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Bach & Beyond / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

Bach,J.s. / Mera / Sampson / Laurin / Terkado
Release Date: 08/31/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 9036/39  
Composer:  Claudio MonteverdiHeinrich SchützJohann Rudolf AhleDietrich Buxtehude,   ... 
Performer:  Yoshie HidaStephan MacleodMutsumi HatanoYoshitaka Ogasawara,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium JapanConcerto Palatino membersConcerto Palatino
Number of Discs: 15 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 16 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With performances that are expressive, sharply focused, and intensely committed, Bach Collegium Japan is one of the premier period instrument ensembles. Under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, they have built up a substantial discography since 1995, including their acclaimed Bach cantata series.

Albums included in this set:

A Choral Year With Bach / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

Read more 92164"> Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 1 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

"While recordings of Bach’s Coffee Cantata abound, the same cannot be said for his spaciously proportioned Wedding Cantata, ‘O holder Tag’. Scored for soprano with flute, oboe d’amore and strings, this last-mentioned piece is unquestionably one of the most vocally challenging of all Bach’s solo voice cantatas, requiring stamina and virtuosity over and above all Bach’s other usual demands. Carolyn Sampson has these challenges well within her grasp and no one is likely to be disappointed by her restrained and delicately poised singing... Comparably successful are the fourth aria, a deliciously pervasive polonaise, and the spirited finale, though throughout the cantata elegance of phrase and transparency of texture take precedence over nuptial high spirits. The Coffee Cantata is a delight from start to finish. Sampson is an almost perfect Liesgen, the willful, headstrong but affectionate daughter of dyspeptic though ultimately indulgent father, Schlendrian. As in the other work, the emphasis in Suzuki’s performance is on refinement of detail rather than animated dialogue. But the little domestic contretemps comes over charmingly and with just enough theatre to hold our attention. Stephen Schreckenberger makes clearer tonal sense of his aria ‘Mädchen, die von harten Sinnen’ than any other bass I know and Sampson’s sublime ‘Heute noch’ is lightly articulated and wholly enchanting." -- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine

Bach: Concertos Vol 1 / Terakado, Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

"Though plenty of recordings exist of these concertos played on period instruments, few if any entirely satisfy my sensibilities. Solo violinist Ryo Terakado, who customarily leads the Bach Collegium Japan, perhaps comes as close as any to fulfilling hopes and expectations... His tone, furthermore, has a sweetness in the upper register which is all too often lacking in performances by his period instrument rivals... Marcel Ponseele...is one of the finest Bach oboe players around and nowhere here does he disappoint. In short, this version of the violin concertos, as well as that for violin and oboe, is comfortably my first choice." -- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine

Bach: Goldberg Variations / Masaaki Suzuki

Bach, Zelenka, Kuhnau: Magnificats / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

"The D major [Magnificat] was apparently Bach’s preferred version and is the one commonly played today, as on this latest instalment of Masaaki Suzuki’s acclaimed survey of Bach’s sacred vocal music. Suzuki’s Magnificat, like his earlier Bach recordings, is sharply focused and performed with engaging conviction... The Magnificat by Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor at Leipzig, resembles Bach’s in instrumentation and division of text: it’s a lively, attractive piece, trumpets ringing out boldly in the bright opening chorus. Two shorter Magnificats by Bach’s Dresden-based contemporary Zelenka represent a very different and highly individual approach, the C major’s tripartite structure creating an almost concerto-like framework for soprano soloist. Suzuki’s excellent, scrupulous performances should provoke greater interest in Kuhnau’s and Zelenka’s church music..." Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5) -- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine

Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan [2 CDs]

"Consistently engaging... Performances throughout are expressive, sharply focused, intensely committed. Though he dispenses with liturgical trappings, Suzuki, aided by a spacious ‘churchy’ acoustic, certainly brings out the ritualistic and devotional character of the music, from the ornate orchestral splendour of the ‘Sonata sopra Sancta Maria’ to the tender vocal passions of ‘Pulchra es’ and ‘Duo Seraphim’. Excellent." -- Graham Lock, BBC Music Magazine

Schütz: Geistliche Chormusik / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan [2 CDs]

"One of the most stunning aspects of this program is the presence of an incredible countertenor—evidently a real countertenor/tenor, not an alto/baritone. Yoshikazu Mera is 26 and about four and a half feet tall, but he sings like an angel. Since the motets are ensemble works, you have to wait until Auf dem Gebirge comes along near the end to hear him in duet with another countertenor (alto, it says here, incorrectly for Mera at least). His two solos in Die sieben Worte display his voice to even better effect, if "display" correctly describes such a modest, self-effacing talent... Highly recommended." -- J. F. Weber, Fanfare

Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

Ahle: Selected Vocal Music / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

"This truly international ensemble drawn from Japan, Germany and the USA discloses a Newly Planted Thuringian Pleasure Garden virtually unknown on disc... Ahle wrote as brilliantly as any Italian - the opening Missa brevis a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vocal and instrumental colours... [D]on't miss this revelatory disc. Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)" -- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine

Vivaldi: Concerti Per Flautino E Flauto Dolce / Laurin, Bach Collegium Japan

Handel: Messiah / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan [2 CDs]

"With forty or so complete recordings and countless discs of highlights, a Japanese performance of this most beloved of English choral works may seem an unlikely contender. Yet the Bach Collegium Japan has already established itself as one of the most interesting period ensembles specialising in Baroque music, and this account has much to recommend it, not least Suzuki’s obvious affection for the piece. The sound is warm and detailed, though occasionally the voices are swamped by the orchestra; tempi are thoughtfully judged and the fresh-voiced choir sings with remarkable clarity and impeccable diction. Suzuki has chosen two very young Japanese soloists for the soprano and countertenor parts, alongside two highly experienced English singers for the tenor and bass. Soprano Midori Suzuki has a light, boyish voice, not without imperfection but affectingly naive; countertenor Yoshikazu Mera has an innocent, tender alto range that belies a surprisingly powerful lower register; tenor John Elwes is agile, lyrical, perfectly focused; and David Thomas makes an imposing, if somewhat stentorian, bass. By pitting innocence against experience, Suzuki has achieved a particularly moving account." -- Kate Bolton, BBC Music Magazine

C. P. E. Bach: Cello Concertos / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
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Works on This Recording

1.
Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Yoshie Hida (Soprano), Stephan Macleod (Bass), Mutsumi Hatano (Soprano),
Yoshitaka Ogasawara (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Yosuke Tanigushi (Tenor),
Naoko Imai (Organ), Hidemi Suzuki (Violin), Midori Suzuki (Soprano),
Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino members
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 38 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Missa de capella a 6 "In illo tempore" by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano),
Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor), Stephan Macleod (Bass), Mutsumi Hatano (Alto),
Yoshitaka Ogasawara (Bass), Yuko Anazawa (Alto), Naoko Imai (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino members
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1610; Mantua, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 26 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11/SWV 369-397 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Language: German 
4.
Die sieben Worte unsers lieben Erlösers, SWV 478 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Language: German 
5.
Missa a 10 by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Herr, nun lässt Du Deinem Diener by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1658; Mühlhausen, Germany 
7.
Zwingt die Saiten in Cithara by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8.
Magnificat a 7 by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9.
Jesu dulcis memoria by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10.
Misericordias Domini by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
11.
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
12.
Magnificat a 8 by Johann Rudolf Ahle
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13.
Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Germany 
14.
Magnificat in C major by Johann Kuhnau
Performer:  Miah Persson (Soprano), Chiyuki Urano (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
15.
Magnificat in C major, ZWV 107 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor), Miah Persson (Soprano),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Bohemia 
16.
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor), Miah Persson (Soprano),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Bohemia 
17.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Miah Persson (Soprano), Chiyuki Urano (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Akira Tachikawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
18.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ryo Terakado (Violin), Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
19.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ryo Terakado (Violin), Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
20.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Natsumi Wakamatsu (Violin), Ryo Terakado (Violin)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
21.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ryo Terakado (Violin), Marcel Ponseele (Oboe), Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
22.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
23.
O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit, BWV 210 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Makoto Sakurada (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 35 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
24.
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Makoto Sakurada (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
25.
Messiah, HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), John Elwes (Spoken Vocals), Yoshikazu Mera (Alto),
John Elwes (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Shoin Women's University, Kobe, Japan 
Length: 141 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 

Featured Sound Samples

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 190: I. Chorus: "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied"
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80: I. Chorus: "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott"

Sound Samples

Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 11, SWV 369-397: Auf dem Gebirge hat ein Geschrei gehort, SWV 396
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108: I. Magnificat anima mea Dominum (Tutti)
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108: II. Suscepit Israel (Tutti)
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108: III. Amen (Tutti)
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
O holder Tag, erwunschte Zeit, BWV 210, "Wedding Cantata": Aria: Spielet, ihr beseelten Lieder (Soprano)
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, "Coffee Cantata": Aria: Madchen, die von harten Sinnen (Basso)
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, "Coffee Cantata": Aria: Heute noch, Lieber Vater, tut es doch! (Soprano)
Messiah, HWV 56: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)
Messiah, HWV 56: Aria and Chorus: O Thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto)

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