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The Swingle Singers - Bach Hits Back ~ A Capella Amadeus

Johann Sebastian Bach , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , The Swingle Singers Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Ein feste Burg, BVW 302The Swingle Singers/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Organ Fugue from Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 542The Swingle Singers 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prelude XVIII From Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Bwv 887The Swingle Singers/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chorale (No.4) from Wachet auf! (Sleepers, wake!) BWV140The Swingle Singers/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chorale from Wachet auf! BWV140The Swingle Singers/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Jonathan Rathbone/Andrew Busher 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731The Swingle Singers/Linda Stevens/Heather Cairncross/Ben Parry/David Porter Thomas/Helen Massey/Deryn Edwards/Andrew Busher/Jonathan Rathbone 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. In dulci jubilo: Chorale preludeThe Swingle Singers 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. In dulci jubilo: ChoraleThe Swingle Singers 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Andante from Sonata No. 2 for violin, BWV 1003The Swingle Singers 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. First movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048The Swingle Singers 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze) from BWV208The Swingle Singers 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Badinerie from Suite No. 2, BWV 1067The Swingle Singers 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fugue VIII From Das Wohltemperirte Clavier, Bwv 877The Swingle Singers 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Three-part invention, BWV 782The Swingle Singers 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Et resurrexit from Mass in B minor, BWV 232The Swingle Singers 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bist du bei mir (from the notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach) not arr. ConnahThe Swingle Singers 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Blute Nur from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244The Swingle Singers 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Organ Fugue Alla Gigue, BWV 577The Swingle Singers 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Air from Suite No. 3 (Air on a G String), BWV 1068The Swingle Singers 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Little Organ Fugue, BWV 578The Swingle Singers 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Es ist genug from Cantata No. 60, BWV 60The Swingle Singers 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. The Magic Flute - OvertureThe Swingle Singers 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: I. Molto allegroThe Swingle Singers 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: II. AndanteThe Swingle Singers 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: III. Menuetto & TrioThe Swingle Singers 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: IV. Allegro assaiThe Swingle Singers 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ave verum corpus K618The Swingle Singers 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet No. 14 in G K387 - IV. Molto allegroThe Swingle Singers 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cosě fan tutte K588, Act 1, Scene 3: Aria: Un'aura amorosa (Ferrando)The Swingle Singers 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Serenade in G 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525 - IV. Rondo (Allegro)The Swingle Singers 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat K495 - III. Rondo (Allegro vivace)The Swingle Singers 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Deh vieni alla finestra (Serenade) from Don GiovanniThe Swingle Singers 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Soave sia il vento (Trio) from Cosě fan tutteThe Swingle Singers 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gigue in G K574The Swingle Singers 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C 'Elvira Madigan' K467 - II. AndanteThe Swingle Singers 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Requiem in D minor K626: Hostias -The Swingle Singers 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Requiem in D minor K626: Quam olim AbrahaeThe Swingle Singers 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rondo alla turca from Piano Sonata No. 11 in A K331The Swingle Singers 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Fantasia in F minor and majorThe Swingle Singers 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Swingle Singers
  • Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00000632P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Swingle Singers still have it! June 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Those who remember and enjoyed the Swingle Singers' "do-be-do" take on Bach from years back will enjoy this updated version. Some of the old favorites are here, with a slightly freer approach, along with some new material from both Bach and Mozart. It isn't just scat singing, either. The Singers demonstrate that they can sing the texts of pieces quite well. If you didn't grow up with them, give it a try--it's a great light approach to classical music!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning, often very beautiful April 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I challenge anyone to listen to the song "Un Aura amorosa" and not be moved. It's absolutely gorgeous.
The Swingle Singers, once again, enchant with their crisp, clear and unaffected voices. No obnoxiously showy vibrato here, but rather blissful blending.
Some of the songs on these albums may seem a bit silly, but they're offset by the wonderful and often intricate harmonies.
Buy this CD-pack!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous works. October 7, 2002
By Betty
Format:Audio CD
I was a conductor of Choir, and sometinmes I taught my students many things about a capella. To do so, I had to check many a capella teams' works(especially their CD recordings.) Except some fully-classical-oriented a cappella teams, I concluded that technique of Swingle singers is the best. I know kings singers, the real group, and some other teams are also very nice. However, when we consider the technical difficulties of the works, generally, I can tell you, with my confidence, Swingle singers is the best team I know.
This recording contains two CDs. One is Bach Hits Back, and another is A capella Amadeus. Each sells at more than $$$ each, I know. In this aspect, this recording is very cheap, 'Two for One' price.
The best work I choose is 'Little organ fugue' in Bach Hits Back. You can find the utmost of houman voice in that song. It is almost impossible to make ensemble like that with the speed and the complexity of the fugue. You will love these works, but If you want more popular a capella songs, please check out swingle singer's jazz works, or kings singers' or the real group's popular albumes. However, I suggest you listening these works. You can get the highest reach of art with human voices.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I prefer the Swingles when they DON'T sing April 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
OK, I hoped you'd be intrigued by the title and would read this review to find out more.

