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Helmuth Rilling - Personal Selection

Bach / Rilling / Bach-collegium Stuttgart
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachCésar FranckBenjamin BrittenFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Juliane BanseIngeborg DanzJames TaylorAndreas Schmidt,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach CollegiumGächinger Kantorei StuttgartAurelius Boys Choir of Calw,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On May 29th 2013, Helmuth Rilling, the founder and artistic director of the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, will celebrate his 80th Birthday! The spiritual father of the complete edition of the works of J. S. Bach on 172 CDs, a distinguished guest conductor, who has performed with leading orchestras world-wide, has put together for this occasion a special collection documenting his recorded legacy with hänssler CLASSIC over the past decades, featuring the recordings of his most admired and critically acclaimed works.

Ten CD's, focusing on central moments of Helmuth Rilling's artistic growth will be presented; many of these recordings have received international awards. They show the conductor
Read more not only for his profound understanding of J. S. Bach, but as equally familiar with masterpieces of later musical eras. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Juliane Banse (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), James Taylor (Tenor),
Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Matthias Goerne (Bass), Michael Schade (Tenor)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Van Geest Sound Studio, Heidelberg 
Length: 143 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, ist der Menschen Leben, BWV 26 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Adalbert Kraus (Tenor), Philippe Huttenlocher (Bass), Doris Soffel (Alto),
Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Mer Hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harro Bertz (Double Bass), Francis Goutou (Cello), Christine Schäfer (Soprano),
Boris Kleiner (Harpsichord), Thomas Quasthoff (Bass), Jan Karas (French Horn),
Jean-Claude Gérard (Flute)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Les béatitudes, M 53 by César Franck
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1879; France 
5.
War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Annette Dasch (Soprano), James Taylor (Tenor), Christian Gerhaher (Bass)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw,  Stuttgart Festival Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
6.
Mass in B flat major, H 22 no 14 "Harmoniemesse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra  ... 
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto), Christian Elsner (Tenor),
Franz-Joseph Selig (Bass)
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Latin 
8.
Song of Destiny, Op. 54 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1871; Austria 
Language: German 
9.
Songs (4) for Female Voices, 2 Horns and Harp, Op. 17 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Germany 
Language: German 
10.
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D 714b/Op. 167 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821 
11.
Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde, Op. 89 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Alto), Juliane Banse (Soprano), Carsten Süss (Tenor),
Stefan Müller-Ruppert (Bass), Christian Gerhaher (Bass), Stefan Müller-Ruppert ()
Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Venue:  Live  Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 69 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern (Evangelist) - Wen suchet ihr? (Evangelist, Jesus) - Jesum von Nazareth! (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: O grosse Lieb (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde - Strecke dein Schwert in die Scheide! (Evangelist, Jesus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Von den Strikken meiner Sunden (Alto)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls (Soprano)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Derselbige Junger war (Evangelist) - Bist du nicht dieses Menschen Junger einer? (Chorus) - Ich bin's nicht! - (Evangelist, Magd, Petrus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (Evangelist) - Ich bin nicht - Sahe ich dich (Evangelist, Petrus, Deiner) - Bist du nicht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn, wo willt du endlich hin (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Da fuhreten sie Jesum - Was bringet ihr - Redest du das (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus) - Ware dieser nicht ein (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Ach grosser Konig (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm - So bist du dennoch - Was is Wahrheit? (Evangelist, Jesus, Pilatus) - Nicht diesen (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rucken (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und die kriegsknechte flochten - Sehet, ich fuhre - Du hattest keine (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus) - Sei gegrubet (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber schrieen (Evangelist) - Sehet, das ist euer Konig! (Evangelist, Pilatus) - Lassest du diesen los (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (Bass) - Eilt - Wohin? (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn - Was ich geschrieden habe (Evangelist, Pilatus) - Schreibe nicht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber - Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen - Auf dass erfullet wurde die Schrift (Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und von Stund an - Mich durstet! (Evangelist, Jesus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Es ist vollbracht (Alto)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und neigte das Haupt und verschied (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Mein teurer Heiland (Bass) - Jesu, der du warest tot (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Arioso: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Zerfliesse, mein Herze (Soprano)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: O Mensch, bewein' dein Sunde gross (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Himmel reisse, Welt erbebe (Bass)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Zerschmettert mich, ihr Felsen und ihr Hugel (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Ach windet euch nicht so (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Christe, du Lamm Gottes (Chorus)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Indeed the best of the best June 18, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Conductor Helmuth Rilling has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the Hänssler Classic. To celebrate Rilling's 70th birthday, Hänssler released this 10-CD set, Rilling's hand-picked favorites from the over 240 recordings he's made with the label. With that much material to choose from, it's safe to say this set is indeed the best of the best. Rilling is perhaps best known for his traversal of Johann Sebastian Bach cantatas and oratorios. That cycle is well-represented in this collection. In addition to the St. John Passion and the "Peasant" Cantata, there are also some shorter works by Bach in the set. Rilling takes a straight-forward approach to Bach. He tends to keep things moving briskly along, with tight, clean ensembles that make the counterpoint easy to follow. Rilling lets the music speak for itself, and in these recordings, it has a lot to say. That same type of unadorned, no-nonsense direction is equally effective in Rilling's recording of the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten. The collection includes many works by romantic masters, and Rilling adjusts his style appropriately. César Frank's Les Béatitudes shimmers with a soft glow. Rilling lingers lovingly over each beautiful turn of phrase in Schubert's Gesang der Geister. His performance of Bruckner's Te Deum is emotive, with just the right amount of gravitas and portent. Also featured in the collection is Haydn's Harmoniemess in B-flat. Rilling's precise interpretation captures the classical era's ideal: the perfect balance between form and emotion. Mendelssohns' Heimkerh aus der Fremde is full of good humor. The work was written for private performance (to celebrate an anniversary), and Rilling maintains a light hearted and casual mood throughout this seldom-heard work. Hänssler's crystal-clear recording techniques perfectly match the style of this remarkable conductor. If you're not familiar with Helmuth Rilling, this collection is an excellent place to start. It spans a good portion of his time with Hänssler, and shows a remarkable consistency of quality throughout." Report Abuse
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