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BACH, J.S.: Easter Oratorio / Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, "Actus tragicus" (Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner)

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release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


John Eliot Gardiner


John Eliot Gardiner


Monteverdi Choir


English Baroque Soloists



Cadogan Hall, London, England, United Kingdom


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Total Time - 60:13
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BACH, J.S.: Easter Oratorio / Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, "Actus tragicus" (Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner)

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Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus"

1 Sonatina 02:41
2 Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Chorus) 01:34
3 Arioso: Ach Herr, lehre uns bedenken (Tenor) 02:13
4 Arioso: Bestelle dein Haus (Bass) 01:03
5 Arioso: Es ist der alte Bund (Soprano, Chorus) 03:32
6 Aria: In deinen hande befehle ich meinen Geist (Alto) 01:51
7 Arioso: Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sein (Bass, Chorus) 03:45
8 Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit (Chorus) 02:27

Easter Oratorio, BWV 249

9 Sinfonia 03:46
10 Adagio 03:51
11 Kommt, eilet und laufet (Chorus) 04:31
12 Recitative: O kalter Manner Sinn! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) 00:58
13 Aria: Seele, deine Spezereien (Soprano) 10:55
14 Recitative: Hier ist die Gruft (Alto, Tenor, Bass) 00:45
15 Aria: Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer (Tenor) 07:09
16 Recitative: Indessen seufzen wir (Soprano, Alto) 00:58
17 Aria: Saget, saget mit geschwinde (Alto) 05:28
18 Recitative: Wir sind erfreut (Bass) 00:34
19 Preis und Dank (Chorus) 02:12
 John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
 John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

Bach: Easter Oratorio
Hannah Morrison, Meg Bragle, Nicholas Mulroy, Peter Harvey, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Following their acclaimed release of Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists have recorded the Easter Oratorio, BWV 249, one of Bach’s less-performed choral works. The Easter Oratorio was composed originally as a simple cantata, and was later revised into a more polished piece, with a meditative emphasis and underlying narrative flavour. The work is paired with Bach’s Actus tragicus, BWV 106.

"Quite why the two works on this disc get fewer outings than some of the better-known passions and cantatas is a bit of a mystery. The Actus Tragicus is an early work, admittedly, but its craftsmanship and profound sense of musical communion ... singles it out as one of Bach’s most touching essays in choral music... John Eliot Gardiner’s sympathetic reading and replicated in a near-ideal recording that brings out every detail of Bach’s youthful orchestration... The so-called Easter Oratorio is the other work here and for interpretation and soloists goes to the top of my list – even beating Brüggen’s very fine recent version. Gardiner excels in the celebratory opening overture and chorus (stunning trumpets and drums) but also zeros in on the extended arias with which the work abounds. Hannah Morrison is quite lovely in Seele, deine spezereien while Nicholas Mulroy is breath-taking in the rustic Sanfte soll mein todeskummer. I hesitate to say “self-recommending” about anything – but in the case of Gardiner and Bach, it most certainly is."  ****½

Clive Paget - Limelight au - 11 June 2014

 "... Gardiner has known some of these piecessince childhood and he brings an exceptional intensity and power to them, while adding some that are less well-known: Tomkin’s Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, is a forgotten masterpiece..."

Nicholas Kenyon - The Observer - 25 May 2014

                               Music **** (Very Good)         Sound **** (Very Good)

Reinmar Emans - Fono Forum magazine (Germany) - June 2014


                      Performance ****      Recording *****

Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - June 2014

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