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J.s. Bach: Violin Concertos Bwv 1041-1043; Psalm 51 Bwv 1083

Bach.j.s. / Letzbor
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10277   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria under the direction of the violinist Gunar Letzbor have devoted this double CD to instrumental and vocal works by Johann Sebastian Bach with reissued recordings originating in 1995 and 1996. CD 1 focuses on the virtuoso potential of the violin featuring the two Violin Concertos BWV 1041 and BWV 1042 with Letzbor as soloist and the Double Violin concerto in which Daniel Sepec takes on the equal role of second soloist. These works are augmented by the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 BWV 1049 in which the concertino group includes not only solo violin but also two recorders which in this recording are performed with great virtuosity and sinuous tone by Kees Boeke and Michael Oman. Bach's arrangement of the Stabat Read more Mater by Pergolesi known as Psalm 51 "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden" BWV 1083 (CD 2) was only rediscovered during the last few years and is seldom performed. Bach replaced Pergolesi's text of the Stabat Mater with the Lutheran translation of Psalm 51 and undertook a number of alterations to both vocal and instrumental parts. Bach attached great importance to the exact musical illustration of individual words of the text, producing an orchestral score with greater complexity and more heightened contrasts than the original Pergolesi. The special feature of this recording is the assignment of the St. Florianer Sängerknaben, a boys' choir from which the excellent soloists have also been recruited. The CD is augmented by the Cantata "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen" BWV 182 in which the male vocal parts are sung by the Kepler Consort. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Eremo di Ronzano, Bologna (Italy) 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Eremo di Ronzano, Bologna (Italy) 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Eremo di Ronzano, Bologna (Italy) 
Length: 16 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1994 
Venue:  Eremo di Ronzano, Bologna (Italy) 
Length: 13 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1746; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Augustiner-Chorherrenstift, St. Florian 
Length: 40 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Himmelskönig sei willkommen, BWV 182 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Gunar Letzbor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Antiqua Austria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Augustiner-Chorherrenstift, St. Florian 
Length: 28 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: III. Presto
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Tilge Hochster, meine Sunden (Chorus)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Ist mein Herz, in Missetaten (Soprano)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Missetaten, die mich drukken (Soprano, Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Dich erzurnt mein Tun und Lassen (Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Wer wird seine Schuld verneinen (Soprano, Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Sieh, ich bin in Sund empfangen (Soprano)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Sieh, du willst die Wahrheit haben (Soprano)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Wasche mich doch rein von Sunden (Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Lass mich Freud und Womme spuren (Chorus)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Schaue nicht auf meine Sunden (Soprano, Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Offne Lippen, Mund und Seele (Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Denn du willst kein Opfer haben (Soprano, Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Lass dein Zion bluhend dauern (Soprano, Alto)
Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV 1083: Amen (Chorus)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Sonata
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Himmelskonig, sei willkommen (Chorus)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Recitative: Siehe, ich komme (Bass)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Aria: Starkes Lieben (Bass)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Aria: Leget euch dem Heiland unter (Alto)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Aria: Jesu, lass durch Wohl und Weh (Tenor)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: Chorale: Jesu, deine Passion (Chorus)
Himmelskonig, sei willkommen, BWV 182: So lasset uns gehen in Salem der Freuden (Chorus)

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