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Bach: Cantatas & Arias
Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Gellhorn, Thurston Dart
Bach: Cantatas & Arias
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Intimate musicians in complete harmony
Tommy Nielsen | Kolding Denmark | 03/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Big scale orchestra? Yes. Modern instruments? Yes. Slow tempi? Yes. Opera-singer? Yes. Old-fashioned? NO!Schwarzkopf and Klemperer are caught live in a 1957-performance in the Concertgebouw in complete harmony in one of Bach's most popular works. This recording remindes me of what we are missing in recent Bach-recordings - understanding of the inner soul of this music. Try and listen to the duet-performance between oboe and soprano in the first aria "Weichet nur", and you will know what I mean. With Gardiner and Harnoncourt we thought this music was a struggle between two lovely tunes - the tune for soprano and the tune for oboe. Now we know that it is really a duet."Soli Deo Gloria" - "God alone has the honour" - in this sentence that Bach noted in most of his scores lies the truth about the music - a praise to the almighty. One could wish that the above mentioned star conductors would listen to the music, its text and its meaning instead of keep referring to the history books. Thank God that we still have recordings from more gifted conductors - who used their ears and mind - Klemperer, Richter, Britten, Karajan, Mengelberg (wonderful new Mathäus Passion)"
I originally got this for the Klemp...
Ryan Kouroukis | Toronto, Ontario Canada | 01/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I originally got this because it featured Klemp...but when I listened, I was stunned by Miss Schwarzkopf's singing! Just listen to the opening of the "Jauchzet" with Gelhorn! Recorded in the 50's, these recordings are true treasures for anyone that loves Bach or Schwarzkopf. Some are live and others are studio. Historical recordings by one of the greatest singers the world has ever known, rightly remastered and reissued by EMI References. As for Klemp, he surely shows the grand majesty of this Bach cantata, but not overshadowing Elizabeth with the serious mystery of the orchestral parts. The other cantata with Dart is also fantastic, and the aria's with solo intruments are amazing.English/German texts enclosed with excellent bio-notes on Schwarzkopf and the history of these recordings.A real GEM for anyone's collection."
What a swell record...
Larry from Brooklyn | Brooklyn | 03/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have an old (from the early fifties) vinyl recording of Schwarzkopf doing Bach cantatas that I treasure. This doesn't measure up to that but it is the next best thing on record. Comes cheaply with a generous sampling. There is no reason on earth that any record lover should not buy a copy of this CD. If you don't know this voice, you are in for a special treat (on the order of joy that arrives with Milanov, Tebaldi or Sutherland the first time you heard them). Buy it, you can't lose.