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Verbum caro factum est - a Christmas Greeting cover
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Verbum caro factum est - a Christmas Greeting
Bach Collegium Japan Chorus / Masaaki Suzuki (direction), Masato Suzuki (organ)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Oct/2018 ]
"The performances are typically classy, and punctuated by a selection of Daquin's 'Noels' for solo organ, played with peppery registrations by Suzuki" BBC Music
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K427 / Exsultate, jubilate, K165 cover
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K427 / Exsultate, jubilate, K165
Carolyn Sampson, Olivia Vermeulen, Makoto Sakurada, Christian Immler / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 20/Nov/2016 ]
"The choir are well drilled and the two female soloists are matched as well as any on disc...Suzuki is no speed merchant, and maintains the through line in more strenuous movements" Gramophone Award WINNER 2017
Bach: St John Passion cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: St John Passion
Gerd Turk, Yoshikazu Mera, Ingrid Schmithusen, Makoto Sakurada, Chiyuki Urano, Peter Kooij / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 2 CD - released 1/Feb/1999 ]
"What more can I say, other than that I found myself drawn into the drama from the start, at the same time finding much that struck me as fresh in matters of interpretation, and tonality of great beauty. …this is a major recording event, and an emine
Quiet Life (LP) cover
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Japan
Quiet Life (LP)
[ BMG / ADA / LP - released 5/Mar/2021 ]
That Japan's breakthrough record Quiet Life was released in both 1979 and 1980 is uniquely fitting for a band who were about to step out of the glam rock, post punk shadows of the late 70s and deliver a record with a brand-new sound that would come...
Bach: St John Passion cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: St John Passion
Bach Collegium Japan chorus & orchestra / Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)
[ BIS / 2 CD - released 4/Sep/2020 ]
"Here we have a reading that feels as if, deep in the psyche of the performers, they know this is all happening close to the wire. Gilchrist is again on masterly form, risking pinpoint precision for graphic description." Gramophone
Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 9: The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan [BWV 201 & BWV 207a] cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 9: The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan [BWV 201 & BWV 207a]
Joanne Lunn, Robin Blaze, Nicolas Phan, Katsuhiko Nakashima, etc / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 15/Dec/2017 ]
Most of Johannes Sebastian Bach's secular cantatas were written for specific political, academic or private festive occasions. In the case of Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201, however, it may well be that Bach composed it for his own sake:...
Six Brandenburg Concertos / Four Orchestral Suites cover
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J.S. BACH
Six Brandenburg Concertos / Four Orchestral Suites
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 3 Hybrid SACD - released 1/Aug/2009 ]
"First-class engineering and generous timings (nearly 70 minutes per disc) make this set a prime recommendation if you are looking for this repertoire on period instruments. Outstanding in every way." (10/10 ClassicsToday.com)
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis cover
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LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo-soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 9/Feb/2018 ]
"All performers are in superb form and recorded with pristine clarity and balance. This is a must-listen - a different Beethoven comes forth with sublime beauty and insights beyond the symphony." (Nicholas Butler)
Bach, (J.S.): Secular Cantatas, Vol. 10 - Cantatas for contentment cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach, (J.S.): Secular Cantatas, Vol. 10 - Cantatas for contentment
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki, Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor)
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Aug/2018 ]
The two cantatas recorded here conclude a project that the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki started in 2004, in which Bach's secular cantatas formed the basis of numerous concerts and recordings. As the team completed recording the church...
53 Cantatas [Vols 41 - 55 from the complete cycle] cover
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J. S. BACH
53 Cantatas [Vols 41 - 55 from the complete cycle]
Hana Blaziková, Damien Guillon, Gerd Türk, Carolyn Sampson, Satoshi Mizukoshi & Peter Kooij / Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 15 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/2014 ]
BIS is delighted to present a specially priced boxed sets featuring volumes 41-55 of the acclaimed Bach Cantatas series with the Bach Collegium Japan and their director Masaaki Suzuki.LIMITED EDITION!! 15 CDs for the price of 5
Tin Drum cover
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Japan
Tin Drum
[ Virgin / CD - released 29/May/2006 ]
Partially growing out of their success in the country they were named after, as well as growing friendship and affiliation with such bands as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan, on Tin Drum, made its most unique, challenging, and striking album. It was...
