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Bach: Epiphany Mass /Gabrieli Consort & Players * McCreesh [Import]

German liturgy Traditional , Johann Sebastian Bach , German chorale Traditional , Johann Pachelbel , Martin Luther , Johann Ludwig Krebs , Paul McCreesh , Gabrieli Consort & Players , James Johnstone , James O'Donnell , Ann Monoyios , Charles Daniels , Julian Podger , Matthias Fischer , Andreas Vogt Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Church Bells - Church BellsUnknown0:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV603 - Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV603James Johnstone 1:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puer Natus in Bethlehem (Benedictine Processional,14th C.) - Puer Natus in Bethlehem (Benedictine Processional,14th C.)Gabrieli Consort 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fantasia in E flat major - Fantasia in E flat majorJames Johnstone 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 1. Kyrie - 1. KyrieGabrieli Consort 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 2. Gloria in excelcis - 2. Gloria in excelcisGabrieli Consort 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 3. Domine Deus - 3. Domine DeusPeter Harvey 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 4. Qui tollis peccata - 4. Qui tollis peccataAnn Monoyios 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 5. Quoniam tu solus sanctus - 5. Quoniam tu solus sanctusAngus Davidson 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. 6. Cum sancto Spiritu - 6. Cum sancto SpirituGabrieli Consort 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Salutation and Response: "Dominus vobiscum - Deus illuminator" - Salutation and Response: "Dominus vobiscum - Deus illuminator"Gabrieli Consort 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Epistle: So schreibt der Prophet Jesaja - Epistle: So schreibt der Prophet JesajaMatthias Fischer 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV611 - Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV611James O'Donnell 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Gradual hymn: Was fürcht'st du, Feind Herodes, sehr - Gradual hymn: Was fürcht'st du, Feind Herodes, sehrJames Johnstone 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gospel: Der Herr sei mit euch - Da Jesus geboren war - Gospel: Der Herr sei mit euch - Da Jesus geboren warGabrieli Consort 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Toccata in B flat major - Toccata in B flat majorJames Johnstone 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. 1. Coro: Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen - 1. Coro: Sie werden aus Saba alle kommenGabrieli Consort 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. 2. Choral: Die Könige aus Saba kamen dar - 2. Choral: Die Könige aus Saba kamen darGabrieli Consort0:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. 3. Recitativo: Was dort Jesaias vorhergesehn - 3. Recitativo: Was dort Jesaias vorhergesehnPeter Harvey 1:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. 4. Aria: Gold und Ophir ist zu schlecht - 4. Aria: Gold und Ophir ist zu schlechtPeter Harvey 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. 5. Recitativo: Verschmähe nicht, du, meiner Seelen Licht - 5. Recitativo: Verschmähe nicht, du, meiner Seelen LichtCharles Daniels 1:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. 6. Aria: Nimm mich dir zu eigen hin - 6. Aria: Nimm mich dir zu eigen hinCharles Daniels 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. 7. Choral: Ei nun, mein Gott, so fall ich dir getrost - 7. Choral: Ei nun, mein Gott, so fall ich dir getrostGabrieli Consort 1:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Credal hymn: Wir glauben all an einen Gott - Credal hymn: Wir glauben all an einen GottGabrieli Players 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. Salutation: Gnade sei mit euch - Salutation: Gnade sei mit euchAndreas Vogt0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Der Tag ist so freudenreich, BWV 719 - Der Tag ist so freudenreich, BWV 719James O'Donnell 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Pulpit hymn: Ein Kindelein so löblich - Pulpit hymn: Ein Kindelein so löblichGabrieli Players 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Sermon: Lesung aus dem Heiligen Evangelisten Matthäo - Sermon: Lesung aus dem Heiligen Evangelisten MatthäoAndreas Vogt 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 - Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657James O'Donnell 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hymn of the day: Was soll ich liebstes Kind - Hymn of the day: Was soll ich liebstes KindJames Johnstone 6:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prelude in C, BWV 567 - Prelude in C, BWV 567James O'Donnell 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Preface for Epiphany - Preface for EpiphanyGabrieli Consort 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sanctus in D major, BWV 238 - Sanctus in D major, BWV 238Ann Monoyios 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Lord's Prayer: Vater unser / Unser Herr Jesus Christ - The Lord's Prayer: Vater unser / Unser Herr Jesus ChristJulian Podger 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 - Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654James Johnstone 7:58Album Only
listen  8. 1. Chorus: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele - 1. Chorus: Schmücke dich, o liebe SeeleAnn Monoyios 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 2. Aria: Ermuntre dich, dein Heiland klopft - 2. Aria: Ermuntre dich, dein Heiland klopftCharles Daniels 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. 3. Recitative and Chorale:Wie teuer sind des heiligen Mahles Gaben - 3. Recitative and Chorale:Wie teuer sind des heiligen Mahles GabenAnn Monoyios 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. 4. Recitative: Mein Herz fühlt in sich Furcht und Freude - 4. Recitative: Mein Herz fühlt in sich Furcht und FreudeAngus Davidson 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. 5. Aria: Lebens Sonne, Licht der Sinnen - 5. Aria: Lebens Sonne, Licht der SinnenAnn Monoyios 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. 6. Recitative: Herr, laß an mir dein treues Lieben - 6. Recitative: Herr, laß an mir dein treues LiebenPeter Harvey0:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. 7. Chorale: Jesu, wahres Brot des Lebens - 7. Chorale: Jesu, wahres Brot des LebensGabrieli Consort 1:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BWV 734 - Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BWV 734James O'Donnell 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Hymn: Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein - Hymn: Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'meinPaul McCreesh 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV619 - Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV619James O'Donnell0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Hymn: Christe, du Lamm Gottes - Hymn: Christe, du Lamm GottesPaul McCreesh 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Response: Gott sei uns gnädig BWV 323 - Response: Gott sei uns gnädig BWV 323Gabrieli Consort 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 738 - Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 738James Johnstone 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt (Kölner Gesangbuch 1625) - Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt (Kölner Gesangbuch 1625)Paul McCreesh10:49Album Only
listen22. Fantasia in G, BWV 572 - Fantasia in G, BWV 572James O'Donnell 8:22Album Only


