John Eliot Gardiner

Bach: Sacred Masterpieces and Cantatas

(CD - Archiv Produktion / Deutsche Grammophon #4778735)

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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

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
1 07:41
2 01:10
3 00:50
4 05:03
5 01:03
6 00:21
7 02:56
8 04:22
9 01:20
10 05:17
11 00:34
12 01:01
13 00:37
14 00:41
15 03:18
16 00:22
17 00:38
18 00:49
19 09:20
20 00:14
21 02:26
22 00:22
23 01:16
24 01:50
25 00:09
26 00:38
27 00:35
28 00:43
29 06:48
30 01:09
31 04:59
32 00:20
33 00:50
34 00:22
35 00:42
36 01:55

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
1 05:31
2 00:32
3 02:16
4 05:39
5 01:22
6 04:23
7 02:10
8 05:55
9 00:22
10 01:40
11 00:44
12 03:59
13 00:11
14 00:29
15 01:23
16 05:34
17 00:25
18 00:54
19 04:59
20 00:42
21 00:56
22 04:24
23 01:02
24 01:01
25 00:23
26 01:51
27 03:59
28 00:37
29 03:25

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 06:58
2 00:35
3 00:38
4 02:51
5 00:52
6 04:13
7 00:35
8 04:42
9 01:54
10 00:42
11 02:33
12 01:17
13 02:56
14 00:52
15 00:50
16 00:51 Amazon
17 00:51
18 01:27
19 01:57
20 04:56
21 00:37
22 00:53
23 04:01
24 01:07
25 00:57
26 02:25
27 05:27
28 01:48
29 06:01

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 03:29
2 00:51
3 00:39
4 01:01
5 01:15
6 03:33
7 01:54
8 00:42
9 02:18
10 06:43
11 00:53
12 01:43
13 02:52
14 02:01
15 00:57
16 02:08
17 00:38
18 00:14
19 01:04
20 05:18
21 01:50
22 00:56
23 06:48

Track Listing - Disc 5

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
1 01:00
2 01:46
3 00:52
4 00:31
5 06:06
6 03:25
7 01:25
8 03:17
9 02:03
10 01:08
11 02:27
12 01:57
13 05:57
14 02:30
15 01:36
16 05:09

Track Listing - Disc 6

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. John Passion, BWV 245
1 09:13
2 02:14
3 00:47
4 01:00
5 00:50
6 00:45
7 04:45
8 00:15
9 03:24
10 02:46
11 01:31
12 01:47
13 02:24
14 01:17
15 01:06
16 03:55
17 01:24
18 01:51
19 02:20
20 08:09

Track Listing - Disc 7

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. John Passion, BWV 245
1 05:22
2 00:49
3 03:53
4 03:55
5 02:06
6 00:54
7 03:21
8 01:02
9 01:19
10 05:19
11 00:24
12 04:01
13 00:25
14 00:56
15 06:56
16 02:01
17 01:02
18 02:09
19 06:48
20 01:46

Track Listing - Disc 9

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mass in B minor, BWV 232
1 01:54
2 01:52
3 04:10
4 03:25
5 03:09
6 03:48
7 05:30
8 02:32
9 03:34
10 05:25
11 02:35
12 04:48
13 02:35
14 05:47
15 03:21

Track Listing - Disc 10

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
1 02:48
2 02:16
3 02:13
4 01:09
5 02:00
6 03:25
7 01:44
8 01:46
9 02:46
10 02:01
11 01:24
12 02:23
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, cantata for the 15th Sunday after Trinity and for general use, BWV 51
13 04:04
14 01:51
15 04:14
16 03:28
17 02:01

Track Listing - Disc 11

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
1 02:47
2 01:19
3 04:16
4 01:07
5 03:46
6 00:53
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36
7 04:10
8 03:20
9 04:49
10 01:18
11 03:31
12 01:43
13 08:53
14 00:46
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62
15 04:26
16 06:19
17 00:39
18 05:20
19 00:48
20 00:39

Track Listing - Disc 12

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, cantata for the 1st Day of Christmas, BWV 63
1 04:55
2 03:18
3 06:48
4 00:44
5 03:19
6 00:52
7 06:37
Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget, cantata for the 3rd Day of Christmas, BWV 64
8 02:32
9 00:43
10 00:43
11 00:54
12 05:35
13 01:00
14 05:33
15 01:10
Christum wir sollen loben schon, cantata for the 2nd Day of Christmas, BWV 121
16 02:39
17 04:38
18 01:02
19 07:26
20 00:49
21 01:03
Ich freue mich in dir, cantata for the 3rd Day of Christmas, BWV 133
22 04:11
23 04:06
24 00:58
25 07:25
26 00:57
27 01:05

Track Listing - Disc 13

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, cantata for the 21st Sunday after Trinity, BWV 98
1 03:56
2 00:53
3 03:17
4 00:55
5 03:55
Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott, cantata for the 23rd Sunday after Trinity, BWV 139
6 04:59
7 05:02
8 00:35
9 04:37
10 00:39
11 00:52
Herr Gott, dich loben wir, cantata for New Year's Day (Feast of the Circumcision), BWV 16
12 01:36
13 01:07
14 03:31
15 01:15
16 07:24
17 01:00

Track Listing - Disc 14

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, BWV 72
1 03:24
2 05:47
3 00:56
4 03:41
5 01:19
Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir, BWV 73
6 04:05
7 03:13
8 00:27
9 03:25
10 00:58
Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit, BWV 111
11 04:16
12 02:37
13 00:47
14 05:13
15 00:52
16 01:23
Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV 156
17 02:30
18 04:37
19 01:21
20 03:53
21 00:54
22 01:27

Track Listing - Disc 15

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde, BWV 83
1 06:47
2