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Bach: Magnificat, Cantatas / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent


Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 5908360   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter KooyBarbara SchlickGérard LesneHoward Crook,   ... 
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale ParisCollegium Vocale
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"It is...a fine pairing of two of Bach’s more extroverted works, in which Herreweghe delves beneath the masculine surface of the Magnificat to find its more tender interior and boldly explores Bach’s expansion of Luther’s great Reformation hymn, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. For whatever reason, Cantata 80 seems to have lost a degree of popularity lately, and it’s good to hear it again, complete with W. F. Bach’s interpolated trumpets. I was not particularly enamored of the contributions of the soprano soloists on my first hearing, but they prove, in retrospect, to be more than adequate. Obviously, Harmonia Mundi has a great deal of faith in this recording, with good reason." -- George Chien, FANFARE [reviewing BWV 243 & 80] Read more

"The reason to buy this set is for the Magnificat, the original but rarely recorded E-flat version from 1723, which certainly gets its most exciting and likely most enduring performance on disc, an agreeable combination of first-rate soloists, matchless choral singing, and unassailable playing from Philippe Herreweghe's period-instrument band... [Y]ou're treated to bracing but not rushed tempos, infectiously energetic and technically solid contributions from the chorus, and an intelligently paced flow from movement to movement that once again shows Herreweghe's complete command of this repertoire... No matter how you cut it, this is a treasurable collection, and no Bach fan should be without this Magnificat--it's that good." --David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com [11/8/2003, reviewing BWV 243a]

"...Philippe Herreweghe’s latest set of Bach cantatas is also highly commendable. The three works here explore different attitudes to death, a topic that inspired some of Bach’s loveliest music – such as BWV 8’s opening movement, sumptuously done by Collegium Vocale, and the alto aria ‘Ich will auch’, movingly sung by Ingeborg Danz. Herreweghe, like [Masaaki] Suzuki, remains sensitive both to the music’s beauty and to its deeper, spiritual intent. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)" -- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing BWV 8, 125, & 138]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Gérard Lesne (Countertenor),
Howard Crook (Tenor), Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Gérard Lesne (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano),
Howard Crook (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Liebster Gott, wenn werd' ich sterben?, BWV 8 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Deborah York (Soprano),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Deborah York (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 22 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz?, BWV 138 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Deborah York (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Ingeborg Danz (Alto),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Haarlem, Netherlands 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Magnificat in E flat major, BWV 243a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Sebastian Noack (Bass)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  The Arsenal, Metz, France 
Length: 34 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Masterful. September 21, 2012 By John W. (WOORI YALLOCK, VIC) See All My Reviews "This combination have also recorded the B Minor Mass, Motets and St. Matthew Passion most beautifully. They also succeed here, with excellent soloists and supporting chorus. The sound of the orchestra playing on period instruments is haunting. A minor comment is that in some of the Cantatas I would personally prefer a faster pace, but this doesn't detract from a wonderful disc." Report Abuse
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