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Morimur - Bach / Christoph Poppen, Hilliard Ensemble


Release Date: 09/25/2001 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 461895   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph PoppenDavid JamesJohn PotterMonika Mauch,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A speculative insight into Bach’s mind proves an effective and moving listening experience.

The idea behind this release is the intriguing one‚ that by covertly slipping into his works snippets of Lutheran chorale tunes‚ Bach was offering hints as to those pieces’ hidden meanings. It is a difficult theory to challenge without being as knowledgeable as Helga Thoene‚ the Bach scholar on whose investigations it is based‚ and I am certainly not. But while the sceptic will doubtless consider that the nature of most Lutheran chorale melodies is such that one might well recognise bits of them in any number of pieces (especially when the note values can be changed)‚ the more accepting cannot fail to be impressed by the detail
Read more with which Thoene has developed her thesis. The result – elucidated in her booklet article – is a conceptual reading of the three Partitas for solo violin which sees them as representative respectively of Christmas‚ Easter and Pentecost‚ or in other words birth‚ death and rebirth. What this disc sets out to do is to take the Second Partita and turn its notional Easter connotation of ‘in Christo morimur’ (in Christ we die) into an audible one by interspersing its five movements with relevant verses and fragments from the chorales in question‚ suitably paschal numbers such as Christ lag in Todesbanden and Jesu‚ Deine Passion. Most fascinatingly of all‚ though‚ the great final Chaconne – a piece thought to have moving extra significance as a tombeau for Bach’s first wife – is played twice‚ the second time with the Hilliard Ensemble adding the chorale quotations to the texture. This is not the first time this last has been done – lutenist José Miguel Moreno has already recorded the Chaconne in transcription with the chorale tunes superimposed by Emma Kirkby and Carlos Mena (Glossa‚ 3/99) – but with a Baroque violin and a four­part vocal ensemble the new recording could‚ I suppose‚ claim to be slightly more ‘authentic’. Performed with solemn feeling in a sepulchral acoustic‚ it is also more objectively beautiful‚ though by the same token less intimate and heartfelt. Christoph Poppen plays with secure agility and a vibrant tone‚ bringing drama to the Sarabande and vigour to the Gigue‚ and shaping a satisfying range of moods in the Chaconne‚ grippingly hushed in the long arpeggio passage and joyously excited in the big fanfares. The Hilliard Ensemble sing with appropriately funereal dignity. No one would pretend that this project represents anything that Bach would ever have heard in performance‚ but the thought of those fleeting‚ ghostly chorale fragments being something he could have heard in his head is one that is hard to resist. And in the end‚ when the mind has cleared itself of musicology‚ this is above all one of those increasingly rare things – a moving and intelligently programmed disc that is effective from beginning to end.

-- Gramophone [2001/11]
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Works on This Recording

1. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 1st movement, Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 277 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor), Monika Mauch (Soprano),
Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 358 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone), Monika Mauch (Soprano),
John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4: no 3, Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Baritone), David James (Countertenor), Monika Mauch (Soprano),
John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is a repeated excerpt taken from the cantus firmus of the movement. 
5. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 53, Befiehl du deine Wege by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Monika Mauch (Soprano), Gordon Jones (Baritone), John Potter (Tenor),
David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Helga Thoene 
7. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 2nd movement, Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 3rd movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 4th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Poppen (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10. Auf meinen lieben Gott, BWV 744 [doubtful, possibly by J.L. Krebs] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gordon Jones (Baritone), John Potter (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Monika Mauch (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Wo soll ich fliehen hin?, BWV 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David James (Countertenor), Monika Mauch (Soprano), John Potter (Tenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Aus meines Herzens Grunde, BWV 269 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone), Monika Mauch (Soprano),
David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Nun lob', mein Seel', den Herren, BWV 389 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Monika Mauch (Soprano), David James (Countertenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159: Jesu, deine Passion ist mir lauter Freude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone), David James (Countertenor),
Monika Mauch (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 9, Dein Will' gescheh', Herr Gott, zugleich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Monika Mauch (Soprano), John Potter (Tenor), Gordon Jones (Baritone),
David James (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Monastery of St. Gerold, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Cantata, BWV 136: Auf Meinen Lieben Gott
Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4: Den Tod...
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004: 1. Allemande
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 277
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004: 2. Corrente
Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4: "Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt"
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004: 3. Sarabande
Cantata, BWV 89: Wo soll ich fliehen hin
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004: 4. Giga
Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4: Den Tod...
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004: 5. Ciaccona
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 277
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: Choral: "Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott zugleich"
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: Choral: "Befiehl du deine Wege"
Jesu Meine Freude, BWV 358
Cantata, BWV188: Auf meinen lieben Gott
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One: Chorus: "Jesu, deine Passion"
St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two: Choral: "In meines Herzens Grunde"
Nun Lob, mein Seel, den Herren, BWV 389
Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4: Den Tod...
Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - Transcribed For Violin Solo And Four Voices: Ciaccona
Cantata "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4: Den Tod...

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