This twofer collates two CDs of the Swingle Singers published by Virgin in 1991 ("A Cappella Amadeus - A Mozart Celebration") and 1994 ("Bach Hits Back"). In fact, there is a minor mistery about the latter. Apparently 16 tracks out of the disc's 21 were published earlier, in 1990, on a seemingly self-produced CD, The Bach Album, totalling 41 minutes (if you look carefully at the cover photo of that disc you'll see that there are two tracks 8, corresponding to tracks 7 and 8 of the present CD, "In Dulci Jubilo"). Why the remaining tracks (namely tracks 5, 11, 12, 19 and 20) were not published back then but only in the 1994 Virgin reissue, I don't know. Also, the copyright of 1990 featured on that earlier disc doesn't quite stick with the recording date of V.1991 indicated on this Virgin twofer. So the mystery remains, and I'm not going to buy the earlier disc just to try and solve it.

I've reviewed a lot of recordings by the Swingle Singers lately, both the early ones from the Paris-based group in the 1960s and early 1970s (see my reviews of Jazz Sebastian Bach, Anyone For Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi?, Swingling Telemann,
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical or Jazz - it's tasty stuff January 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Felix Mendelssohn said that the music of JS Bach could makes Christianity understandable to anyone. Ward Swingle makes JS Bach understandable to anyone. Regardless of one's taste, it is elevated by this collection. This is captivating, wonderful, fun music. It's perfect to play for your "...no, I don't like classical music" friends. It's like playing the Tocatta and Fugue in Dm and having people say "Hey, that's the music from Rollerball!". If you want a sample of the Swingle Singers or even just some enjoyable music, this is a great buy at this price! Plus they throw in some of Mozart's most beautiful music on this set. If you haven't figured it out, I heartily recommend it.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully relaxing September 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the album while in a music store; I began to feel an instant hapiness invading the place, filling the air; you're going to love it; I really think it's worth having one and getting the second one for a very special gift. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Swingle Singers Half Treasure - March 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you love Bach and are a fan of the Swingle Singers, buy this CD. Fans of the Swingle Singers enjoy them for what they do to music - release it with air and bounce - and their style is perfectly suited for Bach. I couldn't enjoy it more. But the second Cd in this set is their treatment of Mozart, and, for me, it's inconsistent. This is due to the different styles of the two composers and I just think they match up better with Bach. But at this price, I shouldn't be complaining. The first CD alone is worth twice as much. Snatch it up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing!
Published 19 days ago by sara posthuma
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music! Gets stuck in my head
Beautiful music! Gets stuck in my head. :)
Published 26 days ago by Jean Krewson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOve 'em
I had the original back in the 60's, but long sine lost- their sound is cool. I enjoy the acapella pieces- even when I can't soell them.
Published 15 months ago by charles clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingles Swing Again!
Combine the Swingle singers with almost any classical work and you'll be in for a great experience.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dana
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good compilation
Hearing the Swingle Singers from various eras sing is probably what I liked best about this CD. I enjoy Bach much more than Mozart, but hearing them vocalize some of his... Read more
Published 22 months ago by hellacia
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
This Audio CD is barely adequate. These people are DEFINITELY NOT the Grammy-winning Swingle Singers of the 1960's!!! What a disappointment! BRING BACK THE ORIGINALS!
Published on June 15, 2012 by bikinimao
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach and Mozart unleashed...
The music of Bach and Mozart sounds surprisingly like Jazz when given the Swingle treatment, and yet it is exactly as written. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Patrick G Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars a delight
It's generally on my iPod and never fails to bring a smile to my face when I put it in my ears at work. Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by MARK MCCORMICK KIRBY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, but a note of caution
I really like The Swingle Singers, but I will leave for others to speak to the musicianship. This offering is great in that you get two discs for one very low price. Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by Wally
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value for such high quality recordings!!!!
This is an amazing value for 2 cds of phenomenal a cappella group The Swingle Singers. I bought the same cds from virgin Records in 2000 but I ended up giving it to a friend as a... Read more
Published on October 20, 2008 by NYCTgirl
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