Bach: Alles mit Gott

Bach: Alles mit Gott

by John Eliot Gardiner
     
 
What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is that rarest of rare things: a genuine world-premiere recording of a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach appropriately entitled "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn'" (All with Got and Nothing Without). A single-movement cantata setting of a birthday ode for Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar composed in 1713, the work was discovered in

Overview

What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is that rarest of rare things: a genuine world-premiere recording of a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach appropriately entitled "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn'" (All with Got and Nothing Without). A single-movement cantata setting of a birthday ode for Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar composed in 1713, the work was discovered in the collection of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in June 2005. Searching for source documentation of German music during the Baroque period, musicologist Michael Maul found the anonymous manuscript and immediately identified Bach's characteristically elegant soprano clef sign. In this recording by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, violinists Alison Bury and Kati Debretzeni, violist Katherine McGillivray, cellist Alison McGillivray, organist Silas John Standage, and lutinist David Miller, "Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn'" receives a deeply affectionate, profoundly dedicated, and wonderfully musical performance. However, because the work lasts only 12:20 and there were no other Bach premieres to fill up the disc, the remainder of the program consists of 10 movements drawn from various Bach sacred cantatas performed by the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, and a host of vocal and instrumental soloists all under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. Although the prospect of 10 seemingly random movements might appear daunting at first, they are in fact arranged into a kind of pastiche cantata of amazing aesthetic effectiveness. More importantly, the tender and intimate interpretations of Gardiner and his forces make each moment of each movement astonishingly emotionally affecting. Monteverdi Productions' sound is warm and close.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
An intimate and clear-headed performance [of the recently rediscovered "Alles mit Gott"].... The remainder of the disc is not merely a tester of future Cantata Pilgrimage releases but a thoughtfully conceived exposé of contrasting movements.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Soli Deo Gloria
UPC:
0843183011421
catalogNumber:
114
Rank:
247569

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  1. Alles mit Gott, nichts ohn' ihn, sacred song for voice & continuo, BWV 1127  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Nigel Boon  - Alison Bury  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Katherine McGillivray  - David Miller  - Michel Roubinet  - Silas Standage  - Alison McGillivray  - Isabella de Sabata  - Kati Debretzeni  - Elin Manahan Thomas  - Steve McCurry  - Johann Anton Mylius
  2. Cantata No. 182, "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen," BWV 182 (BC A53): No. 1. Sinfonia  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Catherine Latham  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Maya Homburger  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  3. Cantata No. 182, "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen," BWV 182 (BC A53): No. 2. Coro. Himmelskönig, sei willkommen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Salomon Franck  - John Eliot Gardiner  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  4. Cantata No. 54, "Widerstehe doch der Sünde," BWV 54 (BC A51): No. 1. Aria. Widerstehe doch der Sünde  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Georg Christian Lehms  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Nathalie Stutzmann  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  5. Cantata No. 71, "Gott ist mein König," BWV 71 (BC B1): No. 7. Coro. du wollest dem Feinde  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  6. Cantata No. 155, "Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange," BWV 155 (BC A32): No. 4. Aria. Wirf, mein Herze, wirf dich noch  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Salomon Franck  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Joanne Lunn  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  7. Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130): No. 2. Aria. Duetto. Wir eilen mit schwachen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Robin Tyson  - Malin Hartelius  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  8. Cantata No. 190, "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied," BWV 190 (BC A21): No. 5. Aria. Duetto. Jesus soll mein alles sein  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - James Gilchrist  - Peter Harvey  - Katherine McGillivray  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry
  9. Cantata No. 151, "Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt," BWV 151 (BC A17): No. 1. Aria. Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rachel Beckett  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Georg Christian Lehms  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Isabella de Sabata  - Gillian Keith  - Steve McCurry
  10. Cantata No. 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem," BWV 159 (BC A50): No. 4. Aria. Es ist vollbracht  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - Peter Harvey  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Isabella de Sabata  - Steve McCurry  - Xenia Löffler
  11. Cantata No. 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem," BWV 159 (BC A50): No. 5. Choral. Jesu, deine Passion  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Michel Roubinet  - Richard Stokes  - Isabella de Sabata  - Paul Stockmann  - Steve McCurry

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