J.C. Bach: Welt, Gute Nacht / The English Baroque Soloists - Gardiner

> Herr, wende dich und sei mir gnadig - Herr, wende dich und sei mir gnadig
> Mit Weinen hebt sichs an - Mit Weinen hebt sichs an
> Wie bist du denn o Gott - Wie bist du denn o Gott
> Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt - Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt
> Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hatte (Lamento) - Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hatte
> Furchte dich nicht - Furchte dich nicht
> Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben - Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben
> Mein Freundin, du bist schon - Mein Freundin, du bist schon

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Herr, wende Dich und sei mir gnadig, vocal concerto
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Mit Weinen hebt sich an, aria, for 4 voices & continuo
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Wie bist du denn, O Gott, vocal concerto
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Der Gerechte, ob er gleich gu zeitlich stirbt, motet for 5 voices
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Furchte dich nicht, motet for 5 voices
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 457), BW
>Bach, Johann Christoph : Meine Freundin, du bist schon, vocal concerto, for 4 voices & instruments
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at Cadogan Hall in 2009, this CD features internationally acclaimed singers (Matthew Brook, Peter Harvey and Katherine Fuge) in this knock-out performance of Bach's Welt, gute Nacht. Evoking the dark theme of grief, the music on this album is dark, poignant, humane and witty. Bonus feature includes a 48 page booklet with original notes by Richard Campbell and texts in German, English and French.

"It's as elegantly poised as you'd expect from Gardiner, with the eight singers accompanied in sombre period arrangements by the English Baroque Soloists, in which the violas da gamba seem to weep." -The Independent

"His music has a less complex surface than the more familiar oeuvre of Johann Sebastian: it invites contemplation...With soloists of the calibre of Katherine Fuge and Peter Harvey, John Eliot Gardiner and his ensemble have uncovered a treasure trove. Their performances communicate not just skill, but delight in the world behind the music." -The Financial Times

"This older Bach’s spare textures and bold chromatic effects make him a highly individual voice in this penitential but deeply moving music. Peter Harvey’s bass and Claire Wilkinson’s mezzo shine out from this “choir” of soloists, but Gardiner is the driving force." -The Sunday Times

"This fascinating collection, based on a concert that John Eliot Gardiner conducted at Cadogan Hall, London, in 2009, covers a good range of Johann Christoph's surviving output. The two five-part motets are intense, slightly dour affairs...the two arias are also haunted by death, though, like most of the works here, the harmonic richness of the music makes them seem anything but lugubrious." -The Guardian

"CPE Bach called Christoph "the great and expressive composer", and here the marvellous Lament (the excellent Matthew Brook) and quirky Dialogue (with its endlessly varied Chaconne) amply bear this out in superb performances by Gardiner's consort. Christian's unusual Requiem is no less striking in its force, but more conventional in its language." -The Observer

"Any suspicion that Gardiner was trying to scrape the bottom of the barrel after the conclusion of his successful Bach cantata series has proved unjustified; this is a recording that succeeds on its own terms." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Herr, wende Dich und sei mir gnädig, vocal concerto
  • Performers: Nicholas Mulroy (Tenor); Clare Wilkinson (Mezzo Soprano); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Mit Weinen hebt sich an, aria, for 4 voices & continuo
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Wie bist du denn, O Gott, vocal concerto
  • Performer: Matthew Vocal] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Der Gerechte, ob er gleich gu zeitlich stirbt, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte
  • Performer: Clare Wilkinson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Fürchte dich nicht, motet for 5 voices
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben, sacred song for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch no 457), BW
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Christoph : Meine Freundin, du bist schön, vocal concerto, for 4 voices & instruments
  • Performers: Matthew Vocal] (Baritone); James Gilchrist (Tenor); Maya Homburger (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (2009-04-16&2009-04-17&2009-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto