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Lambarena: Bach to Africa - An Homage to Albert Schweitzer


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  • Conductor: Tomas Gubitsch
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Hughes de Courson, Pierre Akendengue
  • Audio CD (October 24, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000002A94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jesus bleibet meine Freude
2. Sankanda
3. Mayingo
4. Herr, unser Herrscher
5. Mabo Maboe
6. Bombe
7. Pepa Nzac Gnon Ma
8. Mamoudo Na Sakka Baya Boudouma Ngombi
9. Agnus Dei
10. Ikoukou
11. Inongo
12. Okoukoue
13. Lhr Lieblishste Blicke, ihr freudige Stunden
14. Jesus bleibet meine Freude

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on November 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Electrifying...first let me say that this is among the 10 top CD's in my
entire music collection. Let me explain what this music is NOT. It is not a group of African singers and musicians performing Bach. No, instead it is the response of African musicians listening to the music of Bach and talking back in their own tonal language. First we hear melodies of Bach - tame and civilized - played on the traditional instruments, perhaps organ or piano or violin. On hearing Bach, the Africans join in and respond with their own raw, primeval, earth-centered music. Think of a bird which changes its song and rhythm in response to a classical flute melody and you get the idea. A treat not to be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I saw the ballet Lambarena with San Francisco Ballet, including Evelyn Cisneros who created the lead role and is the role. I was so amazed, so moved by both the music and the dancing I went to see the ballet again 2 days later. Have been waiting for the music ever since, and here at Amazon have finally found it. The integration of the music is just wonderful - you really feel as if the two music types were mean to be as one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Those eager to hear something really unusual might want to check out this CD, a homage to Albert Schweitzer that combines the music of Gabon, Africa, with that of Bach. Schweitzer worked in a hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, and, as you may know, was a Bach scholar and organist. While, the concept sounds almost as bad as Roy Orbison tunes performed in traditional Celtic style (there really is such a CD), surprisingly it's wonderful music. The disc's best pieces combine excerpts from Bach's St. John Passion with Gabonese percussion and chants. It's truly amazing how well such disparate music blends. The track "Sankanda" which features incredible vocals by a Gabonese woman combined with a chorus singing a slowed down and rhythmic version of "Lasset uns nicht zerteilen" is simply stunning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EAWK on August 4, 2002
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This CD is a marvelous marriage of two widely varying styles of music--it's extremely successful at shaping the moments of transition between the Bach and the African music as well as overlaying the two. Having been raised with a little bit of both of these cultures, the African and the European, I am delighted to find this very classy musical synthesis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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This CD is truly the best of all possible worlds for Bach and for the African rhythms it contains. Classical music enthusiasts will be fascinated by the way in which the traditional music informs and illuminates the Bach. Lovers of world music will appreciate the complexity with with the artists engaged the classical without surrendering the African beat. Amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2002
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"I'm in love". A beautiful intertwining of earthy African music and classic Bach creating rhythmical compositions. A winner for those who enjoy both sounds but possibly an acquired taste.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wilma_gab on October 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is like a communion between western music ( Bach) and African music ( gabonese traditional songs)... For instance, SANKANDA makes you want to stand up and dance even if you have no clue of what you are supposed to do! :)
i wish more people would know about this CD which is one of the best of the 20th century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
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I am a dance student and we are dancing to this music for our upcoming performance. This is an incredible CD! The music has given me much inspiration to dance. I would definatly recommend this CD it's a nice relief from the traditional.
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