The Bach Collection / Christophers, The Sixteen

Release Date: 9/8/2009
Label: Coro
Catalog Number: COR16072
Number of Discs: 5

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Three of The Sixteen's celebrated Bach recordings in one stylish boxed set. Weihnachts Oratorium (COR16017) - The Christmas Oratorio is one of Bach's greatest masterpieces and this recording is one of The Sixteen's finest. Mark Padmore is one of today's greatest 'Evangelist's', and this recording shows him at his very best. Cantatas 34, 50, 147 (COR16039) - During his years as Leipzig's Director Musices, Bach supplied at least three complete annual cycles of Cantatas for the church year. The rich variety of his writing for solo voices and orchestra along with thrilling choral textures is well represented in the three cantatas on this disc. Mass in B minor (COR16044) - Bach's Mass in B minor displays all the ingredients that contribute to his supreme ranking amongst his peers of any age, and also demonstrates the breadth of compositional skills amassed during his lifetime. It demands choral singing of blistering athleticism but also sensitive, responsive and, at times, majestic orchestral playing coupled with virtuosic obligato. "All hail the über-choir" The Independent
Works on This Recording
1. Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Libby Crabtree (Soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Michael George (Bass), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Lynda Russell (Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
2. Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Michael George (Bass), Catherine Dubosc (Soprano), Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-49 ; Leipzig, Germany
3. Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, BWV 50 [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Michael George (Bass), Ian Partridge (Tenor), David James (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1723 ; ?Leipzig, Germany
4. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Michael George (Bass), Ian Partridge (Tenor), Gillian Fisher (Soprano), David James (Countertenor)
Written: 1723 ;
5. O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: after 1740 ; Leipzig, Germany
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