Johann Sebastian Bach – Lutheran Masses II – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – Lutheran Masses II – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:30 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: eClassical | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ BIS Records
Recorded: February 2014 (BWV 233, 234) and February 2015 (Peranda) at Kobe Shoin Women’s University Chapel, Japan

By Bach’s time, the traditional forms of church service had been fundamentally altered by the Reformation, and in German churches Latin had yielded to the country’s own language. To an extent, however, the Latin mass text did remain in use in Protestant church music – in particular the Kyrie and Gloria sections. Albeit incomplete, this form of mass setting was termed ‘Missa’; nowadays the pieces are often referred to as ‘Lutheran Masses’. Bach’s famous Mass in B minor, later expanded into a complete mass, began its existence as a work of this kind, and four other examples from Bach’s pen have survived. The recent release of the Missae in G minor and G major (BWV 235 and 236) caused the reviewers in Gramophone and Fono Forum to eagerly look forward to the sequel, and Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have not kept them waiting. Like their companion works, the two Lutheran Masses recorded here make extensive use of earlier compositions by Bach and include reworkings of arias and choruses from cantatas, but each of the four masses also has its own unmistakable artistic profile. The most telling detail on the present disc is the instrumentation, where Bach’s choice of flutes in BWV 234 and of horns and oboes in BWV 233 contributes to the individual character of each work. In his task of supplying the music for church services Bach also performed music by other composers, among them Marco Gioseppe Peranda whose Kyrie-Gloria mass closes the disc. Born in 1625, Peranda trained in Rome, and was active in the Dresden Hofkapelle from the 1650s until his death in 1675. Copies in Bach’s hand of parts of Peranda’s splendidly contrapuntal Missa in A minor exist, and it is likely that Bach performed the work during the latter part of his Leipzig period.

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C.P.E. Bach, Graun, Hesse – Trios for Fortepiano & Viola da Gamba – Lucile Boulanger, Arnaud de Pasquale, Laurent Stewart (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

C.P.E. Bach, Graun, Hesse – Trios for Fortepiano & Viola da Gamba – Lucile Boulanger, Arnaud de Pasquale, Laurent Stewart (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:30 minutes | 1.4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ Alpha Productions / Outhere Music
Recorded: from 20 to 24 December 2014 at Studio Flagey, Brussels (Belgium)

For this second recording in duo, Lucile Boulanger and Arnaud de Pasquale propose a journey to 18th-century Germany, in the marvellous setting of the Sans Souci palace where Frederick II of Prussia had established his court.

This disc, reflecting the extraordinary conjuncture experienced by the court of Berlin under Frederick II, brings together some of the virtuosic works for viola da gamba and fortepiano by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Johann Gottlieb Graun or Ludwig Christian Hesse and attesting to the results of fruitful collaborations between the composers at that court.

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