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Johannes Passion BWV 245

La Petite Bande

Johannes Passion BWV 245

Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917254525
Catnr: CC 72545
Release date: 02 March 2012
2 SACD hybrid
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917254525
Catalogue number
CC 72545
Release date
02 March 2012

"Christoph Genz is an outstanting Evangelist. And the soloists, too, are excellent."

BBC Music Magazine, 01-9-2012
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"During Bach’s lifetime there were four different performances, each time with new modifications, some in response to the circumstances at the time, others influenced by which musicians and instruments he then had at his disposal. However Bach experimented to the greatest degree with the second version, dating from 1725: for instance, he used a different opening chorus (which was later to become the closing chorus of the first part of the St Matthew Passion, a work yet to be composed at this stage) and a couple of other arias near the end of the work. For the later performances he reverted to his first version from 1724, albeit with some differences in instrumentation. For instance, in the final version he includes a bassono grosso, but no one knows for certain which instrument he had in mind; possibly a 16-foot bassoon, i.e. a contrabassoon, a veritable chimney pot two metres in length. However, he scored this instrument in combination with the delicate sound of the lute and two violas d’amore, of all things! I cannot believe that Bach would opt for such an instrument in this passage; an 8-foot bassoon is more likely and the term bassono grosso probably indicates this more modern type of instrument rather than the earlier dulcian, although the latter had not totally fallen out of fashion at the time. However, I would not venture a definite opinion as to what bassono grosso means in this context. So we did not use this instrument: this was yet another reason to stick with the first version, since it raises fewer uncertain issues. Nevertheless, there are still various grey areas involved. Even prior to the first performance, before making the individual orchestral parts, Bach began to write out the score in fine calligraphy, a task he did not complete; and this score deviates in some aspects from the orchestral material used in the actual performance. The process of determining the most probable historical truth continues to have elements reminiscent of a detective novel; anyway, it will never be possible to clarify certain details." - Sigiswald Kuijken
De Johannespassion in een ander jasje
Deze uitvoering van Johann Sebastian Bachs Johannespassion is gemaakt door het Vlaamse ensemble La Petite Bande en zijn artistiek leidinggevende Sigiswald Kuijken. Het is uitgevoerd door een klein aantal zangeres en instrumentalisten, eenstemmig uitgevoerd door een koor.

La Petite Bande - samengesteld uit internationaal erkende specialisten in oude muziek - werd door Kuijken opgericht in 1972 in opdracht van het muzieklabel Harmonia Mundi om Lully's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme onder leiding van de, in 2012 overleden grootheid in de oude muziek, Gustav Leonhardt op te nemen. Het succes van de opname van Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme maakte dat er regelmatig concerten werden gegeven. Hoewel La Petite Bande oorspronkelijk bedoeld was als een tijdelijk gezelschap, is het repertoire door de jaren heen uitgebreid en omvat het nu ook muziek van Italiaanse componisten en bijvoorbeeld Bach, Händel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart.

De Johannespassion is gedurende Bachs leven op 4 verschillende manieren uitgevoerd. Deze uitvoeringen werden beïnvloed door politieke omstandigheden of de musici en instrumenten die op dat moment voor Bach beschikbaar waren. Sigiswald Kuijken, dirigent en specialist op het gebied van oude muziek, koos na uitgebreid onderzoek voor de 1e versie van Bach's Johannespassion.
Solistische Besetzung mit La Petite Bande

In dieser Aufnahme übernimmt der solistisch besetzte Chor ebenfalls die großen und kleinen Solisten-Partien, wie meist bei La Petite Bande unter Sigiswald Kuijken. Dadurch entsteht ein faszinierend transparenter, direkter und purer Klang und extrem schlichter aber intensiver Ausdruck, der seinesgleichen sucht.

Pressezitate zu CC72316 Bach: H-Moll-Messe – La Petite Bande:
„Eine Einspielung, die Geschichte machen wird.“ Michael Wersin, RONDO 12.06.2009

„Kuijken gelingt eine in sich geschlossene, stellenweise betont geschmeidige und organische Lesart...Diese Musik fließt in ihrem natürlichen Bett, angenehm federnd, ohne unnötige dramaturgische Aufrauungen und ohne künstliche Affekte“ Christoph Vratz, SWR 2 27.06.2009

Artist(s)

