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Bach: Christmas Cantatas [CD]

Aradia , Kevin Mallon , Johann Sebastian Bach Audio CD

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Listen  1. Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36: Schwingt freudig euch emporKevin Mallon 3:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36: Aria: Die Liebe zieht mit sanften SchrittenChristopher Dawes 5:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36: Aria: Sei mir willkommen, werter SchatzKevin Mallon 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36: Aria: Auch mit gedampften, schwachen StimmenChristopher Dawes 8:41Album Only
Listen  5. Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36: Choral: Wie bin ich doch so herzlich frohKevin Mallon 1:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132: Aria: Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die BahnKevin Mallon 5:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132: Recitativo: Willst du dich Gottes KindChristopher Dawes 2:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132: Aria: Wer bist du?Kevin Mallon 2:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132: Recitativo: Ich will, mein GottChristopher Dawes 2:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132: Aria: Christi Glieder, ach bedenketKevin Mallon 4:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132: Choral: Ertot uns durch deine GuteChristopher Dawes 1:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (after BWV 699 and BWV 659; arr. K. Mallon): Chorale, Trio and Quintet (after BWV 699 and BWV 659)Kevin Mallon 5:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: OuvertureChristopher Dawes 2:400.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Recitativo: Der Heiland, ist gekommenKevin Mallon 1:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Aria: Jesu, komm zu deiner KircheChristopher Dawes 3:500.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Recitativo: Siehe, ich stehe vor der TurKevin Mallon0:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Aria: Offne dich, mein ganzes HerzeChristopher Dawes 4:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61: Amen: Komm du schone FreudenkroneKevin Mallon0:590.69  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great deal! 29 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great bargain, with just over an hour of wonderful music. The ensemble is led with a healthy vitality, and the recording mercifully spares us the very tiresome sforzando, sighing attacks and straight-tone fussiness that ruin so many well-intentioned Bach releases. My only complaint is with the diction of the singers, which often sounds VERY North American, especially in the case of the tenor, whose diphthongs make his attempt at sounding German minimal at best. All the singers must have been told to adopt a very steely, driven tone in their closed vowels--it is rather bizarre, and seems really forced at times. But all the singers are fine musicians with solid techniques, and handle the florid lines with ease, especially the soprano, who in "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn" seems to have breath for days. But these are all minor issues with a release that is a steal at 6 dollars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine recording 22 Jan 2006
By scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite what some others have said about this recording, I think it is fantastic. Mallon adopts the Rifkin approach in the use of solo voices for the choral movements, except that in BWV61 ripeino singers are added. The sound is vivid and transparent. As mentioned, the soprano Teri Dunn is very good, especially in Bereitet die Wege from cantata 132, which includes an extremely long mellisma that she aquits with fantastic breathe control. The real discovery for me in this record was countertenor Matthew White. I personally think that his Christi Glieder is superb, and he has become one of my favorite altos. I think he is comparible to Daniel Taylor (they were contemporaries at McGill) and surely has a long and successful career ahead of him.

I really don't think that Mallon's performance suffers from comparisons to Gardiner or Suzuki. If you like smaller-scale renditions of Bach, you cannot go far wrong with this release.
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan 5 April 2008
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH WROTE HIS MOST SUBLIME MUSIC FOR THE CHURCH.
From 1723 he was employed as Cantor at the Choir School of St. Thomas in Leipzig, which included writing music for the five principal city churches. In the Lutheran principal service the 'cantata' was the main musical item with a text related to the gospel reading of the day. The Advent Cantatas presented here are wonderfully diverse, both in style and in orchestration.

'Schwingt freudig euch empor' (Ring out joyfully to the stars on high) opens with a Chorus (one on a part) followed by a tenor, bass and soprano aria in that order; ending with a Chorale.

'Bereitet die Wege....'(Make ready the ways, make ready the path) opens with a soprano aria, tenor recitative,bass aria,alto recit. & aria closing with a chorale.

'Instrumental Suite 'Nun komm....' This is actually a chorale, trio and quintet. Very well performed by the Arcadia Ensemble.

'Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland'(Now come, Saviour of the people)opens with an 'ouverture' followed by a tenor recit. & aria, a bass recitative, soprano aria and a 'Amen chorus

The performance of these cantatas was well-done both instrumentally and vocally. The solo voices were skilled in this genre and sang with much emotion. Moreover, they were vocally flexible and the diction was quite good. I especially enjoyed the soprano voice of Teri Dunn who sings with a free and expansive tone quality; her arias were delightful!The tenor voice of John Tessler was resonant and bouyant. The aria and voice that made the most impression on me personally was Matthew White's lovely countertenor sound: rich, and sonorous with wonderfully expressive interpretation that showed beautifully in his aria: 'Christi gleider....'

These cantatas bring out Bach's amazing abilities: they show his spiritual power a solid strength and sincerity that cannot be traced to technique, but to the inspiration of pure genius!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly Sold on Aradia Ensemble 9 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I must say I was taken aback by the negative review from "A Music Fan" in Toronto, Ontario. Though a Gardiner fan, in some ways I prefer this wonderful Kevin Mallon recording. The soprano aria "Auch mit gedaempften, schwachen Stimmen," by Toronto's own Teri Dunn, is worth the entire purchase price alone. I usually prefer it faster than this, but I have seldom heard anything so lovely as Mallon & Dunn's interpretation. The diction has already been commented on, but it's such a minor point, even to a linguistic nit-picker like me. Bottom line: This is an excellent recording for the price, and in some ways it's just plain excellent, period.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bach recording disappoints 8 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Interesting Cantatas already recorded with much greater success by Gardiner. The Soprano has a fine voice although unsure and the Bass voice is inconsistent. The Countertenor has dreadful German diction and we have to wonder if he even knows what he is singing about (and the voice is unexceptional - maybe next time they will find a mezzo). The Tenor has the most promising voice. Aradia plays sensitively though the entire portrait of each Cantata is unclear.
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