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Bach: Sinfonias / Dantone, Accademia Bizantina


Release Date: 11/01/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001613002  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Accademia Bizantina are firmly established among the best period performance ensembles of our time, with their director, Ottavio Dantone, in demand in the opera house and concert hall alike. He directs Accademia Bizantina in a special collection of instrumental music from Bach's Cantatas.

For their latest recording, they explore the wealth of fine instrumental music in Bach's glorious Cantatas with a personal selection by Dantone.

A thoroughly enjoyable collection of Sinfonias, Sonatas and Concerti from Bach’s Cantatas – all given the unique flavor of Accademia Bizantina’s characterful period style.

"This is a wonderful recital, carefully chosen and assembled, and beautifully played… there
Read more are movements highlighting the group’s fine oboists, bassoonists, violinists, trumpeters and, slightly less impressively, horn players. Their style is brisk and energised in the faster music and deeply expressive and spacious in the slower.” – The Sunday Times (London)

“Although it might seem a strange idea to make a CD of the orchestral introductions to Bach’s cantatas, there is sufficient variety of mood – from celebratory to contemplative – to make the programme work as a sequence...the where-have-I-heard-that-before element is part of the disc’s attraction, and the superb Accademia Bizantina makes the music live and breathe.” – The Daily Telegraph (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen, BWV 146: Sinfonia in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12: no 1, Sinfonia in F minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn, BWV 152: no 1, Sinfonia in E minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 12/30/1714 
4.
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: no 1, Sinfonia in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1709; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte, BWV 174: Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21: no 1, Sinfonia in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
8.
Himmelskönig sei willkommen, BWV 182: Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
9.
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Gleich wie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt, BWV 18: no 1, Sinfonia by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1714 
11.
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: no 1, Sinfonia in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Falsche Welt, dir trau' ich nicht, BWV 52: no 1, Sinfonia in F major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Die Elenden sollen essen, dass sie satt werden, BWV 75: Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
14.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31: no 1, Sonata in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
15.
Der Herr denket an uns, BWV 196: no 1, Sinfonia in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707-1708 
16.
Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42: no 1, Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
17.
Uns ist ein Kind geboren, BWV 142: Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 
18.
Wir danken dir, Gott, BWV 29: no 1, Sinfonia in D major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Bizantina
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Cantata No.29, BWV29 - "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir": Sinfonia
Cantata No.150, BWV150 - "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich": Sinfonia
Cantata No.42, BWV42 "Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats": Sinfonia
Cantata No.35, BWV35 - "Geist und Seele wird verwirret": Sinfonia
Cantata No.156, BWV156 - "Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe": Sinfonia
Cantata No.35, BWV35 - "Geist und Seele wird verwirret": Sinfonia
Cantata No.196, BWV196 - "Der Herr denket an uns": Sinfonia
Cantata No.31, BWV31 - "Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret": Sonata
Cantata No.152, BWV152 - "Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn": Concerto
Cantata No.169, BWV169 - "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben": Sinfonia
Cantata No.12, BWV12 - "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen": Sinfonia
Cantata No.52, BWV52 - "Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht!": Sinfonia
Cantata No.142, BWV142 - "Uns ist ein Kind Geoboren": Concerto
Cantata No.146, BWV146 - "Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen": Sinfonia
Cantata No.182, BWV182 - "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen": Sinfonia
Cantata No.174, BWV174 - "Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte": Concerto
Cantata No.21, BWV21 - "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis": Sinfonia
Cantata No.18, BWV18 - "Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt": Sinfonia
Cantata No.75, BWV75 - "Die Elenden sollen essen": Sinfonia

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Simply awful August 20, 2014 By Stephen Whitney (Kensington, CA) See All My Reviews "These performances are an aberrant version of the historically informed, period instrument style. String tone is ugly, fast tempos are too fast, phrasing is clipped, held notes are played with a sickly swell, sudden attacks are thrown in, and more. These performances are not musically informed! The players and conductor seem unable to hear the music itself, to play it the way the music itself wants to be played. We don't really know how Bach would have played this music, but he left music that itself gives the clues to successful performance, given only that the musicians can sense it. These performances remind me of Eurotrash productions of operas: they use the notes in the score as pretext for self-indulgent performances that are all about the whims of the performers or director, and ignore anything the composer might have intended to convey. Some historically informed performers produce very musical results, but not these people." Report Abuse
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