Geistliche Kantaten

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig - Bach: Geistliche Kantaten (11CD) (2008)

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum - Bach: Geistliche Kantaten (11CD) (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,03 Gb | Total time: 10h 55min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # 0184212BC | Recorded: 1975-1984

These performances are not, to be sure, historically informed, nor are they fashionably chamber-like. The Thomanerchor is traditionally large (and all male), and it is accompanied in four of the 11 discs by the Gewandhaus Orchestra and in the remaining seven by the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum. The roster of the latter is not listed, but, like the Gewandhaus Orchestra, its players use modern instruments and are not adverse to vibrato. On the other hand, Rotzsch does avoid, for the most part, languid tempos and extravagant gestures. The young men of the Thomanerchor are well trained and attentive and make, collectively, a joyfully controlled noise. The orchestral players and instrumental soloists, too, are beyond reproach. Similarly, Rotzsch’s soloists are top-drawer. Among the latter, Arleen Augér, Otrun Wenkel, Peter Schreier, and Hermann Christian Polster make the most frequent appearances, but the others, including the likes of Regina Werner, Doris Soffel, Theo Adam, and Siegfried Lorenz, are splendid as well. Rotzsch, himself, sings on two of the discs (he is a tenor).
–George Chien
Leo van Doeselaar, Alex Potter & il Gardellino - Bach: Cantatas, BWV 35 & 169 (2023)

Leo van Doeselaar, Alex Potter & il Gardellino - Bach: Cantatas, BWV 35 & 169 (2023)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 67:12 | 154 / 306 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Passacaille

Alex Potter und Il Gardellino präsentieren zwei geistliche Kantaten von Bach aus dem Jahr 1726: Geist und Seele wird verwirret BWV 35 und Gott soll allein mein Herze haben BWV 169. In diesen beiden Werken werden die durchaus weltlichen Ursprünge der Gattung deutlich. Die ausdrucksstarken Rezitative und die virtuosen Arien zeugen eher vom Einfluss der italienischen Oper als von Bachs lutherischen Wurzeln. Darüber hinaus spielt die konzertante Instrumentalmusik in diesen Kantaten, denen eigenständige Einleitungssinfonien mit obligater Orgel vorangehen, eine prominente Rolle.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Edition [56CDs] (2019)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at June 21, 2024
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Edition [56CDs] (2019)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Edition [56CDs] (2019)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 13,34 Gb | Total time: 56:54:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hänssler Classic | # HC19058

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was born in Hamburg in 1809 and died in Leipzig at the age of 38. He was very early musically gifted. Mendelssohn performed in public at the age of 9 and composed already from the age of 11. As a pupil of Friedrich Zelter, who was a friend of Goethe, Mendelssohn composed at the age of 17 his first masterpiece: the Overture to the Midsummer Night's Dream. This is included in the extensive CD box as well as a large number of other known or less known pieces by him. The String Quartet in F Minor Op. 80 - written in memory of his beloved sister Fanny - which was recorded in this collection by the Aurora String Quartet is undoubtedly one of his most beautiful works. The Gächinger Kantorei with Helmuth Rilling, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, the Bartholdy Piano Quartet, the Heidelberger Sinfoniker with Thomas Fey, Ana-Marija Markovina and other renowned interpreters and orchestras can also be heard.