Bach Passion

Mauricio Kagel: Sankt - Bach - Passion  Music

Posted by denegado at Jan. 27, 2010
Mauricio Kagel: Sankt - Bach - Passion

Mauricio Kagel 8: Sankt - Bach - Passion (Passion selon Saint Bach)
Avant-Garde | EAC RIP = APE + CUE + LOG | Cover | 2 CD / 450 MB |
Recording - 1985 / Released 1996

Kagel's conundrum is this: Saint Bach is either a unique musical phenomenon, perhaps the only instance of such divinely made (not just inspired) music, thus rendering him incomparable and even incommensurable to all other composers, or Bach's saintliness is a possibility that any composer might attain and thus "Saint Bach" is a representation of "the composer" him/herself in his/her fullest attainment. If this is the case, what other composers might Kagel also be a saint? Himself? As I said, Kagel confronts us with the most challenging epistemological conundrum any recent composer to my knowledge has laid down. And I suspect attentive listeners will be wrestling with his conundrum for generations to come, either infuriated by its seeming audacity, or humbled by its remarkable devotion. In any case, some of those infuriated and humbled listeners will return to Kagel's music with a culminating sense of marvel at its emotion and elegant design that will seem at times to be Bach's music itself wearing an astonishingly contemporary garb.
Anne Sofie Von Otter, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Roland Hermann, Peter Oggisch, Gerd Zacher, Stuttgart Sudfunkchor, Limburger Cathedral Boys Choir, Hamburg Radio Chorus, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mauricio Kage / Conductor
Wolfgang Gonnenwein, Consortium musicum, Suddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1989)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Consortium musicum, Süddeutscher Madrigalchor - Bach: Johannes-Passion (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 615 Mb | Total time: 64:04+65:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # CZS 7 62592 2 | Recorded: 1969

J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion, or St. John Passion, BWV 245 – one of just two surviving Bach Passion works out of an original four or five – is, simply put, a headache for editors and performers wishing to recreate the authentic, stamped-and-approved original work. There is no such beast: the work was performed at least four times during Bach's lifetime, and for each new presentation he overhauled the music, adding numbers, deleting numbers, changing numbers, so that today we really have four different St. John Passions through which to pick and choose our way. Happily enough, however, Bach misses the mark in not a single one of those numbers, and the director can hardly go wrong selecting from such a wealth of fine material. The St. John Passion was first heard on April 7, 1724 (Good Friday), and then reproduced for Leipzig churchgoers in 1725, sometime in the early 1730s (perhaps 1732), and then again in 1749. Perhaps in part because of its sometimes bewildering compositional history and the fact that its texts were not really conceived as a single entity (Bach seems to have arranged the texts himself from a number of disparate sources, and sometimes his efforts – which seem to have been hasty ones – are not altogether graceful), the St. John Passion has never been a sweepingly popular work like the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244. But it is a monumental work that must have made quite an impression indeed at its first performance, early on in Bach's tenure as Cantor of Leipzig.

James MacMillan, Peter Dicke - St. Luke Passion (2015)  Music

Posted by newskl at Oct. 1, 2015
James MacMillan, Peter Dicke - St. Luke Passion (2015)

James MacMillan, Peter Dicke - St. Luke Passion (2015)
Classical | MP3 320kbps CBR | 1 CD | 167 MB
Label: Challenge | Catalog Number: 72671 | 6th April 2015

Following the international success of his St John Passion of 2007, the St Luke Passion is the second work of this kind to be written by the leading Scottish composer James MacMillan. On this world premiere Hybrid-SACD recording the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Chamber Choir and the National Youth Choir are conducted by Markus Stenz.
Pandolfo, Hunninger - Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord, Arias (2010)

Pandolfo, Hunninger - Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord, Arias (2010)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 374 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 162 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog Number: 920411

Fifteen years after his recording of Bach’s three Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord (on hm, with Rinaldo Alessandrini), Paolo Pandolfo returns to this repertoire a new approach: the fruit of active and concentrated years of consideration, study and research into the inherent possibilities of his instrument. Given the basic differing natures of these two instruments, the performance of these works very often turns – in Pandolfo’s words – into a “musical argument”, rather than what is demanded by the music’s essential nature: a “musical conversation” in which the score achieves “transparency and eloquence”.
Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Cappella vocale Leverkusen - Homilius: Matthaus-Passion (1993)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Cappella vocale Leverkusen - Homilius: Matthäus-Passion (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 634 Mb | Total time: 74:23+56:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Berlin Classics | # BC 1046-2 | Recorded: 1992

