J.S. Bach
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Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christoph Poppen
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Hilliard Ensemble
Soloists:Christoph Poppen, violin
Monika Mauch, soprano
David James, countertenor
John Potter, tenor
Gordon Jones, baritone
Instrumentation:Violin
Vocal
Individual Works:Auf meinen lieben Gott, from Cantata BWV 136
Den Tod ......
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Allemanda
Christ lag in Todesbanden, Chorale BWV 277
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Corrente
Den Tod ... niemand zwingen kunnt, Chorale BWV 277
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Sarabanda
Wo soll ich fliehen hin, from Cantata BWV 89
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Giga
DenTod...
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona
Christ lag in Todesbanden, Chorale BWV 277
Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott zugleich, from St. Johnūs Passion BWV 245
Befiehl Du Deine Wege, from St. Matthewūs Passion BWV 244
Jesu meine Freude, Chorale BWV 358
Auf meinen lieben Gott, from Cantata BWV 188
Jesu, Deine Passion, from St. Johnūs Passion BWV 245
In meines Herzens Grunde, from St. Johnūs Passion BWV 245
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, Chorale BWV 389
Den Tod ......
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona for violin and four voices
Den Tod ...
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:ECM
Catalog Number:ECM 1765
Year Released/Recorded:2001
Total Playing Time:61'42"
Related Web Site:http://www.ecmrecords.com/ecm/recordings/1765.html
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

A beautiful recording based on research of Professor Helga Thoene which theorizes that verses of hidden chorales exist in the Ciaccona from Partita BWV 1004. From the texts of these "secret" chorales and other symbolic musical devices, she proposes that the Ciaccona is an epitaph for Bach's first wife, Maria Barbara, who died while he was a way on a long trip.

Although the theory sounds half-baked and has been widely criticized, the music is lovely. This recording by Poppen and Hilliard alternates between solo violin and the chorales and ends with a beautiful performance of the Ciaccona on violin accompanied by the voices singing the chorale melodies. Not only is this an intereting theory but the performance is haunting and beautiful. Includes a booklet in 3 languages with extentive examples and notes regarding the project.

However, this is not the first recording based on the theory: the 1998 Glossa release "De Occulta Philosophia" by Jose Miguel Moreno (lute) and Emma Kirkby (soprano) & Carlos Mena (countertenor) takes a different, but also lovely, approach.

Both recordings are highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:10/15/2001
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