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Jazz Sebastian Bach


Release Date: 04/24/2013 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 542552   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Swingle SingersPierre Michelot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Behold, out of nowhere and with no explanation, Universal/Philips has chosen to reissue the perennially favored (some would say cult favorite) Swingle Singers recordings (from 1963 and 1968) that originally appeared as Jazz Sébastien Bach, Volumes 1 & 2. Remastered with more clarity and slightly more punch than the LP and previous CD incarnations (these two albums are still available on a single-CD compilation), these discs are bound to brighten the spirits of many 50-year-old listeners who remember the time back in 1963 when as teenagers or young college students they first heard Alabaman Ward Swingle's amazing French vocal group and got forever hooked on both Bach and jazz. If you've never heard this eight-member virtuoso ensemble do its Read more jazz-inspired vocalizations of Bach's music--keyboard preludes, fugues, and partitas, and selections from concertos, orchestral suites, and cantatas--then you've certainly heard later, and invariably inferior, imitators. This is the real thing--and it's wonderful stuff. Yes, some will complain about the skimpy LP-era playing times of slightly more than 30 minutes for each disc, but, we do get the original packaging and liner notes--and after careful comparison, the sonic improvement is definitely noticeable if not substantial. I hope that this also means we will get a similarly remastered reissue of Anyone for Bach, Handel, Vivaldi?, which gets my vote for the best Swingle Singers recording of them all. Meanwhile, get these and start swinging! [Note: Vol. 2 is posted separately--find it by typing Q3217 in Search Reviews.][4/28/2001]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Swingle Singers (Drums), Pierre Michelot (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Overture by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 11 in F major, BWV 880 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807: Bourée(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 2 in C minor, BWV 871 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 9 in E major, BWV 878 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 9 in E major, BWV 878 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826: Sinfonia by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major, BWV 870 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Canon by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
12.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 

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