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Bach In Jazz / Martin Petzold, Stephan Konig Trio

Bach,J.s. / Stephan-konig-trio / Petzold
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Rondeau Productions   Catalog #: 6048   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH IN JAZZ Martin Petzold (ten); Stephan-König Trio RONDEAU 6048 (63:11 Text and Translation)


Here’s something altogether unique: not a set of improvisations on Bach themes as such, but a series of arias from Bach’s cantatas and passions arranged for tenor and jazz trio, interspersed with instrumental movements from the Italian Concerto and orchestral suites BWV 1067–68. Martin Petzold calls this collection of pieces Er ist meines Lebens Read more Kraft, or He Is the Strength of My Life.


What I find so interesting about this disc is that Petzold, though a self-confessed jazz lover, thought better of improvising around Bach’s written melodic lines. Rather, he sings them pretty much as written, only with jazz inflections within the rhythm of the vocal line, while the piano trio improvises around him. And what a splendid trio it is! In addition to the very natural influences one would expect, Jacques Loussier and Claude Bolling, I also hear elements of Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, McCoy Tyner, and Bill Evans in the playing of pianist Stephan König, and the influences of several jazz bassists in the work of Thomas Stahr.


If I have one reservation about the recording, it is that Petzold is sometimes over-recorded in balance with the trio. He seems to be using a separate microphone from the instrumentalists, and there are indeed moments where even a medium-loud high note sounds so closely recorded that it tends to blast the mic, but for the most part the engineer did try to balance things pretty well.


There is a special pleasure to realize that Petzold is the cantor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, which of course was Bach’s musical home for decades. He certainly is an exceptional light tenor, and knows this style intimately. I wonder if he has performed any of these jazz arrangements at the Leipzig church; I wish he would, anyway!


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Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 41, Geduld, wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 13a, Zerschmettert mich, ihr Felsen und ihr Hugel by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Lobe den Herrn, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137: no 4, Lobe den Herren, der deinen Stand sich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: Wie hast du dich, mein Gott, in meiner Not by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
5.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 5, Bäche von gesalznen Zahren by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 10, Erfreue dich, Seele, erfreue dich, Herze by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
7.
Es erhub sich ein Streit, BWV 19: Bleibt Ihr Engel, bleibt bei mir by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
8.
Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, ist der Menschen Leben, BWV 26: no 2, So schnell ein rauschend by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 11/19/1724 
9.
Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei, BWV 179: no 3, Falscher Heuchler Ebenbild by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
10.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 40, Mein Jesus Schweigt zu falschen Lügen stille by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
14.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martin Petzold (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephan König Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 

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