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Bach:: Composer Series
Alice Harnoncourt, Herbert Tachezi, Paul Esswood, Thomas Hampson, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

[ Teldec Warner Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Monday 17 August 2009

Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Eighty - Harnoncourt & Bach

Once dubbed the high priest of "authenticity", dread word, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cellist, early music specialist, author and conductor has long been both plausible and consistent in his denial of the accusation. "I would never use the word authenticity for my work", he says. "It can only be authentic 'me', not authentic Bach, Biber, Handel or Telemann. Old instruments produce the best sound for this repertory but they do not necessarily produce the sound of the period."

Nowadays, even the "early music" label can no longer be applied with undue emphasis to Harnoncourt, for he has become, over the past twenty-five years or so, as identifiable an interpreter of Classical, Romantic and twentieth-century music as he has remained in the Baroque sphere on which his reputation was established. Indeed, since his set of Beethoven symphonies for Teldec was named Record of the Year in the 1992 Gramophone Awards, Harnoncourt has performed and recorded all the Schubert symphonies (Teldec), as well as symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák and Bruckner, and a wide range of vocal and choral music from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

"For me the emotional responses in music are the most important. Authenticity and performing practice are always in danger of becoming dogmatic. Besides musical value, an opera must have a message as a wok of art which is not bound just to its own time. The drama must be so timeless in its depiction of human psychology that you can forget it is three hundred years old, or whatever. Monteverdi is such a composer, Handel another." Happy birthday, maestro, and many happy returns of the day!

Tracks:

Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major, BWV 1066: I Ouverture
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme": 1. Coro: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Chorus Tölzer Knabenchor
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Ein musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: II Canon perpetuus
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244: Part 2 (excerpts)
Soloist Paul Esswood
Chorus Choir of King's College Cambridge
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 161 "Komm, du süße Todesstunde": Aria: Mein Verlangen
Soloist Kurt Equiluz
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 208 "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd" (Jagdkantate): Aria: Schafe können sicher weiden
Soloist Angela Maria Blasi
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 194 "Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest": Aria: Was des Höchsten Glanz erfüllt
Soloist Thomas Hampson
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248: Coro: Jauchzet, frohlocket!
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244: Aria: Mache dich, mein Herze, rein / Coro: Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
Soloist Dietrich Henschel
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV 1068: II Air
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052: I Allegro
Soloist Herbert Tachezi
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Coro: Herr, unser Herrscher
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben": Choral: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
Chorus Tölzer Knabenchor
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 26 "Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig": Coro: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041: III Allegro assai
Soloist Alice Harnoncourt
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba , BWV 1029: I Vivace
Soloist Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Soloist Herbert Tachezi

Cantata, BWV 21 "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis": Sinfonia / Coro: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Magnificat, BWV 243: Coro: Magnificat
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Motet, BWV 226 "Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf"
Chorus Stockholm Bach Choir
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Cantata, BWV 82 "Ich habe genug": Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Soloist Philippe Huttenlocher
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei / Coro: Dona nobis pacem
Soloist Jadwiga Rappé
Chorus Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Orchestra Concentus musicus Wien