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The Bach Album / Battle, Perlman, Orchestra Of St. Luke's


Release Date: 01/16/1992 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 429737   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daire FitzgeraldFred SherryItzhak PerlmanKathleen Battle,   ... 
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Battle and Perlman together in Bach sounds like a recipe for no uncertain sweetness and much stained-glass light. Prospective buyers are likely, though, to choose their purchase in this case as much, as it were, for the singer as for the song, so they will have a shrewd idea what to expect.

Among those expectations will be a decidedly virtuoso approach to the obbligato writing, and a doe-like purity of vocal inflexion. For Cantata No. 97's "Ich traue seiner Gnaden", Battle certainly also puts her trust in the soloist, whose little opening concerto paves the way for a gentle, effortless unfurling of the vocal line. The violin's pointed answers make it not only the equal of the voice in eloquence, but also set up quite
Read more a few demands for the voice in turn....

Not surprisingly, both Battle and Perlman are at their best in those arias which inhabit clearly recognizable expressive poles. In duet with an orchestral cello, Perlman provides a sombre prelude for Cantata No. 115's Passion-like "Bete aber auch dabei", to which Battle responds in suitably muted voice, and with a fitting sense of the long vision of the soul's self-preparation.

In the fiercely energetic "Jesus soil mein erstes Wort" from Cantata No. 171, on the other hand, Perlman rises splendidly to the ascending arpeggios and sequences, the cadential twists and turns of his dance, while the voice, making the most of the implicit "Wort/Fort" aural pun, sings with a new clarity and assurance which almost recalls the young Elly Ameling.

The oboe steps out of an always judiciously balanced and sprightly orchestral ensemble for Cantata No. 84's exuberant "Ich esse mit Freuden", and the trumpet sounds robustly, providing firm foundation for the vocal and instrumental pirouetting in Cantata No. 105.

-- Gramophone [3/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Bete aber auch... by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Fred Sherry (Cello), Itzhak Perlman (Violin),
Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Lewis Paer (Double Bass), Anthony Newman (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm, BWV 171: Jesus soll mein erstes wort in dem neuen Jahre by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lewis Paer (Double Bass), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Myron Lutzke (Cello),
Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1729; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Benedictus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Organ), Itzhak Perlman (Violin),
Myron Lutzke (Cello), Lewis Paer (Double Bass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Laudamus te by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Anthony Newman (Organ), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105: Kann ich nur Jesum mir zum Freunde machen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Marc Goldberg (Bassoon), Itzhak Perlman (Violin),
Carl Albach (Trumpet)
Conductor:  John Nelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 "Wedding Cantata": Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Fred Sherry (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1718-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
7.
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36: no 7, Auch mit gedämpften by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Fred Sherry (Cello), Anthony Newman (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Es wartet alles auf dich, dass du ihnen Speise, BWV 187: no 5, Gott versorget alles Leben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Newman (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Fred Sherry (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV 84: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephen Taylor (Oboe), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Daire Fitzgerald (Cello), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
In allen meinen Taten, BWV 97: no 4, Ich traue seiner Gnaden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Itzhak Perlman (Violin),
Myron Lutzke (Cello), Lewis Paer (Double Bass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Gott ist unser Zuversicht, BWV 197: no 8, Vergnügen und Lust, Gedeihen und Heil by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Fred Sherry (Cello), Stephen Taylor (Oboe d'amore),
Anthony Newman (Harpsichord), Melanie Feld (Oboe d'amore), Lewis Paer (Double Bass),
Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Ich bin in mir vergnügt, BWV 204: no 4, Die Schätzbarkeit der weiten Erden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Fred Sherry (Cello), Anthony Newman (Organ),
Lewis Paer (Double Bass), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Newman (Organ), Kathleen Battle (Soprano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin),
Fred Sherry (Cello), Lewis Paer (Double Bass)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-90 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Cantata, BWV 197 "Gott ist unsere Zuversicht": Aria "Vergnügen und Lust" (Soprano)
Cantata, BWV 58 "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid": Aria "Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden" (Soprano)
Cantata, BWV 204 "Ich bin vergnügt": Aria "Die Schätzbarkeit der weiten Erde"
Cantata, BWV 97 "In allen meinen Taten": Aria "Ich traue seiner Gnaden" (Tenore)
Cantata, BWV 115 "Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit": Aria "Bete, bete aber auch dabei" (Soprano)
Cantata, BWV 171 "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm": Aria "Jesus soll mein erstes Wort" (Soprano)
Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Sanctus: Benedictus
Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 / Gloria: Laudamus te
Cantata No.202 "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" (Wedding Cantata), BWV 202: 5. Aria: Wenn die Frühlingslüfte streichen
"Schwingt freudig euch empor" BWV 36 / Part 2: 7. Aria "Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen" (Soprano)
Cantata, BWV 187 "Es wartet alles auf dich" / Zweiter Teil: Aria "Gott versorget alles Leben" (Soprano)
"Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke" Cantata, BWV 84: 3. Aria: Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot
Cantata, BWV 105 "Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht": 5. Aria: "Kann ich nur Jesum mir zum Freunde machen"

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