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Bach: Easter Cantatas / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Koopman
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72231  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus MertensMichael ChanceCaroline StamBernhard Landauer,   ... 
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque OrchestraAmsterdam Baroque Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This setgives a full reproduction -with exception of the Passion - of the musical program Bach offered in 1724, starting from March 24 (Annunciation) until April 11 (Third Easterday). This was Bach's first year as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. The two CD's show us the master's very differentiated Cantata-style from his early years until after 1725. Examples of Later works are his Cantata BWV 6, a genuine work from his Leipzig-period and composed in 1725. Cantatas BWV 145 and 158 were written in the years after that. Ton Koopman and his choir are as differentiated in their performances as Bach in his composing: clear and bright in the chorales and in contrapuntal choirs really articulate and outstanding. But those are just a few superlatives Read more which can be used for an album such as this! Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen, BWV 145 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Himmelskönig sei willkommen, BWV 182 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, entweichet ihr Schmerzen, es lebet der Heiland, BWV 66 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
5. Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
6. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Weimar, Germany 
7. Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Klaus Mertens (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Caroline Stam (Soprano),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Guy De May (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 

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