Bach: The Complete Secular Cantatas cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: The Complete Secular Cantatas
Joanne Lunn, Robin Blaze, Carolyn Sampson, Katsuhiko Nakashima, Hiroya Aoki, Makoto Sakurada, etc / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 10 CD Box Set - released 6/Dec/2019 ]
"The SACD sound is near ideal for such music, needing as it does to balance the intimate with a sense of public rejoicing. It catches the colours of the distinctive solo voices on display." MusicWeb
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol VI [BWV212 'Peasant', BWV209 & BWV203] cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol VI [BWV212 'Peasant', BWV209 & BWV203]
Monica Erdmann, Dominik Worner / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Oct/2016 ]
"The director's own keyboard playing adds to the intimate and rolling spontaneity, surely Bach's most tantalising example of what opera might have afforded him" Gramophone
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol V: Birthday Cantatas [BWV213 & BWV214] cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol V: Birthday Cantatas [BWV213 & BWV214]
Joanne Lunn (soprano) Robin Braze (counter-tenor) Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Dominik Wörner (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Nov/2015 ]
"Makoto Sakurada's lucid tenor is particularly effective in the rhetorical and declamatory recitatives, while bass Dominik Wörner paints the words to vivid effect." BBC Music
Barber / Bartok: Piano Concertos cover
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SAMUEL BARBER / BELA BARTOK
Barber / Bartok: Piano Concertos
Keith Jarrett (piano) / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, New Japan Philharmonic, Kazuyoshi Akiyama & Dennis Russell Davies
[ ECM New Series / CD - released 10/Jun/2015 ]
For much of the 1980s, Keith Jarrett balanced his improvisational activities with performances of classical music and contemporary composition. On this disc, with concert recordings from 1984 and 1985, he is heard playing Samuel Barber's Piano...
Bach: Musikalisches Opfer cover
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J.S. BACH
Bach: Musikalisches Opfer
Masaaki Suzuki (harpsichord), Members of the Bach Collegium Japan
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 13/Oct/2017 ]
Johann Sebastian Bach's appearance on 7th May 1747 at the court of Frederick the Great is the best documented event in the composer's otherwise unglamorous career. During the proceedings, Frederick provided Bach with an exceptionally difficult theme...
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 cover
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LUDWIG van BEEHOVEN
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Ann-Helen Moen (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (alto), llan Clayton (tenor), Neal Davies (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / CD - released 4/Oct/2019 ]
Van Gogh's Sunflowers, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Tolstoy's War and Peace - those works of art that are truly part of the canon of global culture are few and far apart. In music, one work that holds significance for people all over the world is Ludwig van...
Bach For Japan cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach For Japan
Bach Collegium Japan chorus & orchestra, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / CD - released 1/Mar/2012 ]
In support of TOHOKU HELP, aiding the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This compilation has been produced by Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki as part of their ongoing work to support the victims of the earthquake and...
J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion cover
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion
Benjamin Bruns, Christian Immler, Carolyn Sampson, Damien Guillon, etc / Bach Collegium Japan chorus & orchestra / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 2 Hybrid SACD - released 7/Feb/2020 ]
"The musicians convey it with infectious zeal...Generic early music politesse is relegated to the shadows" Gramophone Awards 2020 WINNER - Choral
The Complete Sacred Cantatas [Vols 1 - 55] cover
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J. S. BACH
The Complete Sacred Cantatas [Vols 1 - 55]
The Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 55 Hybrid SACD - released 22/Apr/2016 ]
This boxed set includes 55 Hybrid SACDs in individual slip cases. The recordings on discs 1-27, originally released on CDs, have been upsampled and surround sound has been added, making this the only available complete set of the cantatas in SACD...
Brandenburg Concertos cover
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J.S. BACH
Brandenburg Concertos
Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 2 CD - released 3/Jul/2001 ]
Includes the early version of No 5-first movement
A Choral Year with J.S. Bach cover
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J. S. BACH
A Choral Year with J.S. Bach
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / CD - released 1/Aug/2010 ]
In order to celebrate the Bach Collegium Japan's 20th anniversary - and indeed the 15th anniversary of the start of the cantata cycle - Suzuki has now devised a compilation of some of his personal favourites among the choral movements from the cantatas.
