Matthias Goerne / Hilary Hahn / Christine Schäfer / Alexander Liebreich

Bach: Violin and Voice

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 2:58
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
2 5:44
Ich bin in mir vergnügt, BWV 204
3 4:12
Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32
4 7:09
Zerreißet, zersprenget, zertrümmert die Gruft, BWV 205
5 3:29
Mass in B minor, BWV 232
6 3:49
Ich lasse dich nicht, BWV 157
7 6:18
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 59
8 3:05
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzelied, BWV 58
9 3:44
Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut, BWV 117
10 4:02
Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158
11 5:49
St Matthew Passion
12 6:29
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