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Product Details

  • Performer: Gabrieli Consort & Players, James Johnstone, James O'Donnell, Ann Monoyios, Charles Daniels, et al.
  • Conductor: Paul McCreesh
  • Composer: German liturgy Traditional, Johann Sebastian Bach, German chorale Traditional, Johann Pachelbel, Martin Luther, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 4, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000JPC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It seems obvious that Bach's sacred music and organ works were written for church services, yet we listen to them almost exclusively as disembodied concert pieces. Luckily, Paul McCreesh makes a specialty of remedying this; here, for the first time on any commercial recording, he's placed Bach's music into the order of service (in this case, for the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day) from Bach's own church in Leipzig. For that reason alone, this is an important release; as usual with these performers, it's thrilling music-making as well. McCreesh uses very small forces in the vocal works--usually one singer per part and never more than two--yet the performance never feels underpowered. Quite the contrary: the opening chorus of cantata no. 180, for example, gets a good-humored, jaunty swing; the Kyrie of the Missa builds from gentle grace into magnificence, while the Gloria sounds deliriously joyful (with ferocious horn playing). What's more, listeners familiar with these works may hear a lot of instrumental detail that's usually obscured by a larger choir. The singers acquit themselves well in the "choruses"; while countertenor Angus Davidson doesn't sound quite up to the breathless "Quoniam" in the Missa, the other soloists are very good indeed, particularly the nimble tenor Charles Daniels. It's a pleasure to hear Bach's organ music brought together with his cantatas, and the two organists even improvise (as Bach did) brief flourishes between each line of the hymns. Which brings us to the performance's one flaw: the congregational hymn-singing, so exciting on this group's Praetorius recording, can get a bit tedious here. Don't let that put you off, though (CD players have "skip" buttons, after all)--even by McCreesh's formidable standards, this is one fabulous record. --Matthew Westphal

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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable December 25, 1999
By "hcf"
Format:Audio CD
Paul McCreesh is a master of reconstruction: he takes discrete, sometimes well-familiar, pieces and places them in the context of church liturgy. This endeavor requires formidable research, both into the performing practices of the period from which the music came, and into the devotional practices that coexisted with the music. McCreesh' reconstructions of Venetian services, masses by Praetorius and Morales, and now this Epiphany mass have been praised by critics of all hues, including those who are generally suspicious of the period performance scholarship. This uniform acceptance speaks volumes for the merits of McCreesh' approach to musical reconstructions. As a backbone for the Epiphany service on these two discs, McCreesh uses the vocal music from Missa Brevis in F major and cantatas "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen" and "Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele," as well as the organ music from Toccata in B flat minor and preludes from several cantatas. These pieces are interpolated with congregational singing of hymns, recitations of prayers, and even a sermon chanted in German at the end of the first disc! If you don't want to feel like you're attending a church service every time you pick up this set, you can skip the devotional interpolations. You will still get more than enough for your money. Both discs are filled to the brink: CD1 is 80 min., CD2 is 79:59 min.! This release features a celebrated organist James O'Donnell and a number of world-class singers such as Charles Daniels, Ann Monoyos and Peter Harvey. As the editorial review mentions, the choral forces are very lean and elegant. The music really breathes under their light touch. Especially thrilling are the two sections sung one-voice-per-part: Sanctus in D major from BWV 238 and the opening chorus from BWV 180. gkolomietz@yahoo.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Epiphany Mass March 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I read the review of this 2 CD work in the New York Times, and thought my husband might appreciate it. He thought he died and went to heaven when he heard it. Even though the litergy of the mass is in German, he faithfully followed the chanting on the CD with the German words in the pamphlet provided (my husband does not speak German). Except for the Bible readings in German, all the music is in Latin as in Bach's time. Even I, with no Catholic tradition, truly appreciate listening to the lovely hymns; and I do not find the German Bible readings disconcerting because they are done in chanting with hymns interspersed. A true masterpiece!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of McCreesh's best May 23, 2012
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This is another of Paul McCreesh's excellent reconstructions of a service "as it might have been celebrated" at the time - in this case for Epiphany in Bach's church, the Tomaskirche in Leipzig around 1740. Here he combines one of Bach's Lutheran masses (BWV 233, in F) and two cantatas, BWV 65 and BWV 180 and various hymns, organ pieces, bells and other components of a service for Epiphany.

The mass and cantatas are wonderful works and, as always from McCreesh, beautifully performed by a fabulous cast of singers and instrumentalists. The sound and setting of Bach's music is wonderful, the scholarship and musicianship which have gone into this recording are evident in every bar and Bach's fabulous music really shines on this disc. I have to say, though, that as an entire experience I don't like it as much as some of McCreesh's other reconstructions (like the magnificent Venetian Easter Mass for example Venetian Easter Mass /Gabrieli Consort · McCreesh). This may be a personal thing, but I find the lengthy organ interludes and congregational hymn-singing a little tedious and I tend to skip them to get to the Bach. As I have versions which I like very much of the mass (by Cantus Colln Bach - Missae Breves) and the cantatas (in the John Eliot Gardiner series) I tend not to play these discs nearly as much as them, nor as much as my other McCreesh discs.

I don't want to sound too critical. This is a very fine set with some terrific music and music-making on it, but for me it doesn't quite work as an entire experience.
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