Petra Noskaiová

The Slovak mezzo-soprano, Petra Noskaiová, studied Music at the Bratislava Conservatory from 1988 to 1994 and vocal music with Ruena Illenbergova. Since her main fields of interest were the Baroque and the Renaissance liturgical music, she further studied with Marius van Altena, Harry van der Kamp and Sigiswald Kuijken. Later, she participated in master-classes under the baton of Sigiswald Kuijken. Petra Noskaiová has worked regularly with numerous musical ensembles such as Musica Aeterna Bratislava, Capella Regia Musicalis, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inegal, Teatro Lirico, La Petite Bande, and acompanied also Andrew Parrott, Stephen Stubbs, Sigiswald Kuijken, Harry van der Kamp, Suzie LeBlanc, Howard Crook, Barbara Schlick and Paul Elliott. Her recent projects are J.M. Leclair's Scylla and Glaucus with the Collegium Marianum under the baton of Simon Standage in Prague, and W.A. Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Sieben letzte Worte with the La Petite Bande under the baton of Sigiswald Kuijken. Petra Noskaiová regularly performs...
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The Slovak mezzo-soprano, Petra Noskaiová, studied Music at the Bratislava Conservatory from 1988 to 1994 and vocal music with Ruena Illenbergova. Since her main fields of interest were the Baroque and the Renaissance liturgical music, she further studied with Marius van Altena, Harry van der Kamp and Sigiswald Kuijken. Later, she participated in master-classes under the baton of Sigiswald Kuijken.
Petra Noskaiová has worked regularly with numerous musical ensembles such as Musica Aeterna Bratislava, Capella Regia Musicalis, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inegal, Teatro Lirico, La Petite Bande, and acompanied also Andrew Parrott, Stephen Stubbs, Sigiswald Kuijken, Harry van der Kamp, Suzie LeBlanc, Howard Crook, Barbara Schlick and Paul Elliott. Her recent projects are J.M. Leclair's Scylla and Glaucus with the Collegium Marianum under the baton of Simon Standage in Prague, and W.A. Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Sieben letzte Worte with the La Petite Bande under the baton of Sigiswald Kuijken.
Petra Noskaiová regularly performs for the Slovak Radio and produces recordings for Slovart, Dynamic and Matou. In addirion, she paricipates oftenly at prestigious international festivals such as the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Days of Early Music in Bratislava and the Festival of Ambronay.

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La Petite Bande

La Petite Bande (Belgium) was founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken at the request of the record company Harmonia Mundi (Germany) in order to record Lully's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt. The orchestra takes its name and constitution from Lully's own orchestra at the court of Louis XIV. All its members are internationally renowned specialists in the early music field. Although originally La Petite Bande was not meant to become a permanent orchestra, the success of the recordings was such that they began to give concerts regularly. Having initially concentrated mainly on French music, the orchestra's repertoire has expanded over the years to include music by the Italian masters and that of Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart...
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La Petite Bande (Belgium) was founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken at the request of the record company Harmonia Mundi (Germany) in order to record Lully's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt. The orchestra takes its name and constitution from Lully's own orchestra at the court of Louis XIV. All its members are internationally renowned specialists in the early music field.

Although originally La Petite Bande was not meant to become a permanent orchestra, the success of the recordings was such that they began to give concerts regularly. Having initially concentrated mainly on French music, the orchestra's repertoire has expanded over the years to include music by the Italian masters and that of Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and others.

The 18-part CD series 'Cantatas of J.S. Bach' (ACCENT) is complete since February 2014. Sigiswald Kuijken

applies the latest findings in Bach research: no choir, but rather a vocal quartet together with a minimal instrumental scoring. In this way, the fine musical texture of these cantatas can be much better (and more naturally) revealed.

La Petite Bande has recorded instrumental as well as vocal music, including operas and oratorios from the Baroque and Classical periods. La Petite Bande currently makes recordings for Accent, Challenge, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Denon, Seon/Virgin and Hyperion.

La Petite Bande has performed in a multitude of international festivals and concert series, in Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and China.

From 1997 to 2018, La Petite Bande was resident in the city of Leuven.


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Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor)

Sigiswald Kuijken was born in 1944 close to Brussels. He studied violin at the conservatories of Bruges and Brussels, completing his studies at the latter institution with Maurice Raskin in 1964. He came into contact with early music at a very young age, together with his brother Wieland. Studying on his own, he gained a thorough knowledge of specific 17th- and 18th-century performance techniques and conventions of interpretation on violin and viola da gamba. This led to the introduction, in 1969, of a more authentic way of playing the violin, whereby the instrument was no longer held under the chin, but lay freely on the shoulder;  this was to have a crucial influence on the approach to the violin repertoire...
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Sigiswald Kuijken was born in 1944 close to Brussels. He studied violin at the conservatories of Bruges and Brussels, completing his studies at the latter institution with Maurice Raskin in 1964. He came into contact with early music at a very young age, together with his brother Wieland. Studying on his own, he gained a thorough knowledge of specific 17th- and 18th-century performance techniques and conventions of interpretation on violin and viola da gamba. This led to the introduction, in 1969, of a more authentic way of playing the violin, whereby the instrument was no longer held under the chin, but lay freely on the shoulder; this was to have a crucial influence on the approach to the violin repertoire and was consequently adopted by many players starting in the early 1970s.
From 1964 to 1972, Sigiswald Kuijken was a member of the Brussels-based Alarius Ensemble (with Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen and Janine Rubinlicht), which performed throughout Europe and in the United States. He subsequently undertook individual chamber music projects with a number of Baroque music specialists, chief among which were his brothers Wieland and Barthold and Robert Kohnen, as well as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Anner Bylsma and René Jacobs.
In 1972, with the encouragement of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Gustav Leonhardt, he founded the Baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, which since then has given innumerable concerts throughout Europe, Australia, South America, China and Japan, and has made many recordings for a number of labels (including Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Seon, Virgin, Accent, Denon, Hyperion and Challenge.
In 1986 he founded the Kuijken String Quartet (with François Fernandez, Marleen Thiers and Wieland Kuijken), which specialises in the quartets and quintets of the Classical period. Recordings of quartets and quintets by Mozart and Haydn have appeared on Denon and Challenge.
Since 1998 Sigiswald Kuijken occasionally brings together two generations Kuijken (his daughters Veronica and Sara and his brother Wieland) to perform string quartets of later periods (Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Schubert) often combined with Lieder by Marie Kuijken, soprano and also daughter of Sigiswald, and Veronica Kuijken, piano. Recordings of the two generations have been made for Arcana and Challenge Records.
In 2004 Sigiswald Kuijken reintroduced in practical performance the violoncello da spalla (shoulder cello) very probably the instrument Bach had in mind when writing his six suites for violoncello solo.
From 1971 to 1996, Sigiswald Kuijken taught Baroque violin at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and from 1993 to 2009 at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium in Brussels.
For many years he was a guest teacher at institutions such as the Royal College of Music in London, Salamanca University, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Conservatoire of Geneva and the Musikhochschule of Leipzig. Since 1998, Sigiswald Kuijken occasionally conducts “modern” symphonic orchestras in romantic programs ( Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn).

