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Bach: Cantatas & Arias / Bostridge, Biondi, Europa Galante


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45420   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian BostridgeLorenzo CavasantiAlessandro CarmignaniAntonio Abete,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The marvelous voice of tenor Ian Bostridge could not be more perfect for this program of Bach cantatas and arias. Like Hans Hotter before him, Bostridge's voice has a unique ethereal quality, a hollow distance that identifies less with the character and more the spirit of the subject. His singing clearly captures the "disembodied presence", as Michel Roubinet aptly puts it in the booklet's notes, of the mortal somewhere between resignation of the world and the ultimate union with Christ--the theme that links every selection here.

In one of Bach's most famous cantatas, the opening BWV 82 for example, Bostridge elevates the role to new heights. My longstanding favorite
Read more recordings here have included such diverse renderings as those by Fischer-Dieskau, Prey, Huttenlocher, and of course, Hotter, all of which now in comparison to Bostridge seem spiritually earthbound. Much of this quality has to do with Bostridge's tenor compared to the others' baritone and bass registers. Even more has to do with the way this singer hauntingly enters lines and phrases, sustains them, and releases them as if they were seemingly as fleeting as mortality. I've never heard the glorious centerpiece to this cantata, "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen", so deftly, seamlessly, and sublimely sung.

Accompanying Bostridge is the outstanding Italian original-instrument ensemble Europa Galante directed by Fabio Biondi, who also deliver outstanding performances of several well chosen sinfonias. Virgin's sound is excellent. Great notes. Full texts. A winner!
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl, BWV 198: no 8, Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Ich habe genug, BWV 82 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Lorenzo Cavasanti (Flute)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 23 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Easter Oratorio, BWV 249: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht, BWV 55 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alessandro Carmignani (Countertenor), Antonio Abete (Bass), Fabio Biondi (Violin),
Roberta Giua (Soprano), Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43: no 2, Es will der Höchste sich ein Siegsgeprang' bereiten by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43: no 3, Ja tausendmal, Tausend begleiten den Wagen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 7: no 3, Dies hat Gott klar mit Worten by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 7: no 4, Das Vaters Stimme liess sich horen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Enrico Casazza (Violin), Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott, BWV 139: Gott ist mein Freund, was hilft das Toben by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin), Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724-1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4: no 1, Sinfonia in E minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
11. Mer Hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": no 1, Ouverture by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12. Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  San Giovanni Abbey, Parma, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cantata No. 82, 'Ich habe genug' BWV82: Aria: Ich habe genug
Cantata No. 82, 'Ich habe genug' BWV82: Recit: Ich habe genug
Cantata No. 82, 'Ich habe genug' BWV82: Aria: Schlummert ein
Cantata No. 82, 'Ich habe genug' BWV82: Recit: Mein Gott! wann kommt das Schöne Nun!
Cantata No. 82, 'Ich habe genug' BWV82: Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod
SInfonia from Cantata No. 4, 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' BWV4
Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen : Kantate am Feste der Himmelfahrt Christi BWV 43: Recitativo: Es will der Höchste sich ein Siegsgespräng bereiten
Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen : Kantate am Feste der Himmelfahrt Christi BWV 43: Aria: Ja tausendmal, tausend begleiten den Wagen
Cantata No. 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht' BWV55: Aria: Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (Tenor)
Cantata No. 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht' BWV55: Recitativo: Ich habe wider Gott gehandelt (Tenor)
Cantata No. 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht' BWV55: Aria: Erbarme dich (Tenor)
Cantata No. 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht' BWV55: Recitativo: Erbarme dich! Jedoch nun tröst' ich mich (Tenor)
Cantata No. 55, 'Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht' BWV55: Choral: Bin ich gleich von dir gewichen (chorus)
Sinfonia from Cantata No. 18, 'Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt' BWV18
Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl : Trauer-Ode auf das Ableben der Gehmahlin Augusts des Starken Christiane Eberhardine, BWV 198: Aria: Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus
Aria: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer from Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium) BWV.249
Cantata No. 7, 'Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam' : Kantate am Feste Johannis des Täufers, BWV 7: Recitativo: Dies hat Gott klar mit Worten
Cantata No. 7, 'Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam' : Kantate am Feste Johannis des Täufers, BWV 7: Aria : Des Vaters Stimme liess sich hören
Aria: Gott ist mein Freund from Cantata No. 139, 'Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott' BWV139
Sinfonia [Instrumentalsatz] from Cantata No. 212, 'Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet' (Peasant Cantata) BWV212

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