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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."...