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Bach: Easter Oratorio / Schweizer, Motettenchor Pforzheim


Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94350  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Rolf Schweizer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber OrchestraPforzheim Motet Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is well known that Bach was a keen recycler – always borrowing old musical ideas and refashioning them for different expressive purposes.The Oster Oratorium is no exception in that its origins can be traced back to a secular cantata written in 1725 to celebrate the birthday of Duke Christian of Saxony-Weissenfels. Little over a month later the cantata was performed again, this time with an amended text and new recitatives to suit the celebration of Easter Sunday, but it was not until 1735 that the composer, having made further alterations to the work’s structure and scoring, chose to give it the revised title ‘oratorio’.

Consisting of eleven numbers, the work begins with two purely instrumental movements taken from an
Read more earlier concerto. The third, a duet that was later transformed into a chorus and which may have originally been the concluding allegro of the same concerto, is succeeded by a selection of different suite-based dance forms. Richly orchestrated and complete with trumpets and drums, this uplifting work – the first of three oratorios by Bach – is superbly performed by the Motettenchor and Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester of Pforzheim, under the direction of Rolf Schweizer.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Booklet notes and complete sung texts.
• Part of the Musica Sacra series. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Rolf Schweizer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Pforzheim Motet Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732-1735; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Sinfonia
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Adagio
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Kommt, eilet und laufet (Chorus)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: O kalter Manner Sinn! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Aria: Seele, deine Spezereien (Soprano)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: Hier ist die Gruft (Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Aria: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (Tenor)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: Indessen seufzen wir (Soprano, Alto)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Aria: Saget, saget mit geschwinde (Soprano, Alto)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: Wir sind erfreut (Bass)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Preis und Dank (Chorus)
Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Chorale: Es hat mit uns nun keinen Not (Chorus)

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