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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Press

Christoph Genz is an outstanting Evangelist. And the soloists, too, are excellent.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-9-2012

Kuijken reveals a far more gratifying perspective of where less is more - physically and emotionally
Gramophone, 01-9-2012

I've listened several times to this account of the St. John Passion and I've enjoyed it every time. More importantly, I've found it a rewarding experience and I hope that other listeners who hear it will feel the same way. 
Music Web International, 01-7-2012

The playing is flexible and crystal-clear, and the singing matches it. The recording is of high quality in a full but not resonant acoustic.
Early Music Review, 01-6-2012

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Disc #1
01.
First Part: Chorus: Herr, unser Herrscher
09:31
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
02.
First Part: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern - Chorus: Jesum von Nazareth - Recitative: Jesus spricht zu ihnen
02:07
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
03.
First Part: Chorale: O große Lieb
00:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
04.
First Part: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfüllet würde
01:02
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
05.
First Part: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh
00:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
06.
First Part: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann
00:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
07.
First Part: Aria: Von den Stricken meiner Sünden
05:05
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
08.
First Part: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu
00:12
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
09.
First Part: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls
03:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
10.
First Part: Recitative: Derselbige Jünger
02:45
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
11.
First Part: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen
01:27
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
12.
First Part: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn - Chorus: Bist du nicht seiner Jünger einer? - Recitative: Er leugnete aber und sprach
02:03
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
13.
First Part: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn
02:34
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
14.
First Part: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück
01:01
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande

Disc #2
01.
Second Part: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht
01:01
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
02.
Second Part: Recitative: Da führeten sie Jesum von Kaipha vor das Richthaus - Chorus: Wäre dieser nicht ein Übeltäter
03:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
03.
Second Part: Chorale: Ach, großer König
01:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
04.
Second Part: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm - Chorus: Nicht diesen, sondern Barrabam! - Recitative: Barrabas aber war ein Mörder!
01:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
05.
Second Part: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel
02:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
06.
Second Part: Aria: Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken
07:31
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
07.
Second Part: Recitative: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten - Chorus: Sei gegrüßet, lieber Judenkönig - Recitative: Und gaben ihm
05:22
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
08.
Second Part: Chorale: Durch dein Gefängnis
00:45
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
09.
Second Part: Recitative: Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen - Chorus: Lässest du diesen los - Recitative: Da Pilatus das Wort hörete
03:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
10.
Second Part: Chorus & Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen
03:57
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
11.
Second Part: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn - Chorus: Schreibe nicht: der Jüden König - Recitative: Pilatus antwortet
01:53
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
12.
Second Part: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde
00:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
13.
Second Part: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber - Chorus: Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen - Recitative: Auf dass erfüllet würde
03:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
14.
Second Part: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht
01:00
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
15.
Second Part: Recitative: Und von Stund an
01:13
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
16.
Second Part: Aria: Es ist vollbracht
05:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
17.
Second Part: Recitative: Und neigte das Haupt
00:22
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
18.
Second Part: Chorus & Aria: Mein teurer Heiland
04:17
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
19.
Second Part: Recitative: Und siehe da
00:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
20.
Second Part: Aria: Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt
00:45
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
21.
Second Part: Aria: Zerfließe, mein Herze
06:46
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
22.
Second Part: Recitative: Die Jüden aber
01:57
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
23.
Second Part: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
01:00
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
24.
Second Part: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum
01:49
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
25.
Second Part: Chorus: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
07:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
26.
Second Part: Chorale: Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
01:43
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) La Petite Bande
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