martedì 16 ottobre 2007

J.S.Bach - Actus Tragicus

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When Joshua Rifkin introduced his thesis that Bach composed most of his choral works for only one singer per part, he used the Mass in B Minor as his demonstration piece--in part, no doubt, for maximum shock effect. Since then, Rifkin's theory has made the greatest headway with performances of Bach's early cantatas--those he wrote before arriving in Leipzig in 1723. Even Christ lag in Todesbanden and the Actus tragicus, both considered canonic works of the choral literature, have benefited from fine single-voice recordings by groups such as the Taverner Consort and the American Bach Soloists. Now along comes Cantus Cölln and outdoes them all.


Christ lag in Todes Banden BWV 4
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus) BWV 106
Der Herr denket an uns BWV 196
Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 12
Cantus Cölln
dir. Konrad Junghänel

Consort of Musicke by Byrd and Gibbons

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I know, pianos were not there when these musics were delighting people's ears all around Europe, still I think this record is worth a try. Glenn Gould was a sheer universal genius: here each voice of these splendid poliphonics is so perfectly clear that I think this record should be used in classrooms too.


William Byrd - First Pavan and Gaillard
Orlando Gibbons - Fantasy in C major
Orlando Gibbons - Allemande (Italian Ground)
William Byrd - Hughe Ashton's Ground
William Byrd - Sixth Pavan and Gaillard
Orlando Gibbons - ''Lord of Salisbury'' Pavan and Gaillard
William Byrd - A Voluntary
William Byrd - Sellinger's Round
Jan Peterszoon Sweelink - Fantasia in D (Fantasia Cromatica)

Glenn Gould, piano