John Eliot Gardiner

Bach: Sacred Masterpieces and Cantatas

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Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Productions' 22-disc set of J.S. Bach's sacred choral works isn't a complete traversal of the composer's choral music, but the major and best-known works are all here, plus a number of more obscure ones. The Mass in B minor, the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the Christmas Oratorio, and the Magnificat are included, as well as 35 cantatas. The compilation reissues all of the performances that John Eliot Gardiner, leading the Monteverdi Choir and the original instrument orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists, recorded between 1983 and 2000 for Philips or Deutsche Grammophon. Gardiner and his forces, outstanding talents and leading proponents of historically informed performance practice, deliver splendid accounts of Bach's vibrant music. Many of the recordings have been hailed as among the finest ever of these pieces and have been showered with awards and honors. The soloists, some of the brightest Baroque singers of the late 20th century, include Emma Kirkby, Bernarda Fink, Magdalena Kozená, Anne Sofie von Otter, Sara Mingardo, Derek Lee Ragin, Mark Padmore, and Anthony Rolfe Johnson. The recorded sound, it almost goes without saying, is engineered at the very high standards for which Philips and DG are known. With a list price of just over two dollars a disc, the compilation is a remarkable bargain. This is a set that fans of Bach, or of Baroque music, or of stellar vocal and choral singing will not want to miss.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
1 7:41
2 1:10
3 0:50
4 5:03
5 1:03
6 0:21
7 2:56
8 4:22
9 1:20
10 5:17
11 0:34
12 1:01
13 0:37
14 0:41
15 3:18
16 0:22
17 0:38
18 0:49
19 9:20
20 0:14
21 2:26
22 0:22
23 1:16
24 1:50
25 0:09
26 0:38
27 0:35
28 0:43
29 6:48
30 1:09
31 4:59
32 0:20
33 0:50
34 0:22
35 0:42
36 1:55

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
1 5:31
2 0:32
3 2:16
4 5:39
5 1:22
6 4:23
7 2:10
8 5:55
9 0:22
10 1:40
11 0:44
12 3:59
13 0:11
14 0:29
15 1:23
16 5:34
17 0:25
18 0:54
19 4:59
20 0:42
21 0:56
22 4:24
23 1:02
24 1:01
25 0:23
26 1:51
27 3:59
28 0:37
29 3:25

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 6:58
2 0:35
3 0:38
4 2:51
5 0:52
6 4:13
7 0:35
8 4:42
9 1:54
10 0:42
11 2:33
12 1:17
13 2:56
14 0:52
15 0:50
16 0:51 Amazon
17 0:51
18 1:27
19 1:57
20 4:56
21 0:37
22 0:53
23 4:01
24 1:07
25 0:57
26 2:25
27 5:27
28 1:48
29 6:01

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 3:29
2 0:51
3 0:39
4 1:01
5 1:15
6 3:33
7 1:54
8 0:42
9 2:18
10 6:43
11 0:53
12 1:43
13 2:52
14 2:01
15 0:57
16 2:08
17 0:38
18 0:14
19 1:04
20 5:18
21 1:50
22 0:56
23 6:48

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 1:00
2 1:46
3 0:52
4 0:31
5 6:06
6 3:25
7 1:25
8 3:17
9 2:03
10 1:08
11 2:27
12 1:57
13 5:57
14 2:30
15 1:36
16 5:09

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. John Passion, BWV 245
1 9:13
2 2:14
3 0:47
4 1:00
5 0:50
6 0:45
7 4:45
8 0:15
9 3:24
10 2:46
11 1:31
12 1:47
13 2:24
14 1:17
15 1:06
16 3:55
17 1:24
18 1:51
19 2:20
20 8:09

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. John Passion, BWV 245
1 5:22
2 0:49
3 3:53
4 3:55
5 2:06
6 0:54
7 3:21
8 1:02
9 1:19
10 5:19
11 0:24
12 4:01
13 0:25
14 0:56
15 6:56
16 2:01
17 1:02
18 2:09
19 6:48
20 1:46

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mass in B minor, BWV 232
1 1:54
2 1:52
3 4:10
4 3:25
5 3:09
6 3:48
7 5:30
8 2:32
9 3:34
10 5:25
11 2:35
12 4:48
13 2:35
14 5:47
15 3:21