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Bach: Alto Arias / King, Norwegian Baroque Orchestra


Release Date: 03/04/2003 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 158   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine King
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Produced by Philip Hobbs
The tracks on this CD provide a fascinating collection of some of JS Bach's most beautiful works for alto. Two (Buss' und Reu and Erbarme Dich) are drawn from the St Matthew Passion; two others (Wo zwei und drei versammlet sind and Zum reinen Wasser) appear in Eastertide cantatas; and the Agnus Dei is from the B minor mass. Bach favoured the alto voice and reserved it for some of the most life-changing music he wrote. One theory is that his second wife Anna Magdalena was an alto and that he wrote this music with her voice in mind. Most recordings of Bach Alto arias are by males, therefore it is very interesting to hear this performance by Catherine King, as the female alto voice may be the inspiration for JS
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Tracklist
1 Ouverture 6:22
2 Buss' und Reu' (St Matthew Passion) 4:00
3 Rondeau 1:59
4 Wo zwei und drei versammlet sind (Cantata 42) 11:25
5 Sarabande 3:00
6 Agnus Dei (Mass in B Minor) 5:02
7 Bouree I & II 5:48
8 Zum Reinen Wasser er mich weist (Cantata 112) 3:35
9 Menuet 1:12
10 Erbarme Dich (St Matthew Passion) 6:18
11 Badinerie 1:43
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 10, Buss' und reu' by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine King (Alto)
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 47, Erbarme dich by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine King (Alto)
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42: no 3, Wo zwei und drei versammelt sind by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine King (Alto)
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
5. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine King (Alto)
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt, BWV 112: Zum reinen Wasser by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Catherine King (Alto)
Conductor:  Ketil Haugsand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 

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