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Bach: Sacred Masterpieces, Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner [22-CD Set]


Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001410302  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anne Sofie von OtterAndreas SchmidtMichael ChanceAnthony Rolfe Johnson,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi ChoirLondon Oratory Choir
Number of Discs: 22 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gardiner’s reading of the St. Matthew Passion is conceived and executed on the highest level, an example of period practice that is unlikely to be bettered any time soon. The performance as a whole vibrates with life: soloists are first-rate, and wonderfully well chosen for their respective parts, and the work of chorus and orchestra is exemplary. The recording, made in 1988 in the spacious ambience of The Maltings, Snape, near Aldeburgh, is well balanced and exceptionally vivid.

Gardiner’s account of the B minor Mass has all the virtues of a well-done period-instrument rendition – flow, clarity of texture and articulation, color – yet conveys the sweep, grandeur and weight that are an essential part of Bach’s conception,
Read more thereby combining the best of the new and the traditional. There is excellent choral work from the Monteverdi Choir, singing four or five to a part. The soloists, chosen from the ranks of the choir, have soft voices but are well blended and can always be distinguished over the chorus. The “Christe eleison” duet from Lynne Dawson and Carol Hall is particularly lovely. The recording, made in 1985, is open, clear, and spacious.

– Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Olaf Bär (Baritone), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  London Oratory Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), Olaf Bär (Baritone), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor),
Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nicholas Robertson (Tenor), Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Anthony Robson (Oboe), Valerie Darke (Oboe), Ruth Holton (Soprano),
Gillian Ross (Soprano), Simon Birchall (Bass), Neill Archer (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Howard Milner (Tenor), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone),
Mary Nichols (Alto), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano),
Sophia McKenna (Oboe), Andrew Murgatroyd (Tenor), Jean Knibbs (Soprano),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Charles Brett (Countertenor), Patrizia Kwella (Soprano), David Thomas (Bass),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Written: 1730 
7.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Timothy Mason (Cello),
Olaf Bär (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
8.
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olaf Bär (Baritone), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Timothy Mason (Cello), Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano), Anthony Robson (Oboe),
Alison Bury (Violin)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Robson (Oboe), Olaf Bär (Baritone), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Rufus Müller (Tenor),
Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1715; Cöthen, Germany 
11.
Sehet, welch eine Liebe, BWV 64 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephan Loges (Baritone), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Ann Monoyios (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Rufus Müller (Tenor),
Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor), Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor),
Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
14.
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 98 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Katherine Fuge (Soprano),
Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
15.
Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott recht kindlich kann verlassen!, BWV 139 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Katherine Fuge (Soprano),
Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724-1725; Leipzig, Germany 
16.
Herr Gott, dich loben wir, BWV 16 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor), Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
17.
Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, BWV 72 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Sara Mingardo (Alto), Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
18.
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
19.
Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit, BWV 111 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sara Mingardo (Alto), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Joanne Lunn (Soprano),
Julian Podger (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
20.
Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Sara Mingardo (Alto)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
21.
Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde, BWV 83 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Bass), Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
22.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
23.
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Tyson (Countertenor), Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
24.
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Tyson (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1742; Leipzig, Germany 
25.
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Steve Davislim (Tenor), Bernarda Fink (Soprano), Michael Niesemann (Oboe),
Julian Clarkson (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
26.
Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
27.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, entweichet ihr Schmerzen, es lebet der Heiland, BWV 66 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Dietrich Henschel (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
28.
Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein, BWV 128 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Christoph Genz (Tenor), Reinhard Hagen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Written: 1725 
29.
Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano),
Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
30.
Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 "Ascension Oratorio" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
31.
Lobe den Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget ihr Saiten!, BWV 172 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Christoph Genz (Tenor), Reinhard Hagen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
32.
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 59 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1723-1724; Leipzig, Germany 
33.
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christoph Genz (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass),
Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
34.
O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Steve Davislim (Tenor), Christopher Foster (Bass), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
35.
Was frag ich nach der Welt und allen ihren Schatten wenn ich mich nur an dir, mein Jesu, BWV 94 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Peter Harvey (Bass), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
36.
Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Peter Harvey (Bass),
Katherine Fuge (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
37.
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Peter Harvey (Bass), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
38.
Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei, BWV 179 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Stephan Loges (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
39.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
40.
Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 113 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephan Loges (Baritone), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), William Towers (Countertenor),
Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
41.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
42.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Ruth Holton (Soprano),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Written: 1723 
43.
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste, BWV 106 "Actus tragicus" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
44.
Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl, BWV 198 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
45.
O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht, BWV 118 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 

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