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Bach: Arias

15 Oct. 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Oct. 2002
  • Release Date: 15 Oct. 2002
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:12:04
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  • ASIN: B001GSHH9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,606 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor VINE VOICE on 28 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
An absolutely beautiful disc. For anyone new (or not so new) to Bach this is a must. Angelika Kirchschlager has a beautifully agile and flexible voice and one can hear from her performance that she understands what she is singing about. Like with every other vocal show-off selection, she sings arias which are most suitable for her voice, generally on the slow side and the disc as a whole has a certain nocturnal quality.

Playing of the Venice Baroque Orchestra is equally superb. The recording is spacious and natural and the acoustics of the recording venue are well captured. Lush orchestral sound is a perfect match to her dark voice.
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The highlight of this CD for me is the aria from Part 2 of ST Matthews Passion "Erbarme dich oh mein Gott" which may be my favour it track ever!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Rich and intelligent singing 2 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Kirchschlager's voice is as smooth and creamy as butter, but this recording is not just about pretty sounds: Kirchschlager's singing is informed by a deep understanding of the music and the (predominantly German) text. Her phrasing and sense of musical line are impeccable. Although she's not a "baroque" singer, she blends rather well with the spiky instrumentalists of the Venice Baroque Orchestra and their soloist Carmignola, and nothing she does is stylistically inappropriate.
I don't think I've ever heard a more affecting version of the "Laudamus te" from the B-Minor Mass. I also have a recording of the full B-Minor Mass with Kirchschlager and Seiji Ozawa (which I had to order from Europe, as it's not available in the U.S.), but the "Laudamus te" is far better here on this album of arias -- probably because Kirchschlager was able to pick the tempo and make her own interpretive decisions.
This is a serious recording, and most of the selections are on the slow side, but it is one that rewards repeated listening.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Extradordinary musicianship and communication 6 Mar. 2003
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bach's arias have seldom sounded more cogent than in the lushly beautiful voice of Angelika Kirschlager. She manages to sing thses various arias with all the informed discipline of a baroque specialist but her talent takes the music much further. Without stepping out of the period she infuses these pieces with deeply felt emotional qualities. Listen to the "Erbarme dich" ("Have pity, God") and feel all the dramatic tension in this St Matthew Passion excerpt. In sensitive concert with the Venice Baroque Orchestra the "Laudamus te" from the B Minor Mass becomes as glorifying and lyrical as could be imagined. Kirschlager's ornamentation is subtle and never over-pushed. All of these attributes of this very fine recording are well demonstrated in the perfectly balanced "Vergnugte Ruh, Beliebte Seelenlust" ('Contented rest, beloved soul's desire'). Bach just doesn't get much better that the glories contained in this superb disc. Highly recommended - even if you don't like baroque music!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Almost heaven 18 Jan. 2012
By William J. Finn - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I really love Kirchschlager's singing here. This is a wonderful collection of
Bach arias from his cantatas. The fact that "Schlumert Ein" was really written
for Bass/Baritone doesn't diminish my enthusiasm. Kirchschlager simply sings it
two octaves higher. And this collection contains one of the most beautiful arias
from a cantata: Widerstehe Doch der Sunde (from cantata No. 54). The CD is really
worth it's purchase price just to hear these two selections.

But this CD does include Mr. Carmignolas' name (as violin obligato), on the cover.
Trouble is, that I mostly don't hear him (on this recording). Either the engineer
did not have him miked correctly, or else, perhaps Carmignola should have put a
steel E string on his fiddle?

But if you love the arias in Bach cantatas, or just love Bach. Then do give this CD
a listen. It is very, very good.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pleasing throwback to an earlier, warmer style of Bach singing 31 May 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I rarely venture into Baroque aria collections, for several reasons. On the whole, I'd rather hear the complete works by Bach and Handel than selected bits. For another, the HIP movement has brought forth a kind of singing that grates on my nerves -- thin, pure, without vibrato. It may be authentic, but I am not one to let musicologists dictate style. Angelika Kirchschlager defies these objections by offering a real throwback, an emotionally involving recital of Bach arias sung in modern voice. If your ideal of Bach singing includes Kathleen Ferrier, Maria Stader, Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig, Anne Sophie von Otter, Kathleen Battle, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, this CD should appeal to you.

Kirchschlager's warm mezzo verges on the brightness of a soprano. When I saw her in London with a full orchestra, she played the diva role more than one generally expects from the sober sisterhood of German singers. She's emotionally involved, yet one doesn't hear the spiritual depth of Ferrier and Hunt Lieberson, or the ecstasy that marks Janet Baker and (at her best) Kathleen Battle. You hear sincere, vocally secure readings. There's also the advantage of very fine sound and the excellent Venice Baroque Orch. The notable Baroque violinist Giuliano Carmignola adds a lovely obbligato when called for. In all, I'd say that the result is lighter than the old, earnest style of Bach singing but blessedly free of the "pure" style that sounds (to me) synthesized and blank.

Here's the complete program:

Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde from Cantata No. 83

Vergnügte Ruh from Cantata No. 170

Schlummer ein, ihr matten Augen from Cantata No. 82

Nichts kann mich erretten from Cantata No. 74

Wo zwei und drei versammlet sind from Cantata No. 42

Herr was du willt from Cantata No. 156

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

Widerstehe doch Sünde from Cantata No. 54

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Laudamus Te

Sinfonia from Cantata No. 156

Bereite dich Zion (from Christmas Oratorio, BWV248)

Wie soll dich empfangen (from Christmas Oratorio)
Brilliant 22 Jun. 2014
By ronald yanagihara - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this several times a week now and like it more each time. I wish that Ms Kirschschlager's enunciation was a bit crisper in places, but I'm quibbling. Overall a highly intelligent and deeply felt reading of Bach that leaves one wanting more.
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