Helmuth Rilling

Biography

Born: May 29, 1933; Germany  
Over his career, Helmuth Rilling has become one of the most respected choral conductors in the world. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Rilling grew up in a musical family; his father was an organist and choir conductor, while his mother played violin. He himself took up piano and organ as a child, showing a fine talent for each. He later studied at the Hochschule für Musik in his home city, becoming a distinguished Kantor in Kornwestheim and Read more Stuttgart; he received his music diploma in 1954.
Rilling had already started down the path to a long and fruitful career when he founded the Gächinger Kantorei in December 1953. Gächinger is a small town in southwest Germany, but Rilling's Kantorei were well enough supported by the locals that their reputation soon spread as leaders in the performance of unaccompanied choral repertoire. The Gachinger Kantorei's singers came, and still come, mostly from southwest Germany; the group's success is due both to the dedication of its members and the amazing pedagogical skills of its leader.
Eventually, Rilling founded the Stuttgart Bach-Collegium orchestra to accompany the Kantorei, and the synthesis was an immediate success. Rilling and his ensembles recorded all the major works of Bach: the Passions of St. John and St. Matthew, the B Minor Mass, and eventually the complete cantatas, a series which was finished in time for the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth in 1985. The Kantorei, under Rilling's direction, has also made extensive appearances with foreign orchestras, including one particularly memorable occasion in Israel in 1976. It was the first time German and Israeli musicians had performed together since World War II, and Rilling conducted the Kantorei in the Israeli national anthem as a further gesture of reconciliation.
Outreach through music was nothing new to Rilling; the Kantorei had undertaken a tour of East Germany almost immediately after its founding, and in general Rilling always tried to bridge the gap between East and West with music before the Iron Curtain lifted. He also conducted the premier performance of the Requiem for Reconciliation, which combined movements written for the occasion by composers from all the nations involved in World War II.
Even though his activites have been centered in Germany, Rilling's activities have taken him all over the world; he founded the Oregon Bach Festival in 1970, and he has instructed choral groups all over the world. Rilling gained prominence in an era when period practices were becoming dominant in Bach performance, yet Rilling has never used period instruments and has always used a good-sized choir for his performances. He feels that it is impossible to know exactly how Bach's music sounded in his time, not just to the musicians but to Bach's audience. While period practices have their place, Rilling feels, they should be used as a guide and not a doctrine. In performance, Rilling does not strive for a blend of choral tone, but a sound that is both controlled and full of character. Rilling's performances have become more and more deeply felt and subtle over the years. All of his performances are deeply felt, scrupulously detailed, and outstandingly sung. Read less
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  • 276.
    Bach: Sacred Cantatas II / Speiser, Prey
    Label: Intercord   Catalog: 830852 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Elisabeth Speiser
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Helbich,  Helmut Winschermann,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alsfeld Vocal Ensemble,  German Bach Soloists
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  • 277.
    Bach - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64051 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Igor Kipnis,  Nicholas Danby,  Alexander Schreiner,  Frank Asper  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eugene Ormandy,  Richard P. Condie,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Players,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir  ... 
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  • 278.
    Bruckner: Messe F-moll;  Puccini: Motteto / Rilling, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98983 Release Date: 01/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Verena Schweizer,  Elisabeth Glauser,  Uwe Heilmann
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 279.
    Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten / Helmuth Rilling, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98982 Release Date: 01/04/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Annegeer Stumphius,  Alexander Stevenson,  Wolfgang Schöne
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 280.
    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria, Beatus Vir / Rilling, Malgoire
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48280 Release Date: 02/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jocelyne Chamonin,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Mary Burgess,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy,  Raphael Passaquet Vocal Ensemble,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart  ... 
