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Bach: St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass In B Minor, Easter & Christmas Oratorios / Cleobury, Fasolis, Schweizer

Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94382  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael GeorgeMartyn HillEmma KirkbyRogers Covey-Crump,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen CleoburyDiego FasolisRolf Schweizer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg ConsortCambridge King's College ChoirItalian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Spanning 10CDs and providing hours of pleasurable listening, this fantastic compila- tion brings together five of J. S. Bach’s most monumental sacred choral works.

The box set begins with the St Matthew and St John Passions – works that narrate the story of the Crucifixion according to the Gospels and which, due to their enormous scale and quasi-operatic structure, must have struck listeners as extremely novel in their time. Moving on, we encounter the Mass in B minor, Bach’s grandiose setting of the Roman liturgy, and this is followed by the Easter Oratorio – a celebratory, largely contemplative work in tone that, complete with festive scoring, narrates the story of the Resurrection. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio completes the
Read more line-up; the second of the three oratorios he composed, it’s an extensive piece divided into six parts, which documents the whole period of festivities from Jesus’ birth right through to Epiphany.

Detailing a huge variety of instrumentation, matchless invention and many vigorous affirmations of Christian faith, this compi- lation brims with dramatic energy and depth of expression. From intimate solo passages to the full forces of chorus and orchestra, all of the works are admirably performed on the release, making it an essential buy for the Bach connoisseur.

• Five of J. S. Bach’s most famous and monu- mental sacred choral works.
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Works on This Recording

Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael George (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Michael Chance (Counter Tenor), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Stephen Richardson (Bass), Catherine Bott (Soprano),
Michael Chance (Alto), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano), Gloria Banditelli (Mezzo Soprano), Lynne Dawson (Soprano),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany 
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 
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Klaus Mertens (Bass), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Length: 135 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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