Bach: Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Blu-ray) cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Blu-ray)
Hana Blažíková (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Gerd Türk (tenor), Peter Kooij (bass) /Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 17/May/2017 ]
"The performances of the three cantatas on this Blu-ray are of course superb; from the most prominent soloists to the back desk of the violins, all are now seasoned performers, and it shows." MusicWeb
Bach: Motets cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Motets
Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Jan/2010 ]
"The performance is, as you'd now expect from [Suzuki's] Collegium, excellent. Voices range from delicate soloists to a splendidly light and transparent 18-strong chorus." (BBC Music Award WINNER 2011 Choral)
Bach: Overtures (Four Orchestral Suites) cover
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J. S. BACH
Bach: Overtures (Four Orchestral Suites)
Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 2 Hybrid SACD - released 1/Aug/2005 ]
"These performances are magnificent, and offering two SACDs for the price of one makes them a good deal too. Suzuki does more than just play the music very well: he evokes its purpose, social milieu, and lavishness of content in such a way that...
Lutheran Masses Volume 2 cover
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J. S. BACH / MARCO GIOSEPPE PERANDA
Lutheran Masses Volume 2
Hana Blažiková, Joanne Lun, Aki Matsui, Peter Kooij, Robin Blaze, Dominik Wörner / Bach Collegium Japan, Maasaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Dec/2015 ]
The two Lutheran Masses recorded here make extensive use of earlier compositions by Bach and include reworkings of arias and choruses from cantatas, but each of the four masses also has its own unmistakable artistic profile
Secular Cantatas Vol III [BWV 173a, 202 "Wedding", 36c, 524] cover
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J. S. BACH
Secular Cantatas Vol III [BWV 173a, 202 "Wedding", 36c, 524]
Joanne Lunn (soprano), Hiroya Aoki (counter-tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor) & Roderick Williams (baritone) / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ Bis SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Aug/2013 ]
Although two of the works on this disc were composed for weddings, they are completely different in character. Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten is a charming and gracious garland of recitatives and arias for soprano solo in which Spring, Flora, Apollo...
Secular Cantatas Vol VI: Trauerode [BWV198 & BWV1083] cover
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J. S. BACH
Secular Cantatas Vol VI: Trauerode [BWV198 & BWV1083]
Carolyn Sampson, Joanne Lunn (sopranos), Robin Blaze (counter-ten), Gerd Türk (tenor) & Dominik Wörner (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaa
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Mar/2016 ]
Although Bach's sacred cantatas span a huge expressive range and display a striking stylistic diversity, they were all composed for performance during a church service. In the case of the secular cantatas, on the other hand, their respective purpose...
Mozart: Requiem / Vesperae solennes de confessore cover
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W. A. MOZART
Mozart: Requiem / Vesperae solennes de confessore
Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Makato Sakurada, Christian Immler / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD - released 10/Oct/2014 ]
"I enjoyed this disc very much and found the expert performances very stimulating. As it's a BIS disc it seems almost superfluous to comment on standards of presentation." (MusicWeb Feb 2015)
Mass in B minor cover
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J. S. BACH
Mass in B minor
Carolyn Sampson, Rachel Nicholls (sopranos) Robin Blaze (alto) Gerd Tark (tenor) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS SACD / 2 Hybrid SACD - released 1/Sep/2007 ]
GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE AWARD FINALIST 2008 - Baroque Vocal - "Among the handful of best recordings made, regardless of style." (MusicWeb Jan 2008)
Cantatas (Vol.30): Alles mit Gott / Cantata BWV51 plus bonus track cover
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Cantatas (Vol 38) BWV52, BWV82 (bass version), BWV55 & BWV58 cover
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J.S. BACH
Cantatas (Vol 38) BWV52, BWV82 (bass version), BWV55 & BWV58
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Gerd Tark (tenor) Peter Kooij (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Jan/2008 ]
"Easily the best-known piece here is Ich habe genug (BWV 82). Peter Kooij's tender, yearning account is more modestly stated than versions by his more extrovert rivals. Gerd Türk, assisted by Suzuki's beautifully shaped phrasing, makes a stronger...
