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Thomas Quasthoff: Bach, Dialogue Cantatas
THREE-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNER THOMAS QUASTHOFF PRESENTS HIS SECOND VOLUME OF BACH CANTATAS Thomas Quasthoff makes a welcome return to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with a collection of the "Dialogue" Cantatas BWV 49... more »
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THREE-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNER THOMAS QUASTHOFF PRESENTS HIS SECOND VOLUME OF BACH CANTATAS Thomas Quasthoff makes a welcome return to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with a collection of the "Dialogue" Cantatas BWV 49, 57, and 152. Quasthoff's last Bach Cantatas album, also with the Berliner Barock Solisten, was hailed by the press and brought the artist numerous awards, including his third Grammy® award as "Singer of the Year" in 2006. That album has sold more than 50,000 copies worldwide! For this new collection, Quasthoff is joined by the acclaimed German soprano Dorothea Röschmann, with whom he has enjoyed a close collaboration for many years in various types of repertoire. Critics and audiences alike have applauded the emotional directness of Quasthoff's performances.
Modern big-name Bach at its best
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 11/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although world renowned today in a wide range of music, Thomas Quasthoff had a slow rise to stardom and psent many early years as a Bach spe;cialist. DG has been slow to include that part of his repertoire, but now we have two CDs of cantatas, this new one being for two singers. There are only two actual duets, in Cantatas 152 and 49, but the two soloists trade arias and sometimes join in recitative. Compared to the first CD of solo cantatas from Quasthoff, this material is much less well known but equally inspired. Roschmann is expert and lovely, a good match for Quasthoff, but clearly its his show, and without a doubt he is a great artist. My only slight reservation is that the voice isn't as full and easy as it was five years ago, but that's insignificant when it comes to a unqiuely communicative artist."
Phyllis C. | 03/21/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"These comments apply only to Cantata 49 on this disk (I haven't listened to #'s 57 and 152 often enough), but Dorothea Röschmann has far too much vibrato for Bach! She and Quasthoff are not a good combiation. The tempo in the (usually) glorious final movement of this performance is too fast -out of keeping with the pace of the rest of the Cantata."
Bach at his Best
Tim Palmer | Toronto, Canada | 03/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderfully fresh sounding collection of Bach cantatas that will charm and delight - impressively conceived, artistically arranged, and beautifully sung by Thomas Quasthoff and Dorothea Röschmann. You will definitely keep this disc at the top of your collection."