 10 & 11
Act I, scenes 12 à 14
Act I, scenes 15 & 16
Act I, scenes 18 à 20
Act II, scenes 1 à 4
Act II, scenes 4 & 5
Act II, scene 6
Act II, scene 7
Act II, scenes 8 à 10
Act II, scene 11
Acte I, scène 17. Recitativo & aria Arsamene: "Innamorato cor"
Act II, scenes 12 à 14
Act II, scene 15
Act II, scene 15a
Act II, scenes 16 à 18
Act II, scenes 19 & 20
Act III, scenes 1 à 4
Act III, scenes 5 & 6
Act III, scenes 7 & 8
Act III, scenes 9 & 10
Act III, scenes 11 à 13
Act III, scenes 14 à 17
Act III, scene 18
Act III, scenes 19 & 20
Stabat Mater dolorosa (Duo)
Aria (soprano): Cuius animam gementem
Duo: O quam tristis et afflicta
Aria (alto): Quae moerebat et dolebat
Duo: Quis est homo, qui non fleret
Aria (soprano) Vidit suum dulcem natum
Aria (alto): Eja, Mater, fons amoris
Duo: Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
Duo: Sancta Mater, istud agas
Aria (alto): Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Duo: Inflammatus et accensus
Duo: Quando corpus morietur - Duo: Amen


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