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J.S. Bach: Easter Oratorio / Hannah Morrison, Meg Bragle, Nicholas Mulroy, Peter Harvey. John Eliot Gardiner

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Performances feature soloists Hannah Morrison (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass). Packaged in casebook packaging this release contains a 28 page booklet with notes by John Eliot Gardiner and texts in German, English and French.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
For all the Pascal jubilation of the Oratorio, it's the simple, unaffected solace of the Actus Tragicus, however, that steals the show...Gardiner slims down his forces from the 23 voices of the Oratorio down to a dozen. His tempos are beautifully interrelated so that everything leads to (and from) the central pause that consigns the mystery of death to utter silence.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
[In Actus Tragicus] Gardiner toys delectably with Bach's meticulously textured dissonances...The Easter Oratorio could not provide a greater contrast...There is the customary razzle and dazzle from the virtuoso Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists...Gardiner is clearly convinced of its merits and therefore you'll find no greater advocate.

MusicWeb International, 11th April 2014
What an exuberant, rich and dancing paean of praise and thanksgiving this is in the hands of Gardiner and his musicians...This is an outstanding addition to Gardiner's Bach discography.

The Telegraph, 24th April 2014
Gardiner has a judicious sense of the pulse of this music, and his singers and instrumentalists draw their colouring, phrasing and textural inflections from the music's natural contours and expressive implications.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1707-1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 :: "Kommt, eilet und laufet"), BWV 249 (BC D8)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London (06/24/2013-06/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743-1746