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Lamento - Bachiana III

Magdalena Kozena Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Koln
  • Conductor: Reinhard Goebel
  • Composer: Johann Christoph Bach, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Christoph Friderich Bach
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0006M4RMY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Johann Christoph Bach: Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte Lamento 7:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Languet anima mea - 1. Recitativo: Languet anima mea0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Languet anima mea - 2. Aria: O vulnera, vita coelestis 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Languet anima mea - 3. Recitativo: Amoris tui jaculo0:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Francesco Bartolomeo Conti: Languet anima mea - 5. Alleluja 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170 - 1. Aria: Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170 - 2. Rec.: Die Welt, das Sündenhaus 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170 - 3. Aria: Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170 - 4. Rec.: Wer sollte sich demnach wohl hier 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata, BWV 170 - 5. Aria: Mir ekelt mehr zu leben 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" BWV 200 - 1. Aria: "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen" 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Selma, Wq. 236 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Die Amerikanerin - Allegretto: Saide, komm! 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Die Amerikanerin - Andantino grazioso: Schön ist mein Mädchen - Repr.: Saide, komm 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Die Amerikanerin - Recitativo: Du Quell, der sich durch Goldsand schlängelt 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Die Amerikanerin - Allegro: Mein Herz fleucht ihr entgegen - Larghetto graziosos: Wie Ambraduft 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking point 22 Feb 2005
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A handful of Bachs served in less than an hour and by the lady herself, gorgeous Czech mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená. Those are promising prospects, if you ask me.
As soon as this new CD opens, with Johann Christoph Bach's enormously expressive 'Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte', threatening to come off at the seams by way of sheer passionate melancholy, you feel engrossed in this music, at the edge of your seat. Dynamically Kozená challenges the music almost to breaking point, and purists might, just might, want to discuss whether this is the exact idiomatic way to handle this music, but whichever way you look at it, is is deeply moving.
Not all the rest of the material on the CD lives up to the spectacular opening. It doesn't seem at all self-evident what to do with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's bland 'Selma', a piece that was even written for a higher soprano than Kozená's. Johann Christoph Friedrich's almost Mozartian 'Die Amerikanerin' is hardly great music either.
The lamento, the poignancy of Johann Sebastian Bach's arrangement of Conti's Catholic 'Languet anima mea' has immediacy, healthy energy and lovely detail, and is, like everything else on the CD, marvellously sung and interpreted in a highly individualistic fashion. Listen to the aria 'Tu lumen mentis es' with Kozená in dialogue with gut-strings that have truly been blessed from above. As usual conductor Reinhard Goebel and his ensemble never caress you with their sound, but rather emphasize musical issues eloquently, so you are seduced, almost unwillingly.
I hardly need to make a case for Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Vergnügte Ruh', also included here. You can disagree with tempi here, but it is great music, done with wonderful pathos and urgency.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag 26 Jan 2005
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This new recording is a mixed bag in a number of senses. In a positive sense, it offers a collection of pieces by members of the Bach family not generally so well known as the work of Johann Sebastian, who is also included on the disc. The disc covers some of the same ground as excellent recent discs by Andreas Scholl (Kantate) and Peter Harvey and Johanette Zomer (Death and Devotion) in offering devotional music by the likes of Johann Sebastian's precursor Johann Christian. Kozena is in typically fine voice and offers affecting performences, but the Scholl and Harvey/Zomer discs offer a better surveys of this kind of music overall. Kozena also offers an interesting account of a work by Johann Sebastian's son Carl Philip Emmanuel. What for me makes the work into a mixed bag in a more negative sense is above all the performance of the well-known Johann Sebastian Bach 'Vergnuegte Ruh'' which is the central item on the disc. Kozena sings well enough, but the tempos adopted by her and Musik Antiqu Koeln under Reinhard Goebel are excessively and destractingly fast. Kozena just doesn't get to unfold the picture of heavenly stillness (which is what 'Ruhe' means) that is offered by, say, Scholl and Herreweghe on their disc for Harmonia Mundi. A good enough and an interesting disc, but those who admire Kozena may be disappointed - it fails to pack the kind of revelatory punch that we have come to expect from her in her excellent discs of Handel, French operatic arias, or twentieth-century song.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEAUTFUL 'Lamento'...! 3 May 2012
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I love all music; I have from ABBA to X-Ray Spex in my collection - but I also like classical music, though I'm no expert on it. My knowledge is limited, and it might surprise some to know after that statement that the only radio station I ever listen to, is in fact Classic FM - which is where I first heard Ms. Kozena singing the gorgeous 'Lamento' which is the title piece featured for this album.

This is a truly beautiful collection - beautifully arranged, and whilst for the most part I have to be 'in the mood' for listening to classical music to fully appreciate it, I do find I can listen to this anytime.

Having such a broad taste as myself, I've always found it difficult to understand how some people only lend their ears to one type of music; country, pop, rock, heavy-metal - or classical. I guess I'm fortunate that I appreciate all styles, but I would think that this album should - or would appeal to almost anyone and everyone.