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    Bach: St Matthew Passion - Arias & Choruses / Rilling, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46544 Release Date: 08/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Julia Hamari,  Aldo Baldin,  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Rilling, Auger, Hamari, Kraus
    Label: Cbs Odyssey   Catalog: 45615 Release Date: 01/14/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Adalbert Kraus,  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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Biography

Born: May 29, 1933; Germany  
Over his career, Helmuth Rilling has become one of the most respected choral conductors in the world. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Rilling grew up in a musical family; his father was an organist and choir conductor, while his mother played violin. He himself took up piano and organ as a child, showing a fine talent for each. He later studied at the Hochschule für Musik in his home city, becoming a distinguished Kantor in Kornwestheim and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Kyrie: Kyrie eleison
Kyrie: Christe eleison
Kyrie: Kyrie eleison
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Gratias agimus
Gloria: Domine Deus
Gloria: Qui tollis
Gloria: Quoniam
Gloria: In gloria Dei Patris
Gloria: Amen
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et homo factus est
Credo: Crucifixus
Credo: Et resurrexit
Credo: Et ascendit
Credo: Credo in Spiritum Sanctum
Credo: Et vitam venturi saeculi
Sanctus: Sanctus
Sanctus: Pleni sunt coeli
Sanctus: Osanna in excelsis
Sanctus: Benedictus
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Introduction
Recitative: Jehovah, du mein Vater (Tenor)
Aria: Meine Seele ist erschuttert (Tenor)
Recitative: Erzittre, Erde! (Soprano)
Aria: Preist des Erlosers Gute (Soprano)
Chorus: O Heil euch, ihr Erlosten (Soprano)
Chorus: Doch weh! Die frech entehren (Soprano)
Recitative: Verkundet, Seraph, mir dein Mund (Tenor, Soprano)
Duet: So ruhe denn (Tenor, Soprano)
Recitative: Willkommen, Tod! (Tenor)
Chorus: Wir haben ihn gesehen
Recitative: Die mich zu fangen ausgezogen (Tenor)
Chorus: Hier ist er
Recitative: Nicht ungestraft (Bass, Tenor)
Trio: In meinen Adern wuhlen (Bass, Tenor, Soprano)
Chorus: Auf, ergreifet den Verrater! (Tenor)
Chorus: Welten singen Dank und Ehre
Chorus: Preiset ihn, ihr Engelchore
Kyrie
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi
Gloria: Domine Deus
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Gloria: Cum sancto spiritu
Credo
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus
Sanctus: Osanna
Sanctus: Benedictus
Sanctus: Osanna
Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Cum sancto
Osanna
Magnificat (Chorus)
Quia respexit (Soprano)
Quia fecit (Tenor)
Et misericordia eius (Chorus)
Fecit potentiam (Bass)
Deposuit potentes (Tenor, Alto)
Suscepit Israel (Alto)
Gloria (Chorus)
Sicut erat (Chorus)
Kyrie
Gloria
Overture
Accompanied Recitative: Trostet Zion! (Tenor)
Aria: Alle Tale macht hoch und erhaben (Tenor)
Denn die Herrlichkeit Gottes des Herrn (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: So spricht der Herr (Bass)
Aria: Doch wer mag ertragen den Tag seiner Ankunft (Bass)
Und er wird reinigen die Kinder Levi (Chorus)
Recitative: Denn sieh! Eine Jungfrau wird schwanger (Soprano)
Aria: O du, die Wonne verkundet in Zion (Soprano)
O du, die Wonne verkundet in Zion (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Blick auf! Nacht bedecket das Erdreich (Bass)
Aria: Das Volk, das im Dunkeln wandelt (Bass)
Solo Quartet and Chorus: Uns ist zum Heil ein Kind geboren (Quartet, Chorus)
Pastoral Symphony
Recitative: Es waren Hirten beisammen auf dem Felde
Accompanied Recitative: Und sieh! Der Engel des Herrn trat zu ihnen (Soprano)
Recitative: Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen (Soprano)
Accompanied Recitative: Und alsobald war da bei dem Engel (Soprano)
Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe! (Chorus)
Aria: Erwach' zu Liedern der Wonne (Soprano)
Recitative: Dann tut das Auge des Blinden sich auf (Soprano)
Aria: Er weidet seine Herde (Soprano)
Solo Quartet and Chorus: Sein Joch ist sanft
Kommt her und seht das Lamm! (Chorus)
Aria: Er ward verschmahet (Soprano)
Wahrlich, wahrlich! Er litt unsre Qual (Chorus)
Durch seine Wunden sind wir geheilet (Chorus)
Wie Schafe geh'n (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Und alle, die ihn seh'n (Soprano)
Er trauete Gott (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Die Schmach bricht ihm sein Herz (Soprano)
Aria: Schau hin und sieh! (Soprano)
Accompanied Recitative: Er ist dahin aus dem Lande der Lebenden (Soprano)
Aria: Doch du liessest ihn im Grabe nicht (Soprano)
Machet das Tor weit (Chorus)
Recitative: Zu welchen von den Engeln hat er je gesagt (Soprano)
Der Herr gab das Wort (Chorus)
Aria: Wie lieblich ist der Boten Schritt (Soprano)
Ihr Schall ging aus (Chorus)
