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Bach: Cantatas / Andreas Scholl, countertenor

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata, BWV 150 "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 200, "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" BWV 200
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata, BWV 161 "Komm, du süße Todesstunde"
>Hoffmann, Melchior : Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, funeral cantata for voice, bells, strings & continuo (formerly BWV
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Notes & Reviews:

Andreas Scholl first sang the music of J.S. Bach as a boy chorister. Now the leading countertenor of our time, he returns to his musical roots with his own selection of arias from Bach's Cantatas - including one of the best-loved of all Bach's vocal works, "Ich habe genug".

"There are more excellent countertenors before the public today than ever before, but one of them stands out above all others as Caruso among tenors a century ago: Andreas Scholl" -Fanfare Magazine

"Mr. Scholl, the superb countertenor, has been singing Bach since he was a boy chorister in Germany. He wields his expressive voice, with its elegant vibrato and wide tonal palette, to beautiful effect here in five Bach cantatas, including a potent rendition of the favorite “Ich Habe Genug” (BWV 82). The Basel Chamber Orchestra, led by Julia Schröder, plays with crisp, soulful flair." -New York Times

Financial Times
Scholl imbibed Bach with his mother's milk, and here he distils the balm of two of the composer's most intimate, uplifting cantatas, "Ich habe genug" and "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben". Each underscores Scholl's stylistic naturalness and lyrical fluency, showcasing the heavenly sostenutos for which he is celebrated - but the disc's "fillers" are flimsy.

The Times
With probably the most beautiful countertenor sound in the world, Andreas Scholl always beguiles the ear. But I found this Bach selection almost soporific in places... Best of all is Schlage doch with, of all things, tinkling bells. But this cantata turns out to be by Georg Melchior Hoffmann, not Bach.

The Independent
Scholl's typically poised delivery eschew[s] the dramatic stridency to which some countertenors are prone.

The Telegraph
A coupling of two of Bach's best-loved solo cantatas... provides a showcase for Andreas Scholl's delicately refined artistry and ethereally beautiful voice. But his is a dreamily sensual and almost childlike interpretation, devoid of much in the way of spiritual urgency, and the tension slackens in the longer arias.

BBC Music Magazine
Scholl's highly distinctive voice, with its clarity, poise and quiet control, makes it an ideal vehicle for reflective Bach. The gentle rocking of 'Schlummert ein' (from BWV 82) would coax the most anxious 'weary eyes [to] sleep'... In the final, joyful anticipation of death, Scholl's lively facility is exhilarating.

Gramophone Magazine
Scholl's compassionate use of words and melodic sweetness in 'Schlummert ein' is the best recorded work he has produced for years.

The Observer
His relationship with the composer's music remains intense, alert and humble: he has spoken of his own sense of inadequacy in performing works he has known since childhood. Despite being a superstar, the German countertenor's integrity remains intact. His account of Cantata BWV 82, "Ich habe genug" is spellbinding in its expressive simplicity and daringly slow tempi.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace, France (01/2011); Les Dominicains de Haute-Alsace, France (01/2011); Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace, France (01/23/2011-01/28/2011); Les Dominicains de Haute-Alsace, France (01/23/2011-01/28/2011).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug" :: 1. Aria
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Basel Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug" :: 2. Recitativo
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug" :: 3. Aria
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug" :: 4. Recitativo
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata BWV 82 "Ich habe genug" :: 5. Aria
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 1. Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 2. Arioso
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 3. Aria
  • Performers: Michael Feyfar (Tenor); Raitis Grigalis (Baritone); Andreas Scholl (Countertenor); Junko Takamaya
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 4. Recitativo
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 5. Aria
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 6. Recitativo
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 169 "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben" BWV 169 :: 7. Choral
  • Performers: Michael Feyfar (Tenor); Raitis Grigalis (Baritone); Andreas Scholl (Countertenor); Junko Takamaya
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 10/20/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata, BWV 150 "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich" :: 1. Sinfonia
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1706

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 200, "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" BWV 200
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1742-1743

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata, BWV 161 "Komm, du süße Todesstunde" :: 4. Recitativo
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/06/1715

>Hoffmann, Melchior : Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, funeral cantata for voice, bells, strings & continuo (formerly BWV
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1716