This album has certainly encouraged me to look into this lady's back catalogue, and so this has five stars from me!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's a painful admission - I'm a real fan of Ms. Kozena - but this is not one of her strongest releases. I'm not technically musical enough to say why it just lacks the spark of most of her previous recordings. If you don't already have them I'd encourage the purchase of her French Arias, Czech songs or recordings of Handel and Bach made with Mark Minkowski before investing in this collection.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lamento Almost Perfect 30 Sep 2005
By Akimon Azuki - Published on
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This is a mighty interesting selection of lesser known offerings from the Bach family, plus two better known cantatas by JSBach Sr mixed in. The opening "Ach, Dass Ich Wassers..." by Johann Christoph Bach, with its strange harmonies, reminiscent of Gesualdo's Gagliarda, is a real stunner and Kozena's heartfelt interpretation hits just the right spot. Francesco Bartolomeo Conti's "Languet anima mea", Philipp Emanuel Bach's "Selma" and Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach's "Die Amerikanerin" are great, though not quite as spectacular, by comparison. And overall, from its classy cover photo to outstanding playing of the orchestra- in 415 Hz tuning, BTW- this CD is a great package.
However, there is a slight glitch: a bizarre version of JS Bach's Cantata BWV 170. The first movement does not have to be taken at a funereal tempo, even on a disc called Lamento, but why play it at such a breakneck speed? Try and compare it to Andreas Scholl's version on his Alto Cantatas where he offers up that heavenly peace and stillnes. Then, the rushed recitativo in warbly gurgly German, then the super fast last movement... It's one thing to play Bach at quicker pace and play up the dance element of his rhythms- it's another to come up with something that sounds like a drunken barn dance; instead of a Vergnugte Ruh, it's a Verruckte Ruh. I still rather like the whole thing, but it sure is a strange approach to this cantata.
If you love Kozena's voice- and it is a voice that could sing a Windows XP programming code and make it sound beautiful- you should get this CD asap: her contralto range and that bright top extension are better than ever, the long lines, the many vocal colours, and great trills, runs and vibrato shadings are just fabulous, especially in this unusual Baroque repertoire. She deserves all the accolades and every "Osobnost roku/Artist of the Year" title coming her way.
I really like this Lamento and I find that I enjoy it more and more with repeat listenings. I would suggest checking out the sound samples first to make sure that radical BWV 170 is to your liking, but it's definitely one of the best classical music albums of 2005.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kozena Finds Recording Oeuvre in Early Music Pieces from the Bach Family 20 Sep 2005
By Ed Uyeshima - Published on
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Although she stumbled a bit on her last recital CD, "Songs" (which covered disparate song cycles from the first half of the 20th century), Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena seems a stronger match for this early music program devoted almost exclusively to members of the Bach family. With her powerfully sculpted voice, she is a masterful interpreter of Baroque music especially as she lights into her higher soprano range. Kozena opens most vibrantly with her opening lament, Johann Christoph Bach's "Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hatte", which puts voice to a sinner's guilt. There is a striking series of cantatas, "Languet anima mea", by Viennese court composer Francesco Bartolomeo Conti (not a relative but someone who apparently held favor with Johann Sebastian Bach), which closes with a stirring coloratura run of "Alleluja".

The centerpiece - and certainly the most accomplished piece here - is by the master himself, J.S. Bach's "Vergnuegte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" which showcases Kozena's dramatic acumen and luminous tone. He also contributes a lighter aria which is actually a song of praise upon seeing the baby Jesus, "Bekennen will ich seinen Namen", that makes fine use of two interweaving violins. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's "Selma" brings out her expressive range in an affecting manner though the aria is quite brief. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach's "Die Amerikanerin" seems a bit anticlimactic, as it doesn't have the compelling drama of his father J.S. Bach's work, but Kozena lends intelligence and agility to her fiery interpretation here. Music director Reinhard Goebel provides expert guidance to the period-authentic ensemble Musica Antiqua Koln. I particularly liked the flute solos played with amazing dexterity by Verena Fischer and Dorothea Seel. This is a triumphant recording for the gifted Kozena, who has heretofore had an erratic track record on disc.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Lamento 29 Oct 2005
By Stella E. - Published on
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Even though this album is called Lamento, it's not at all gloomy, and it is certainly a great vehicle for Kozena's radiant voice.
She excels on the technical level, and sings in impeccable Baroque style, but she is also very dramatically engaged and she makes these unfamiliar compositions come to life. She takes risks, both in the choice of these compositions, and stylistic choices: I like the jaunty version of Cantata BWM 170, though it is very different from what we are used to. I also like the way this album is programmed, forming a certain meditative story of sin and redemption.
I think this is Kozena's most interesting recital to date, and I am very glad I discovered this album. It's not just her singing that is brilliant, the orchestra playing is spectacular, too. Don't hesitate to give this Lamento a try, especially if you love beautifully performed, fresh sounding Baroque music.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When lamenti become things of beauty 23 Mar 2006
By Ingrid Heyn - Published on
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I become nearly speechless when contemplating this recording. It's exquisite beyond words - the almost painful beauty of Magdalena Kozena's voice creates such a personal and glorious epiphany of sorrow that it verges on the unbearable. Glorious music (including one particular aria I've not heard before, and with which I've fallen in love - I must perform it myself!), glorious singing, and glorious playing from all involved make this a recording to treasure.

Ms Kozena sings intelligently, beautifully, musically and appropriately - but more than this, she has the rare ability to sing music as though it has never been sung before. This makes her one of my favourite artists, and I simply do not hesitate when I see a new recording by her. I have not been disappointed.

One of the most powerful and moving pieces on this beautiful recording is of "Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte", the first title on the CD. It exerts a melancholic insistence, a subtle and deeply effective repeating pattern that seems to increase, rather than decrease, the musical complexity. Suzie le Blanc has also recorded this work, equally effectively. I am glad to have two such unbelievably beautiful recordings in my possession.

I do not know of anyone who, having heard this recording, does not wish to play it again.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magdalena Kozena, Oh my Goddess... 18 Mar 2006
By klavaza - Published on
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There is not much I can say after reading some of the virtuoso reviews, here at Amazon, left before me. However I cannot resist to tell that this album is as beautiful as the fantastic portrait of Kozena and that her voice will thrill you down to your very bones and then, it will take your soul to the highst spheres of inspiration.
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