Karl Richter’s recordings of Bach’s orchestral and sacred music influenced an entire generation of musicians and listeners, presenting the conductor’s unique sound and style. When Richter recorded Bach’s works, he freed them from a ponderous tradition that had mired the music in romantic sounds and idiom. Richter lightened Bach’s music, and, with an orchestra of outstanding musicians, helped bring it toward the more modern interpretations that listeners have become familiar with today. This is still a bit far from the historically-informed performances that are pretty much the norm, but there is a unity and natural originality that comes through the music in these recordings.
The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of J. S. Bach as a reviewer in Intl Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career at the age of 12! playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. Suzuki has remained true to the organ throughout his life, and for BIS he has previously recorded Bach's German Organ Mass, as well as programs of Buxtehude and Sweelinck. He here appears on a disc combining some of Bach's best-loved works for the instrument, including the D minor Toccata and Fugue, the Partitas on O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767, the Canonic Variations, BWV769, and the celebrated Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV548.
The Ricercar Consort was founded in 1980 by harpsichordist and now director Philippe Pierlot. On this seasonal new release we are presented with three festive works by J S Bach (1650-1715), where an exuberant ensemble, with flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and voices, express the comfort and joy inspired by the Nativity. The cantatas in question are "Unser Mund Sei Voll Lachens" (BWV110), "Süsser Trost Mein Jesu Kommt"( BWV151) and "Christen, Atzet Diesen Tag" (BWV63). There are many different recordings of the Christmas Cantatas available and while I enjoyed this new one from France I am not convinced it is the definitive version although it is certainly most listenable. Bach's innate joie de vivre is never more clear than in his celebration of the Nativity. The melodies keep pouring from him and the instrumental accompaniment dances around the vocal lines like peasants dancing around a Christmas tree: joyfully unrestrained and unselfconscious. . (Steven Whitehead)
Le projet de Mélenchon pour l'élection présidentielle de 2017. Député européen (Front de Gauche), fondateur du Parti de Gauche et candidat du Front de gauche à la présidentielle en 2012.