Bach: Sacred Choral Music - The Passions; B Minor Mass; Easter Oratorio; Christmas Oratorio

Notes & Reviews:

This set brings together the five large scale choral works which marked Bach as one of the greatest creative geniuses of mankind: Matthäus and Johannes Passion, B Minor Mass, Weihnachtsoratorium and the Easter Oratorio. These essential choral works, firmly rooted in the cultural canon of western civilization, are performed with great frequency, and never cease to amaze, impress and give immense pleasure and inspiration. Performances of the highest artistic and technical standard include world famous choirs such as the King's College Choir Cambridge, the Coro della Radio Svizzera, and conductors Stephen Cleobury and Diego Fasolis.


Works:

Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Performer: Michael George (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Michael Chance (Counter Tenor), David Thomas (Bass)
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort, Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany

Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Stephen Richardson (Bass), Catherine Bott (Soprano),
Michael Chance (Alto), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass)
Conductor: Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort, Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany

Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Performer: Roberta Invernizzi (Soprano), Gloria Banditelli (Mezzo Soprano), Lynne Dawson (Soprano),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Klaus Mertens (Bass)
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-49; Leipzig, Germany

Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor: Rolf Schweizer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, Pforzheim Motet Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: 1732-1735; Leipzig, Germany

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach

Performer: Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Klaus Mertens (Bass), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Conductor: Diego Fasolis
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Barocchisti
Period: Baroque
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany
Date of Recording: 12/2002
Length: 135 Minutes 26 Secs.





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