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  • Conductor: Peter Harvey
  • Composer: J.S.Bach
  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Channel Classics
  • ASIN: B00L1TABG2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Coro, "Jesu, der du meine Seele"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, Jamer Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria, Duetto, "Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, Peter Harvey 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Recitativo, "Ach! Ich bin ein Kind der Sünden"James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria, "Das Blut, so meine Schuld durchstreicht"James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Recitativo, "Die Wunden, Nägel, Kron und Grab"Peter Harvey 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria, "Nun du wirst mein Gewissen stillen"Peter Harvey 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Choral, "Herr, ich glaube, hilf mir Schwachen"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: "Sinfonia"Peter Harvey 1:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Coro, "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Aria, "Doch bin und bleibe ich vergnügt"Elin Manahan Thomas, Peter Harvey 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Tutti, "Leite mich in deiner Wahrheit und lehre mich"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Aria, "Cedern müssen von den Winden"Daniel Taylor, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Coro, "Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Ciaccona, "Meine Tage in den Leiden"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorus, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Recitativo accompagnato, "Gebenedeiter Mund!"James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht"Daniel Taylor, Peter Harvey 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Recitativo, "Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden"Peter Harvey 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn"Elin Manahan Thomas, Peter Harvey 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Choral, "Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Hilf, Jesu, hilf, daß ich auch dich bekenne"James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Recitativo, "Der höchsten Allmacht Wunderhand"Daniel Taylor, Peter Harvey 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen"Peter Harvey 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Choral, "Jesu bleibet meine Freude"Daniel Taylor, Elin Manahan Thomas, James Gilchrist, Peter Harvey 2:25£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Bach's ambition to compose a body of 'well-regulated church music' liturgical music for the entire church calendar produced a wealth of sacred cantatas. Around two hundred have survived, and are an eloquent expression of his opinion that 'true music should be for the honour of God and the recreation of the soul'. That comment made with respect to the art of realising a figured-bass (where harmony is indicated by numbers) seems appropriate to this collection, since the choice of these glorious works was influenced by a consideration of number symbolism and other extramusical devices. That this most cerebral music touches the emotions so keenly might seem a paradox, but as a performer, analysing the possible thinking behind Bach's musical decisions brings the composer closer. (Peter Harvey, liner notes)

The Magdalena Consort was founded in 2008 by Peter Harvey and is acclaimed for its virtuoso chamber performances of sacred vocal music from Monteverdi to Bach. In addition to using period instruments, the group aims to perform with historically appropriate numbers of players and singers, which encourages the chamber-music approach which is central to its vivid sound. Joshua Rifkin was the first to argue that Bach commonly performed his vocal works with one singer per part, rather than employ a 'choir' in the traditional sense, and it is this approach that the Magdalena Consort adopts. It is fair to say that there is still a healthy debate surrounding the question, but, from a performer's perspective, this approach facilitates communication between the performers so that the counterpoint the independence of individual musical lines which so strongly characterises Bach's music can be enjoyed with the maximum freedom. The singers associated with the Magdalena Consort are well established as international soloists, besides having considerable experience of ensemble singing, and the instrumentalists are drawn from some of the world's best-known period instrument orchestras and chamber groups.

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Try sampling track 15 - the opening number of "Herz und mund". The speed is fast, too fast for the singers and band to control; they are hanging on for dear life, and the soprano in particular is flat, insofar as one can tell what pitch anyone is at. What we hear is the sound of panic. You may find it exciting; I dislike it. It sounds to me like a sort of parody of the Gardiner way of doing Bach, and it proves that if you want to do it that way, hard-driven, emphatic, and at extreme speeds, then you had better make sure you have Gardiner to conduct it, or someone as musical and autocratic as he. Here, no-one seems to be in charge. Track 15 is the worst on the disc, true; but although elsewhere the performances are more competent, the soprano goes on singing flat, there is little light or shade, and above all there is none of that sense of the dance which Gardiner himself is so good at finding in Bach's religious music.

Peter Harvey should have known better. He was involved in the Purcell Quartet single-voice recordings of Bach cantatas on Chandos ten years ago, which had a much more experienced line-up even than that assembled here, but the result was equally uneasy. Bach is just too difficult for a bunch of chums, however expert, to get together and knock off a programme of his cantatas; you need a gifted and determined director, whether single-voice or "traditional" forces are involved.

Don't fall for the spirituality-market packaging on offer here. If you like the Gardiner way, get a Gardiner recording. There's no shortage. If you want one disc to sample the one-to-a-part style, try Joshua Rifkin's 2001 disc of Weimar cantatas on Dorian, which is both better informed, and much more musical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good sonics, but dubious intonation and variable performance 21 Sep 2014
By Colin Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Channel Classic are highly regarded for the technical quality of their recordings. This is no exception -- recorded in high resolution pure DSD with the superb Grimm D/A converters. As usual for Channel, their recordings are elegant, clean and crisp. And clarity with Bach - especially in the pursuit of the representation of parts -- is vital.

Channel and Harvey have had previous successful releases such as the excellent `Death and Devotion' Baroque SACD. And given such stalwarts of Bach cantata performance as Peter Harvey and James Gilchrist, this had all the makings of a stunner.

Unfortunately, though, I did not find this performance rewarding. Quite the opposite, I have several concerns.
First and foremost, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas has an unnerving tendency to be flat, with general intonation variability that is frankly irritating to the extreme. Her style ... which also tends towards legato ... does not always fit with the other performers, nor the character of the works ... especially in the dance-like movements which are often better-suited to a more punctuated style. I also have concern as to her extensive use of vibrato which appears overtly overdone (at least for my taste) for the genre, and inconsistent with the other performers' rendition. This is especially noticeable in the tuttis (due to the one-voice-per-part rendition).

Peter Harvey is both bass and conductor. Like trying to drive and use a mobile phone at the same time, most people typically perform worse multitasking than compared to singular devotion. In particular, his own singing is noticeably sometimes out of step with the Magdalena Consort. Sometimes, as say Track 15 or 17 ... the performance has an almost perfunctory feel. Parts do not seem to have continuity - or purpose. Vocals lines sometimes `drop out'.

There is, of course, an amazing richness of competition in the world of Bach cantata recordings. My own preferences tend towards the Gardiner edition (albeit variable, partly due to live performances), Herreweghe's recordings (especially those available in hi-res SACD), Konrad Junghanel (superb SACDs - one voice per part), the Kuijken series (one voice per part, also on SACD - also variable, but the best of them are outstanding). The performances on this Channel Classics/Harvey release adopt the one-voice-per-part approach that also serves to bring out clarity of paths, but do not seem to achieve the same intimacy of character as attained by Kuijken.

Alas, not a keeper.
Five Stars 8 Nov 2014
By Richard Hildahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent recording ofJS Bach Cantatas. Arrived in timely manner!
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