Bach: Violin and Voice

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This delightful disc joins Bach's arias and duets for voice and violin, and picking these particular three artists to perform them was brilliant. Each is a turn-of-the-century discovery -- Hilary Hahn, the hotshot Kentucky violinist; Christine Schäfer, the sultry Frankfurt soprano; and Matthias Goerne, the brawny Weimer baritone -- and each has earned a star's place on the world's stages and recording studios. Each also has an affinity for the inward and spiritual music of Bach, and this disc lets them tackle works they might otherwise have to pass by. The program begins and ends with arias from the "St. Matthew Passion": Goerne's robust "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder," to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This delightful disc joins Bach's arias and duets for voice and violin, and picking these particular three artists to perform them was brilliant. Each is a turn-of-the-century discovery -- Hilary Hahn, the hotshot Kentucky violinist; Christine Schäfer, the sultry Frankfurt soprano; and Matthias Goerne, the brawny Weimer baritone -- and each has earned a star's place on the world's stages and recording studios. Each also has an affinity for the inward and spiritual music of Bach, and this disc lets them tackle works they might otherwise have to pass by. The program begins and ends with arias from the "St. Matthew Passion": Goerne's robust "Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder," to start, and Schäfer's soulful "Erbarme dich," to close. In between, the singers pair with Hahn in a sequence of excerpts from Bach's cantatas, and each artist gives his/her best in performances full of characteristic touches: Hahn's sweet but discreet vibrato, Schäfer's subtle but sensual glissando, Goerne's poetic but passionate phrasing. Accompanied with sensitivity by the Münchener Kammerorchester under Alexander Liebreich and recorded with clarity by Deutsche Grammophon, this recital deserves to be heard by anyone who enjoys the artists or, of course, the music.
The Independent - Andy Gill
An album of intriguing novelty, grace and subtlety.
The Guardian - Nicholas Kenyon
There is something touchingly old-fashioned about this attractive collection of Bach arias that feature the violin, and it has clearly been a labour of love for young violinist Hilary Hahn.... The results are always transparent.
Sacramento Bee - Edward Ortiz
This engaging CD brims with noteworthy vocal performances as baritone Matthias Goerne and soprano Christine Schäfer team up with violinist Hilary Hahn to create a dream trio.... Hahn's playing, as expected, is well-shaped and finely meshed.
Financial Times - Andrew Clark
The best bits are the obbligato violin introductions and accompaniments by Hilary Hahn, who reveals herself as a Bach interpreter of surprising substance.

There is something touchingly old-fashioned about this attractive collection of Bach arias that feature the violin, and it has clearly been a labour of love for young violinist Hilary Hahn.... The results are always transparent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947780922
  • Catalog Number: 001383202
  • Sales rank: 14,697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (2:58)
  2. 2 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Duet: Wann kommst du, mein Heil? - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (5:44)
  3. 3 Cantata No. 204, "Ich bin in mir vergnügt," BWV 204 (BC G45): Aria: Die Schätzbarkeit der weiten Erden - Johann Sebastian Bach & Münchener Kammerorchester (4:12)
  4. 4 Cantata No. 32, "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen," BWV 32 (BC A31): Aria: Hier in meines Vaters Stätte - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (7:09)
  5. 5 Cantata No. 205, "Zerreisset, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft," BWV 205 (BC G36): Aria: Angenehmer Zephyrus - Johann Sebastian Bach & Münchener Kammerorchester (3:29)
  6. 6 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Aria: Laudamus te - Johann Sebastian Bach & Münchener Kammerorchester (3:49)
  7. 7 Cantata No. 157, "Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn," BWV 157 (BC A170): Aria: Ja, ja, ich halte Jesum feste - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (6:18)
  8. 8 Cantata No. 59, "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten," BWV 59 (BC A82): Aria: Die Welt mit allen Königreichen - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (3:05)
  9. 9 Cantata No. 58, "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid," BWV 58 (BC A26): Aria: Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden - Johann Sebastian Bach & Münchener Kammerorchester (3:44)
  10. 10 Cantata No. 117, "Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut," BWV 117 (BC A187): Aria: Wenn Trost und Hülf ermangeln muss - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (4:02)
  11. 11 Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede sei mit dir," BWV 158 (BC A61): Aria & Chorale: Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde - Johann Sebastian Bach & Matthias Goerne (5:49)
  12. 12 St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria: Erbarme dich - Johann Sebastian Bach & Felix Mendelssohn (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine Schäfer Primary Artist
Hilary Hahn Primary Artist
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