Gottfried August Homilius, now considered the greatest cantor of Dresden's Kreuzchor, was, for a while a student of Johann Sebastian Bach. A composer of music for the church, and a great organist, he was described, in 1790, as 'one of the greatest and worthiest organists alive.'
While Homilius's name is found on only one score for this passion, stylistic criteria make it almost certain that he wrote this music. This St. Matthew Passion closely resembles Bach's passions - it contains choral movements, recitatives and arias with orchestral accompaniment, and tells the story of the Passion in the same way as was done in churches all over Germany in the 18th century. However, Homilius uses many more short sections with recitative (a total of 89 pieces altogether - most less than one minute long), but his arias are generally much longer than those in Bach's passions and cantatas.
Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - J.S. Bach: Köthener Trauermusik, BWV 244a (2014)

Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon - J.S. Bach: Köthener Trauermusik, BWV 244a (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:58 | 383 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC 902211

The Ensemble Pygmalion directed by Raphaël Pichon commences its collaboration with Harmonia Mundi with this new recording of J.S. Bach’s lost music to the Köthener Trauermusik (Cöthen funeral music), BWV 244a. Founded in 2006 at the European Bach Festival, Ensemble Pygmalion is a combination of choir and orchestra - all young performers with experience of authentic instruments and period-informed performance. Its repertoire concentrates primarily on Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

VA - The Reformation & J.S. Bach (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 5, 2018
VA - The Reformation & J.S. Bach (2018)

VA - The Reformation & J.S. Bach (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 331 MB
Label: Hungaroton | Tracks: 21 | Time: 72:53 min

We celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with the music of J. S. Bach. The Bachs were Lutherans for whom adherence to and sacrifice for the faith were important. The rhythm and activity of Bach s life and work was primarily determined by the liturgical year, so our selection from his works also follows this order: Advent Christmas Easter Pentecost The Feast of the Trinity.
Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort & Players - Bach: St. John Passion, Easter & Ascension Oratorios, Mass in B minor (2002)

Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort & Players - Bach: St. John Passion, Easter Oratorio, Ascension Oratorio, Mass in B minor (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,03 Gb | Total time: 33:54+75:28+65:56+50:39+52:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 62068 2 | Recorded: 1985, 1991, 1994

There are many, many good things about Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort and Players' Bach performances – their luminous colors, complete clarity, utter lucidity, and structural integrity – that there is an uneasy feeling in criticizing them for their occasional flaws. When Parrott's Bach is good, it is as great as any that has been recorded in the past 20 years. It's as great as Leonhardt's, Koopman's, or Herreweghe's, and far better than Gardiner's, Harnoncourt's, or Rilling's. And Parrott's Bach is so great in the great pieces – so great in the overwhelming dramatic intensity of the close of his Saint John Passion and so great in the mystery, agony, and ecstasy of the central choral triptych in his Mass in B minor – that his performances seem very, very great indeed.
(James Leonard)
Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir & Mainz Bach Orchestra - Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1749 Version) (2018)

Ralf Otto, Mainz Bach Choir & Mainz Bach Orchestra - Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1749 Version) (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 595 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 45 | Time: 131:33 min

Johann Sebastian Bachs St John Passion is, along with the St Matthew Passion, without doubt one of the most important works he ever composed. It established a new tradition for Good Friday vespers in Leipzig, and with sublime skill Bach managed to retain a spirit of church worship while creating an almost operatic narrative that movingly depicts Christs trial, death, and ultimate apotheosis. Bachs numerous revisions always demand a certain amount of scholarly decision-making, and this recording of the St John Passion uses the final 1749 version that not only draws on and reinforces the best of Bachs original concept, but incorporates the additional movements of the 1725 version.
Crouch End Festival Chorus, Bach Camerata & David Temple - J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (Sung in English) (2017)

Crouch End Festival Chorus, Bach Camerata & David Temple - J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (Sung in English) (2017)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 441 MB
Label: Chandos | Tracks: 68 | Time: 109:40 min

This will play on conventional CD players A landmark recording of J.S. Bach s St John Passion, sung in English the first for over forty-five years. With communicative zeal, beautiful articulation, and focused energy, the 100 voices of CEFC lend precision and power to the performance alongside the instruments of the Bach Camerata, one of the finest UK baroque orchestras, all under the inspired direction of David Temple. They are joined by a superb array of soloists including Robert Murray, Ashley Riches and Sophie Bevan.