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Various: Bach and Beyond (Vespers/ Missa In Illa Tempore/ Magnificat Ii) Box set

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  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Johann Rudolf Ahle, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Kuhnau, et al.
  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 15
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B003Q8XJTM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. MONTEVERDI: Vespers, Missa in illa tempore
2. Magnificat II a 6 voci
3. SCHÜTZ: Geistliche Chormusik, SWV 369-397
4. Die 7 Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz
5. AHLE: Selected Vocal Music
6. BUXTEHUDE: Membra Jesu nostril
7. KUHNAU: Magnificat
8. VIVALDI: Recorder Concertos
9. ZELENKA: Two Magnificats
10. J.S. BACH: Magnificat, Selected Choirs, Goldberg variations, Violin Concertos, Wedding & Coffee Cantatas
11. HÄNDEL: Messiah
12. C.P.E. BACH: Cello Concertos

Product Description

Widely regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Bach's music today, Masaaki Suzuki has made his name both as the artistic director of the Bach Collegium Japan and as a performer on the harpsichord and the organ. Much interest has been focussed on the BCJ/Suzuki series of Bach Cantatas, begun in 1995 and reaching its final stretch with the recent release of Volume 46 (of a projected 55 discs). Hailed by the international music press, this monumental undertaking has acquired a world-wide following. From the very beginning of the collaboration with BIS, however, there have been numerous recording projects beyond the sacred cantatas of Johannes Sebastian, and, indeed, beyond Bach himself. Some of these acclaimed recordings can now be found in a limited edition boxed set, released in connection with the 20th anniversary of Bach Collegium Japan this year. Apart from Bach himself, the composers represented in the set are illustrious forerunners such as Monteverdi and the German quartet of Schütz, Buxtehude, Ahle and Kuhnau, Bach's contemporaries Vivaldi, Handel and Zelenka, and finally his own son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel. Works included are from a wide range of genres, including vocal music as well as instrumental, secular as well as sacred, scores involving large forces as well as solo works. The members of the Bach Collegium Japan are joined in their music-making by a number of distinguished soloists, and there is also an opportunity to sample the harpsichord-playing of Masaaki Suzuki in his acclaimed recording of the Goldberg Variations. The eminently price-worthy set consists of eleven previously released titles, accompanied by the original booklets and full information. It also includes 'A Choral Year with J.S. Bach', a newly made compilation of Masaaki Suzuki's personal selection from famous movements in Bach's cantatas, ordered according to the Lutheran Church Calendar from Advent to Reformation Day.

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By Andrew Kluth on 11 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I picked this up as an aide as to what Bach's Magnificat should sound like when it's well sung. I had, for the first time since school, signed up to sing in a choir and had no idea what I was doing. Bad choice as a guide at my level, but inspired in terms of just the joy of listening to such beautiful music so beautifully played and sung.
Other reviews have commented very well on the composers and specific pieces in detail, so I won't repeat them. Suffice to say that the CDs are all outstanding, but all pale in comparison with the CD with the various Magnificats. It has been on my CD player more than any other since I bought this box set.
A true joy to listen to. I find out more and more about the music on these CDs every time I listen to them. I'm not a musician myself, but here I can really feel how Suzuki and his team are really telling stories with their interpretations of these great pieces of music.
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Outstanding Performances and Selection of Pieces 11 Oct. 2013
By Rodolfo - Published on Amazon.com
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Bach Collegium Japan comes through again with shining, warm performances.

The set is worth the price for the Ahle recording alone. After you listen, you will agree that it is a notable injustice that Ahle's music is hardly known or available today. Born two generations before J.S. Bach, he wrote moving, gorgeous choral music. (Bach held a position in the Church of St. Blasen in Mühlhausen which Ahle had held previously.) I would like to think that this recording will eventually prompt others.

The Monteverdi recordings, especially the Vespers, are also an excellent introduction to that composer's choral music.

Even if you have already recordings of others performing some of the works in this set, as I do, it is worth buying it just for the additional recordings (and also for the sake of comparing performances of pieces you have).

Furthermore, this box set is quite a deal if you can have it for under $75 (it's worth at least twice that, if one can put a price on such fine music), and currently a number of sellers on Amazon offer it in new condition for $45-75.

In sum, you will count yourself lucky to have this. I recommend it strongly and without qualification.
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