J.S. BACH: Easter Oratorio / Ascension Oratorio

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1 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Sinfonia 4:25 $1.49 Buy
2 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Adagio 3:44 $1.49 Buy
3 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Kommt, eilet und laufet (Chorus) 5:15 $1.49 Buy
4 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Recitative: O kalter Manner Sinn! (Soprano, Alto, 1:13 $1.49 Buy
5 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Aria: Seele, deine Spezereien (Soprano) 11:44 44.1/16 Album only
6 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Recitative: Hier ist die Gruft (Alto, Tenor, Bass 0:58 $1.49 Buy
7 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Aria: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (Tenor) 6:33 $1.49 Buy
8 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Recitative: Indessen seufzen wir (Soprano, Alto) 1:11 $1.49 Buy
9 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Aria: Saget, saget mit geschwinde (Alto) 6:11 $1.49 Buy
10 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Recitative: Wir sind erfreut (Bass) 0:51 $1.49 Buy
11 Easter Oratorio: Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249: Preis und Dank (Chorus) 2:48 $1.49 Buy
12 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Chorus) 4:55 $1.49 Buy
13 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hande 0:46 $1.49 Buy
14 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied s 1:18 $1.49 Buy
15 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Aria: Ach bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben 7:30 44.1/16 Album only
16 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Und ward aufgehaben zusehends 0:44 $1.49 Buy
17 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Chorale: Nun lieget alles unter dir (Choru 1:26 $1.49 Buy
18 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Und da sie ihm nachsahen (Teno 2:28 $1.49 Buy
19 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Aria: Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke (Soprano) 6:43 $1.49 Buy
20 Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Chorale: Wenn soll es doch geschehen (Chor 4:52 $1.49 Buy

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Hard on the heels of Volume 29 in the Bach Cantata series and their recording of the Orchestral Suites comes this new disc from Bach Collegium Japan. Genre-wise the present two works balance between oratorios and cantatas. Though their format is not far removed from that of the longer cantatas, some differences are obvious: for instance, in its earliest version the soloists in the Easter Oratorio were assigned roles (such as Mary Magdalene and Peter), while the Ascension Oratorio features an Evangelist, filling the same function as in the more monumental Passions. Both works - like the Christmas Oratorio - are, at least in part, so-called parodies: reworkings of secular occasional pieces as sacred compositions by adapting their texts. Such origins may to some extent explain the festive note of these two celebrations of the resurrection of Christ, and his ascension to heaven. The opening instrumental movement of the Easter Oratorio, which uses the theme from 'Erschallet, ihr Lieder' of Cantata BWV 172, resounds with jubilant trumpets and timpani, and the Ascension Oratorio begins with a chorus in which choir and orchestra "praise God in His kingdoms" with the splendour worthy of a great prince. Recent reviews have described Bach Collegium Japan's offerings as 'Bach to an unbelievable perfection' (the Suites) and 'musical beyond belief' (Volume 29), and here is more from the seemingly indefatigable Masaaki Suzuki. On the present disc, Cantata cycle veterans Yukari Nonoshita and Chiyuki Urano are joined by Jan Kobow, whose participation on Volume 22 (BIS-CD-1322) received much praise, and counter-tenor Patrick van Goethem, making his BIS début.

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"The performance is full of life, full of Baroque spirit while being strict to the letter of authentic practice. The horns have just the right amount of grit, the strings just bouncy enough. Balances side to side and front to back are perfect. Balance between instruments, chorus and soloists is perfect. The soloists are exceptional, ... So, I've sold you on three recordings of this work which as a collector you must have; but if you buy only one recording, buy the Suzuki." - Musicweb.uk.net 03/2006