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  • Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: John Christoph Bach
  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sdg
  • ASIN: B005CTPRPW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Herr, wende dich und sei mir gnadigClare Wilkinson13:02Album Only
Listen  2. Mit Weinen hebt sichs anJulia Doyle 5:25£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wie bist du denn o GottMatthew Brook12:20Album Only
Listen  4. Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbtJulia Doyle 4:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hatteClare Wilkinson 7:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Furchte dich nichtJulia Doyle 4:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Es ist nun aus mit meinem LebenJulia Doyle 6:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mein Freundin, du bist schonJulia Doyle24:13Album Only

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This album was recorded live at Cadogan Hall in 2009. It features internationally acclaimed singers, including Matthew Brook, Peter Harvey and Katharine Fuge. It is packaged in a hard back book similar to our other releases. It contains a 48 pages booklet with original notes by Richard Campbell, and texts in German, English and French. The live concert was billed Six funerals and a wedding: the pieces evoke the dark theme of grief, as was fashionable in 17th century Lutheran Germany; though the last track Meine Freundin is a lighter amorous dialogue The music on this album is in turn dark, poignant, humane and witty It features choral music (motets) as well as solo arias and laments, and two dialogues Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) - not to be confused with Johann Christian Bach, was Johann Sebastian Bachs older cousin. A respected composer in his lifetime, he greatly influenced JS Bachs music making.

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JC Bachs brand of sober pietism really draws you in. The uncompromising honesty of the word setting, and its dense, dark fabric of gambas, cellos and basses, creeps into the nerves system in a rather delicious way. --The Times

Such is the individuality even quirkiness of his settings, with their expressive melody, distinctive harmony and often strikingly interventionist obbligato violin parts, that they absorb rather than repel. --The Guardian

This album was recorded live at Cadogan Hall in 2009. It features internationally acclaimed singers, including Matthew Brook, Peter Harvey and Katharine Fuge. It is packaged in a hard back book similar to our other releases. It contains a 48 pages booklet with original notes by Richard Campbell, and texts in German, English and French. The live concert was billed Six funerals and a wedding: the pieces evoke the dark theme of grief, as was fashionable in 17th century Lutheran Germany; though the last track Meine Freundin is a lighter amorous dialogue The music on this album is in turn dark, poignant, humane and witty It features choral music (motets) as well as solo arias and laments, and two dialogues Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) - not to be confused with Johann Christian Bach, was Johann Sebastian Bachs older cousin. A respected composer in his lifetime, he greatly influenced JS Bachs music making. *** --The Guardian,09/09/11

This is Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), Johann Sebastian's first cousin once removed, who from the 1660s was organist at Eisenach and harpsichordist in the court orchestra there, and whose reputation as a composer among members of the Bach family was second only to that of JS Bach; some of his compositions were even later attributed to his more famous cousin. This fascinating collection, based on a concert that John Eliot Gardiner conducted at Cadogan Hall, London, in 2009, covers a good range of Johann Christoph's surviving output. The two five-part motets are intense, slightly dour affairs, designed to be sung at funerals, while the pair of laments both feature striking violin obbligatos; the two arias are also haunted by death, though, like most of the works here, the harmonic richness of the music makes them seem anything but lugubrious. It's still a solemn sequence, however, lifted only at the end by the dialogue Meine Freundin, du bist Schön, a setting of a passage from the Song of Songs, intended for a marriage celebration, and by Lutheran standards, quite unbuttoned. --Observer,25/09/11

The recording is one of the best I've heard in the Soli Deo Gloria label. --IRR,Nov'11

Gardiner's interpretations are as beautifully researched, judged and executed as always. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Dec'11

Bach of any generation from Gardiner's eminently engaged and engaging forces is self-recommended;yet for its rarity value alone Welt,gute Nacht is as important a release as that of a B minor Mass or St Matthew Passion. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Christmas'11

The vocal soloists acquit themselves well in music that demands utter commitment. --Gramophone,Dec'11

This disc is a veritable treasure trove of arias, laments, motets and dialogues arranged by Gardiner into a most satisfying and illuminating sequence. Not to be missed. ***** --Choir and Organ, Mar/Apr'12

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erythros on 27 May 2013
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For many, the music of the Bach family before JS raises subliminal associations of accompanying your parents on a musical visit to a venerable great aunt who can't quite relate to children. This captivating disk will surely put the record straight for this distinguished forebear whose music can stand on its own merits without appeal to context or extenuating circumstances. Johann Christoph was organist in Eisenach and greatly respected by his younger cousin once removed. The music is less overtly complex than JS's but speaks with its own voice and one that is sophisticated, dignified and deeply expressive. Gardiner's performers are recorded live at Cadogan Hall in front of one of the best behaved audiences in the world, and they wonderfully convey the sense of inner drama and consolation in the face of the trials and vicissitudes of life. As an example of the virtues of the music and the performers, try track 3 (Wie bist du denn, O Gott - Why are you then O God inflamed against me), which builds subtly to an expressive climax in the fourth stanza as Matthew Brook rails against God for punishing him unjustly, accompanied by exquisitely dissonant frosting from the violin. My personal highlight is track 6 (Fürchte dich nicht - be not afraid), which starts with the three lower voices alone and feels complete until the magical moment when the soprano joins from afar with the ethereal balm of a chorale. The deceptive simplicity of the track that follows it (Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben - Now my life is ended) is the perfect foil. Fortitude and consolation have rarely been so moving and uplifting, and the singers and instrumentalists do this wonderful music proud.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2011
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...it's not Bach; well, that other Bach, I mean. J.S. apparently had the highest regard for his elder cousin J.C. and regarded him as a profound musician. And, rest assured, it is indeed fine music, given (as one would expect) an excellent performance by Gardiner and his merry (wo)men. However, profound as it might be, it lacks the profundity of J.S. I'm not a musician, so I struggle to quantify this, but somehow it doesn't GRAB one the way J.S. does. There's something about the musical language of J.S. Bach, which, to me, is deeply satisfying - it just seems right, for want of a better word. It's not the difference between good and bad, but between excellent and sublime. For me at least, it merely emphasises the gulf between J.S. and the rest of the (very substantial) family.

Having said that, it is still, on its own terms, excellent music, very pleasurable and well performed. I've given it five stars, because it doesn't deserve to be marked down because of J.C.'s poor choice of relatives.
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By A.V.Walker on 14 Nov 2014
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my new addiction ~ blissful ~☆
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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...it's not Bach; well, that other Bach, I mean. J.S. apparently had the highest regard for his elder cousin J.C. and regarded him as a profound musician. And, rest assured, it is indeed fine music, given (as one would expect) an excellent performance by Gardiner and his merry (wo)men. However, profound as it might be, it lacks the profundity of J.S. I'm not a musician, so I struggle to quantify this, but somehow it doesn't GRAB one the way J.S. does. There's something about the musical language of J.S. Bach, which, to me, is deeply satisfying - it just seems right, for want of a better word. It's not the difference between good and bad, but between excellent and sublime. For me at least, it merely emphasises the gulf between J.S. and the rest of the (very substantial) family.

Having said that, it is still, on its own terms, excellent music, very pleasurable and well performed. I've given it five stars, because it doesn't deserve to be marked down because of J.C.'s poor choice of relatives.
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