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J.S. Bach: Magnificat / Cantata Bwv31 / Easter Oratorio Import


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  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich, Margarete Bence, Friederike Sailer, August Messthaler
  • Orchestra: Stuttgarter Bach-Orchester.
  • Conductor: Marcel Couraud
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence
  • ASIN: B004WZ7AAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2013
Three Bach sacred pieces recorded in Stuttgart in the late 1950's, now made available at bargain price by Eloquence!
In the past, people tend to think that this is 'provincial'. Nowadays, people tend to say that this is vintage. Surely, the artistry demonstrated in these performances fully qualify for the 'vintage' description. I have several versions of Bach's Magnificat, ranging from 1980's (Karajan) to late 20th century and 21st century 'period' performances.
I would only say that people are now making J.S. Bach sounding unlike J.S. Bach.
Here, we still get the authentic sacred vocal style of Bach (a style later well revived by the late Karl Richter, to be taken up by Peter Schreier).
Neither Richter nor Schreier had the luxury of casting a Fritz Wunderlich in tenor roles of these works, alas.
I do not consider Wunderlich a great lied singer, but his Mozart and his Bach I consider to be legendary.
Wunderlich's voice simply suits Bach's style to a 'T' - it is full, rounded yet supple, with the requisite 'ping' when called for. In short, it is fully melodious at the same time totally masculine. I totally abhor the sound of an Ian Bostridge in the Bach Magnificat, for though lyrical and supple, is entirely lacking in the requisite masculinity.
The Easter Oratorio is less well known than the Christmas Oratorio, and is a shorter piece. The arias for individual soloists are much longer and difficult to pull off. Needless to say, with the able soloists here, they became wonderful showcases of authentic Bach singing.
Never mind the mono sound, for it is clear and warm and never detracts from the superb performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anton Zimmerling VINE VOICE on January 10, 2014
These 1956 recordings made by the French conductor Marcel Couraud and `L'ensemble vocal et instrumental de Stuttgart' (=`Stuttgarter Bach-Chor und Orchester') for Philips / Les discophiles françaix are much loved by LP collectors, and Decca did a great job by reissuing them in the budget 'Eloquence' series.
For these sessions Couraud got great soloists, including an especially fine lyric tenor credited as 'Werner S.Braun'. Today it is believed to be a pseudonym of Fritz Wunderlich Fritz Wunderlich: Great German Tenor. Bass August Messthaler had a warm and secure voice which suited perfectly for the Bach cantatas.
The playing and singing are inspired and relaxed. What makes these performances special is that the conductor and his group obviously enjoy the scores and are not burdened by the thought that the composer was the same severe pietist character who used to remind us of inevitable death (BWV 106, BWV 56) expressed death longing (BWV 8, BWV 82, BWV 161), spoke of 'bitter tribulation' (BWV 146) and warned his sinful audience against buoyant holidays (BWV 122). By all fairness, the message of the works in this CD-set is different: BWV 31, Magnificat in D, BWV 243 and Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 are mostly sunny, radiant pieces expressing (and driving into) ecstasy.
From the three performances, Couraud's BWV 31 is an absolute hit: I have never heard a version which comformed better to the title programme 'The heavens laugh. The earth rejoyces.' Karl Ristenpart's early recording
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I adore Fritz Wunderlich's voice. It is so tragic that he died so young. But he is far more comfortable in German than in Latin. So I found his singing in Bach's Magnificat somewhat disappointing. His vowels are not quite right. The Cantata and Oratorio are much better. But because I bought the CD especially for the Magnificat, I was really disappointed.
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