Cantatas (Vol 42) BWV13, BWV16, BWV32 & BWV72 cover
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J.S. BACH
Cantatas (Vol 42) BWV13, BWV16, BWV32 & BWV72
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Gerd Tark (tenor) Peter Kooij (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Jan/2009 ]
The present volume in the cantata cycle of the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki consists of four works all written for performances in January 1726. Among these is the New Year's cantata Herr Gott, dich loben wir, BWV16 (Lord God, we praise you).
Secular Cantatas Vol 1: BWV210 'The Wedding', BWV211 'The Coffee' cover
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J. S. BACH
Secular Cantatas Vol 1: BWV210 'The Wedding', BWV211 'The Coffee'
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Makoto Sakurada (tenor) Stephan Schreckenberger (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan directed by Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / CD - released 1/Oct/2004 ]
"From a purely musical point of view this is a very good recording. Carolyn Sampson has a beautiful, warm and yet clear voice, which is well suited to this kind of music. Her German pronunciation is quite good too. The other singers - in the Coffee...
Cantatas (Vol 41) (Nos BWV56, 82, 84, 156) cover
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J.S. BACH
Cantatas (Vol 41) (Nos BWV56, 82, 84, 156)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Peter Kooij (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Oct/2008 ]
Masaaki Suzuki here concentrates on the so-called solo cantatas, providing an opportunity for two of the highly acclaimed soloists of this series, Carolyn Sampson and Peter Kooij, to shine even more brightly.
Cantatas (Vol 34) Nos 1, 126 & 127 cover
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J.S. BACH
Cantatas (Vol 34) Nos 1, 126 & 127
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Robin Blaze (counter-tenor) Gerd Tark (tenor) Peter Kooij (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Jan/2007 ]
" Masaaki Suzuki's poised grandeur brings considerable richness to this marvellous score, a sparkling duo of solo violins offset deftly against the full ivory texture of high horns and low oboes in the chorus, and joined by top-drawer solo singing."...
Cantatas, Vol.39 (BWV28, 68, 175, 183) cover
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J.S. BACH
Cantatas, Vol.39 (BWV28, 68, 175, 183)
Carolyn Sampson (soprano) Robin Blaze (counter-tenor) Peter Kooij (bass) / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / Hybrid SACD - released 1/Apr/2008 ]
After two volumes concentrating on solo cantatas, the full forces - including the splendid choir - of Bach Collegium Japan return in this programme of five cantatas dated 1725. The choir instantly makes its presence felt in the first movement of the...
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VERDI / BEETHOVEN / BACH
Sacred Music [4 DVDs Special Price]
Christian Elsner, Rene Pape, Midori Suzuki, Robin Blaze, Ruth Ziesak / Dresden State Opera, Musicale Fiorentino, Bach Collegium Japan, etc
[ DV1 / Ovation Entertainment / 4 DVD Box Set - released 16/Sep/2010 ]
The great sacred works Masses, oratorios and requiems are among the most moving and sublime creations of classical music. They provide solace and can lift you in ways that mere words can never achieve. G
Bach & Beyond: A set of original BIS CDs [15 CDs Special Price] cover
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BACH / SCHUTZ / BUXTEHUDE / ZELENKA / HANDEL / MONTEVERDI / etc
Bach & Beyond: A set of original BIS CDs [15 CDs Special Price]
Dan Laurin, Hidemi Suzuki, Midori Suzuki, Yoshikazu Mera / Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 15 CD Box Set - released 1/Aug/2010 ]
Widely regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Bach's music today, Masaaki Suzuki has made his name both as the artistic director of the Bach Collegium Japan and as a performer on the harpsichord and the organ.
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J. S. BACH
St Matthew Passion
Gerd Turk / Peter Kooij / Nancy Argenta / Robin Blaze / Makoto Sakurada / Chiyuki Urano / Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki
[ BIS / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Dec/1999 ]
"a fresh and beautifully-sung reading of the most challenging of all Bach choral works with a first-rate team of soloists led by the free-toned Gerd Türk...a powerful achievement." (Penguin Guide)