Aria: Warum entbrennen die Heiden (Bass)
Brecht entzwei die Ketten alle (Chorus)
Recitative: Der da wohnet im Himmel (Tenor)
Aria: Du zerschlagst sie mit dem Eisenszepter (Tenor)
Halleluja (Chorus)
Aria: Ich weiss, dass mein Erloser lebet (Soprano)
Wie durch Einen der Tod (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Merkt auf! (Bass)
Aria: Sie schallt, die Posaun' (Bass)
Recitative: Dann wird erfullt (Bass)
Duet: O Tod, wo ist dein Pfeil (Soprano, Tenor)
Doch Dank sei Dir Gott (Chorus)
Accompanied Recitative: Wenn Gott ist fur uns (Soprano)
Wurdig ist das Lamm (Chorus)
Amen (Chorus)
Prologue
Scene 1: Les voix du ciel (The voice from heaven)
Scene 2: Le livre (The book)
Scene 3: Les voix de la terre (The voices of the earth)
Scene 4: Jeanne livree aux betes (Joan given up to the beasts)
Scene 5: Jeanne au poteau (Joan at the stake)
Scene 6: Les rois ou l'invention du jeu de cartes (The kings or the invention of the game of cards)
Scene 7: Catherine et Marguerite (Catherine and Margaret)
Scene 8: Le roi qui va-t-a rheims (The king set out for rheims)
Scene 9: L'epee de Jeanne (The sword of Joan)
Scene 10: Trimazo
Scene 11: Jeanne d'arc en flammes (The burning of Joan of arc)
Part I: Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels, lebet (Baritone)
Part I: Overture
Part I: Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! (Chorus) - Recitative: Die Tiefe ist versieget! (Chorus)
Part I: Duet: Herr, hore unser Gebet! (Soprano, Alto, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Tenor)
Part I: Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Tenor)
Part I: Aber der Herr sieht es nicht (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Elias, gehe weg von hinnen (Alto)
Part I: Double Quartet: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Chorus) - Recitative: Nun auch der Bach vertrocknet ist (Alto)
Part I: Recitative, Aria and Duet: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Soprano, Baritone)
Part I: Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: So wahr der Herr Zebaoth lebet (Baritone, Tenor, Chorus)
Part I: Baal, erhore uns! (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Rufet lauter (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Rufet lauter! Er hort euch nicht! (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Baritone)
Part I: Quartet: Wirf dein Anliegen auf den Herrn (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Part I: Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Baritone)
Part I: Arioso: Weh ihnen, dass sie von mir weichen! (Alto)
Part I: Recitative: Hilf deinem Volk, du Mann Gottes! (Tenor, Baritone, Soprano, Chorus)
Part I: Dank sei dir, Gott (Chorus)
Part II: Aria: Hore, Israel, hore des Herrn Stimme! (Soprano) - Recitative: So spricht der Herr (Soprano) - Aria: Ich bin euer Troster (Soprano)
Part II: Furchte dich nicht, spricht unser Gott (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Der Herr hat dich erhoben aus dem Volk (Baritone, Alto, Chorus)
Part II: Wehe ihm, er muss sterben! (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Du Mann Gottes (Tenor, Baritone)
Part II: Aria: Es ist genug! (Baritone)
Part II: Recitative: Siehe, er schlaft (Tenor)
Part II: Trio: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen
Part II: Siehe, der Huter Israels (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Stehe auf, Elias (Alto, Baritone)
Part II: Aria: Sei stille dem Herrn und warte auf ihn (Alto)
Part II: Wer bis ans Ende beharrt, der wird selig (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Herr, es wird Nacht um mich (Baritone, Soprano)
Part II: Der Herr ging voruber (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Seraphim standen uber ihm (Alto) - Quartet: Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Gehe wiederum hinab! (Baritone, Chorus)
Part II: Arioso: Ja, es sollen wohl Berge weichen (Baritone)
Part II: Und der Prophet Elias brach hervor wie ein Feuer (Chorus)
Part II: Aria: Dann werden die Gerechten leuchten (Tenor)
Part II: Recitative: Darum ward gesendet der Prophet Elias (Soprano)
Part II: Aber einer erwacht von Mitternacht (Chorus) - Quartet: Wohlan, alle die ihr durstig seid (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Part II: Quartet: Wohlan, alle die ihr durstig seid (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
I. Overture
II. Courante
III. Gavotte I-II
IV. Forlane
V. Menuet I-II
VI. Bourree I-II
VII. Passepied I-II
I. Ouverture
II. Rondeau
III. Sarabande
IV. Bourree I-II
V. Polonaise
VI. Menuet
VII. Badinerie
I. Ouverture
II. Air, "Air on a G String"
III. Gavotte I-II
IV. Bourree -
V. Gigue
I. Overture
II. Bourree I-II
III. Gavotte
IV. Menuet I-II
V. Rejouissance
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
IV. Menuet - Trio - Menuet - Polonaise - Menuet - Trio - Menuet
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Affettuoso
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non tanto
III. Allegro