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Bach - St John Passion / B Minor Mass / Easter Oratorio / Cantata 11 Box set

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  • Performer: Taverner Players
  • Conductor: Andrew Parrott
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005UNXB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No.1: Herr, unser Herr
2. No.2a: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern - 2b Jesum von Nazareth - 2c Jesus spricht zu ihnen - 2d Jesum von Nazareth - 2e Jesus antwortet
3. No.3: O grobe Lieb
4. No.4: Auf dab Wort erfullet wurde
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. No.15 Christus, der uns selig macht
2. No.16a Da fuhrten sie Jesum Evangelist - 16b Bist du nicht seiner Junger einer- 16c Da sprach Pilatus zu ihnen Evangelist, Pilatus - 16d Wir durfen niemand toten - 16e Auf dab erfullet wurde
3. No.17 Ach, grober Konig
4. No.18a Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm Evangelist, Jesus, Pilatus - 18b Nicht diesen, sondern Barrabas - 18c Barrabas aber war ein Morder Evangelist
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sinfonia
2. Adagio
3. Chorus: Kommt, eilet und laufet
4. Recitativo: O kalter Männer Sinn! (S,C,T,B)
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Kyrie eleison (chorus)
2. Christe eleison (soprano I & II)
3. Kyrie eleison (chorus)
4. Gloria in excelsis (chorus)
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Credo in unum Deum (chorus)
2. Patrem omnipotentem (chorus)
3. Et in unum Dominum (soprano I & alto)
4. Et incarnatus est (chorus)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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14x13x5cm. CD.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Florestan's Music on 8 April 2013
I disagree notably with the other reviewer, saying that this set is to Bach's choral works what Glenn Gould is to the Goldberg variations, is a manifest exaggeration!

It's simply a good set, the great choral works from Bach approached from a 'chamber music' perspective, which is not historically informed by the way, but anyway I'm not a fundamentalist on those issues.

The important thing is that the execution is technically and musically accomplished, even though Rogers Covey-Crump lacks dramatic power as Evangelist, I cannot forget Peter Schreier's memorable recordings for Philips, but also other singers like Claes H. Ahnsjo have made that part much more interesting.

Regrettably the texts and translations to English are not included, though they're easily obtainable on the internet.

For this price, a good buy though I'd better recommend more 'mainstream' interpretations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hennessey on 21 Feb. 2013
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This set of recordings is spellbinding. Mr. Parrott has put together an ensemble wherein the instrumentalists play with the most perfect baroque stylistic mannerisms and the one voice per part choir is crystal clear while maintaining the verbosity required to do these massive works justice.

This recording of the B minor Mass is to Bach's vocal music what Glenn Gould's 1955 Goldberg Variations is to his Keyboard!
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
One-voice-per-part in all its glory 6 Mar. 2003
By Heath E Morber - Published on Amazon.com
Pick up this set. When I saw the ... price on these gems, I immediately ordered it. Andrew Parrott is a wonderful conductor who subscribes to the theory that Bach intended his choral music to be sung with one voice on a part. Quite a contrast to many recordings out there with 50+ on a part. Along with everyone else, I was a bit leery of this approach but wait until you hear these results! His performance of the mass is absolutely breathtaking! Rifkin recorded the mass OVPP but some of the soloists were a bit weak, especially compared to Parrott's soloists. I picked up this one and the Herreweghe recording of the mass (considered to be the best in many circles) around the same time and I found myself continually coming back to this one. The clarity of the vocal lines is wonderful. Some of the fugal lines get lost in Herreweghe's approach but not in Parrott's recording. You can follow each wonderful line from beginning to end. Parrott's soloists have a very clear, non-"operatic", beautiful sound that tunes so well (rare in OVPP works in my opinion). This is what makes the choral sections work so well--lack of excessive vibrato that makes Bach's musical lines unfold beautifully. The solo sections are just as impressive. The only beef I have with the recording is Parrott's use of a boy alto. An admirable job in most respects but he just can't quite match the maturity of the other voices.
The St. John's Passion is almost as remarkable. The choral singing is delightful and the soloists are again excellent. When you get these two landmark recordings plus The Easter and Ascension Oratorios to boot, the price is mind-boggling. I would pay this price for the mass alone. Highest recommendation.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Bach 11 Jan. 2005
By Le Frisson - Published on Amazon.com
Went looking for the Mass only, but got the whole box set at roughly the same price. Sure I'm not complaining.

If you like Rifkin's earlier and almost equally exciting version, this is your thing! Apparently Bach would endorse the use of boy alto for the performance. On the whole the performance was more rugged, and therefore more real than ever. The tempi are subtle and the instruments sound lean yet powerful. A mustbuy.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Professional Bach recording - minimal setting, full sound 10 Jun. 2007
By J. W. van Aalst - Published on Amazon.com
When I purchased this 5-disc set by Andrew Parrot, I had failed to notice that this recording is at the minimum-setting of Bach recordings. No choir, but one individual voice per vocal part. Now normally, I like a nice big full choir sound, so before listening I had some doubts as to this recording would appeal to me.

Well, I must say, now that I've listened to it a couple of times, it's really a wonderfully pure effect, and I really DO like it. The sound isn't bleak at all, and at times the four interacting voices do sound like a small choir. I really do not know what Bach's original intentions were, but this recording is really a joy to listen to, and that's what counts most for me.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Bach 8 Oct. 2004
By Eric Bergerud - Published on Amazon.com
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I must agree with the other reviewer that this is a great collection. However, I like the presence of the boy alto in the Mass. Bach composed most of his religious works for a boys choir but you wouldn't guess it from looking at most recordings. To the best of my knowledge this Mass is the only recording out there that is both OVPP and includes a boy soloist. It works for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rich peformance! 11 Dec. 2013
By Knight Telekinetic - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection is a must have for any fan of Bach! You get 4 amazing pieces for only $21! Parrott's use of one voice per part creates a very intimate, yet rich effect. The soloists are fantastic, especially David Thomas and Emma Kirkby. This is a beautiful recording.
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