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J.C. Bach: Gloria / Kuijken, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Les Agremens


Release Date: 01/26/2018 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 128  
Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Valerie GabailStephan MacLeodLluis VilamajóBarbara Holzl
Conductor:  Wieland Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber ChoirLes Agrémens
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The majority of the sacred music of Johann Christian Bach, the youngest of the sons of J.S. Bach, was written during the time that he was organist of Milan Cathedral. This album includes first recordings of three sections of the Mass, one of these being a large-scale setting of the Gloria in which the music for the solo voices attains an almost operatic quality. The orchestral writing is also particularly brilliant and has already a classical sonority as well as passages in true concertante style. Four soloists perform here, alongside the Choeur de Chambre de Namur and Les Agremens, Les Agremens, founded in 1995 in Belgium, was created by the Namur Chamber Choir to provide them with the support of a reliable, competent partner for their own Read more Baroque music productions. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gloria in excelsis in G major, T 204/1 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Valerie Gabail (Soprano), Stephan MacLeod (Bass), Lluis Vilamajó (Tenor),
Barbara Holzl (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Wieland Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Classical 
2.
Kyrie in D major, T 204/8 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Valerie Gabail (Soprano), Lluis Vilamajó (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wieland Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Classical 
3.
Credo in C major, T 202/3 by Johann Christian Bach
Conductor:  Wieland Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Namur Chamber Choir,  Les Agrémens
Period: Classical 

Customer Reviews

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 Compelling performances June 25, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Les Agremens instrumental ensemble performs with a clean transparent sound of the Italian style. And they also perform with the excitement and energy of the Mannheim School. It's a blend that works and works well. The soloists also serve the music well. I particularly liked the sound of alto Barbara Holzl's voice. It always seemed to be right in the pocket. And her blend with tenor Lluis Vilamajo was especially satisfying. That's not to slight soprano Valerie Gabail and bass Stephan MacLeod. Regardless of how Bach combined these solo voices, they blended well. Johann Christian Bach is primarily remembered for his instrumental compositions. Perhaps these works will help revive the reputation of the Milan Bach." Report Abuse
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