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Bach Easter & Ascension Oratorios [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Retrospect Ensemble , Johann Sebastian Bach , Matthew Halls , Carolyn Sampson (soprano) , Iestyn Davies (countertenor) , James Gilchrist (tenor) , Peter Harvey (bass) Audio CD
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listen  1. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": SinfoniaCarolyn Sampson 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": AdagioCarolyn Sampson 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Kommt, eilet und laufet (Chorus)Carolyn Sampson 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: O kalter Manner Sinn! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)Carolyn Sampson0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Aria: Seele, deine Spezereien (Soprano)Carolyn Sampson10:49Album Only
listen  6. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: Hier ist die Gruft (Alto, Tenor, Bass)Carolyn Sampson0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Aria: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (Tenor)Carolyn Sampson 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: Indessen seufzen wir (Soprano, Alto)Carolyn Sampson0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Aria: Saget, saget mit geschwinde (Soprano, Alto)Carolyn Sampson 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Recitative: Wir sind erfreut (Bass)Carolyn Sampson0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Kommt, eilet und laufet, BWV 249, "Easter Oratorio": Preis und Dank (Chorus)Carolyn Sampson 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Chorus)Carolyn Sampson 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hande auf (Tenor)Carolyn Sampson0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied schon so nah? (Bass)Carolyn Sampson 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Aria: Ach bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben (Alto)Carolyn Sampson 8:12Album Only
listen16. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Und ward aufgehoben zusehends (Tenor)Carolyn Sampson0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Nun lieget alles unter dir (Chorus)Carolyn Sampson 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Und da sie ihm nachsahen (Tenor, Bass, Alto)Carolyn Sampson0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Recitative: Ach ha! so kmme bald zuruck (Alto)Carolyn Sampson0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Sie aber beteten ihn an (Tenor)Carolyn Sampson0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Aria: Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke (Soprano)Carolyn Sampson 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Ascension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11: Wenn soll es doch geschehen (Chorus)Carolyn Sampson 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass)
  • Orchestra: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Conductor: Matthew Halls
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (April 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B004FVHO86
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In its 'first large-scale performance' in its association with Linn Records, the Retrospect Ensemble, its company of soloists and conductor Matthew Halls, can boast renditions of Bach's Easter and Ascension oratorios as fine as - or better than - any in the catalog. With their well-chosen soloists (not a weak link among them!), expert, energetic ensemble singing, and vibrant instrumental work, enlivened by Halls' buoyant rhythmic sense and ideally-judged tempos these performances leave no moment for you to relax your attention; indeed, for me at least, even after a half-dozen hearings they retain the freshness of the first one, and part of this is owing to the recording's very appealing ambience, extraordinary clarity and balance, and natural presence.

The more poignant sections--and there are a couple of Bach's most affecting examples, exhibited in the gorgeous arias for tenor in the Easter and for alto in the Ascension--are accompanied with thoughtful care and sung as well as we could hope for, by James Gilchrist in the former and Iestyn Davies in the latter. Likewise, the opening orchestral sinfonia of the Easter Oratorio and the closing Chorale of the Ascension (with its dancing Handelian string figures) are captivating expressions of some of Bach's most joyful music, highlighted by exemplary instrumental ensemble playing. An excellent essay by Nia Lewis, discussing the issue of parody and Bach's practice relative to these oratorios, and, most fascinating, Bach's application of musical-rhetorical figures throughout the two works, is a delightful bonus. Highly recommended!
--ClassicsToday.com

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BACH:EASTER AND ASCENSION ORATORIOS

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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Stars August 12, 2012
By Arnaldo
Format:Audio CD
I'll open this review by stating that if I could I'd give this Linn SACD not 5 but 10 stars. The problem though when reviewing such a disc is where to begin - with the riveting performance or the beautifully captured recording. It's hard to decide when all factors conspire together to elevate Bach's Easter and Ascension Oratorios to the same level of recognition of their more famous cousin, the Christmas Oratorio. But starting on the musical side, what we have here is the work of a superb group, led by the brisk tempos of conductor Matthew Halls, but perfectly executed by the incredible musicians of the Retrospect Ensemble.

Interestingly, according to Linn's website, the Retrospect adopts a changing configuration for each project, ranging from a small chamber ensemble to full orchestra with choir. And at least in this current formation, the articulation and precision of the instrumentalists is simply stunning, while the choir has that rare ability to suddenly come out in bursts but still remain incredibly coherent. To top it off, we get a quartet of vocal soloists of the highest caliber, including the angelically pure voices of soprano Carolyn Sampson and countertenor Iestyn Davies.

If I had had to pick a key word for this performance it would be energetic, which seems to have been contagious to all those present at the recording sessions. Specifically, the audio engineers must have been infected pretty badly with this energy bug, for what they have achieved here is - sorry for the audio jargon - of demonstration quality. The recording is spacious yet with a precise placement of soloists, orchestra and choir.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AHHHH QUE MA JOIE DEMEURE ! ! ! April 25, 2011
By PVP
Format:Audio CD
L'Oratorio de Pâques est l'oeuvre chorale de Bach peut-être la plus "facile" à mémoriser. Tous les airs sont très mélodieux et d'écoute immédiate : Ahhhhh le "Saget, saget mir geschwinde" ! ! ! Frisonnant ! ! !

Je ne jurais jusqu'à présent que par la version de Philippe Herreweghe chez Harmonia Mundi - ASIN : B00000079U pour sa luminosité et l'ardeur d'une direction ferme et festive.

Je ne change pas d'avis mais dois bien admettre que cette version est tout aussi bouleversante par sa sincérité et l'énergie jubilatoire de l'orchestre. Carolyn Sampson est rayonnante comme toujours dans ce répertoire.

Enfin l'enregistrement en SACD et super CD favorise une lecture très dynamique qui convient parfaitement à l'oeuvre ; qualités qui donnent soudainement un coup de vieux à la version Herreweghe. Il faut croire aux miracles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Bach August 18, 2014
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I think this is a quite exceptionally good disc of two of Bach's great choral works. The two oratorios here are on a very grand scale by comparison with most of Bach's cantatas, and the performances make them something very special indeed.

The music itself is glorious: Bach included plenty of brass and percussion which gives these works immense power and richness, but also structures them beautifully so that there is plenty of quieter spiritual reflection too. The combination is quite wonderful, and the Retrospect Ensemble and cast of soloists perform it superbly.

Both the orchestra and chorus are relatively large, but there is none of the ponderous, over-reverential and frankly turgid feel of some older large-scale recordings. The entire ensemble is nimble and light-footed throughout while still having plenty of power and spiritual depth where needed. Bach's essential pulse never gets lost, and some of the instrumental playing, notably in the trumpets, is quite brilliant.

The soloists are simply brilliant. They are four of our finest singers in this repertoire and every one of them excels, so that the arias and recitative shine with depth and beauty. Just as one example, I find James Gilchrist's singing of Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer simply spellbinding here, and the same can be said of other arias from all the soloists. It's fantastic stuff throughout.

Linn make their usual beautiful job of the recording, the disc is very nicely presented and it's an all-round gem, in my view. There are an awful lot of recordings of Bach's choral music; this is among the very best. Highly recommended.
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