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Voices of Angels

Nikolaus Harnoncourt , Bach J.S. Audio CD
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1. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Coro: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
2. Cantata No. 68, 'Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt,' BWV 68 (BC A86): Aria: Mein gläubiges Herze
3. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,' BWV 147 (BC A174): Choral: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
4. Cantata No. 31, 'Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret,' BWV 31 (BC A55): Aria: Letzte Stunde, brich herein
5. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben,' BWV 147 (BC A174): Coro: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
6. St. Matthew Passion (MatthÃuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria: Blute nur, du liebes H
7. Cantata No. 172, 'Erschallet, ihr Lieder,' BWV 172 (BC A81): Coro: Erschallet, ihr Lieder
8. Cantata No. 143, 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele' (doubtful), BWV 143 (BC T99): Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ
9. Cantata No. 8 'Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben' (first version), BWV 8 (BC A137a): Coro: Liebster Gott, wann werd' ich sterben
10. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Aria: Ich folge die gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten
11. Cantata No. 143, 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele' (doubtful), BWV 143 (BC T99): Coro: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele
12. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Aria: Aus Liebe will mein He
13. Cantata No. 140, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,' BWV 140 (BC A166): Coro: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
14. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Aria: Flößt mein Heiland
15. Cantata No. 31, 'Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret,' BWV 31 (BC A55): Coro: Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret
16. Cantata No. 1, 'Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern,' BWV 1 (BC A173): Aria: Erfüllet, ihr himmelsichen göttlichen Flammen
17. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Choral: O Haupt voll Blut un

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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this singing Nov. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
These are undoubtedly beautiful perfomrance, notably on the choral works. The tempo isn't too fast nor too slow, and the balance between "authentic" and modern use of intrumentation is nearly ideal.
However:
Shopper, you may not be aware of this but Harnaocourt/leonhart (the conductors of this album) have produced a nearly comprehensive 60 CD bach cantata set. So why did they choose these oft heard cantatas when there are several performances in their collection surperior to these. I highly recommend listening to their cantata no.80 (not found on this CD).
All in all this is a great CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, if you don't already have these! Feb. 16 2001
Format:Audio CD
The quality of these pieces and performances is exceptional (assuming you like the 1970s-style attempts at authentic performance). This disk was the first of my Harnoncourt / Leonhardt purchases; unfortunately, every single one of these is now also sitting in my rack inside the (complete) cantata from whence it was taken. All sung in German, of course, except for the B minor mass, which is sung in Latin.
But everyone must start somewhere, and this is a fantastic place to start. Among other things, it contains (numbers from):
* The Matthew Passion
* The Christmas Oratorio
* Cantata 147, which contains "Jesu Joy of man's desiring"
* The B minor Mass
* My Heart ever Faithful (Mein glaubiges Herze) - lovely.
It's a great gift idea for the subversion of friends and family who seem on the brink of becoming Bach afficionados, especially if they like choral/vocal music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Dec 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoy the music of Bach and/or the sound of boy sopranos then you will enjoy this CD. It presents some of Bach's best and best loved songs, sung with expert precision by some very fine boy sopranos--a few of them have truly beautiful voices, and all of them are good. There is a good balance of solo pieces and chorales sung by men and boys together. One word, though: if you are accustomed to British or American boy singers then you will find these continental European ones something quite different--the boys are trained in a style more similar to opera singers and their voices are have more vibrato than their English counterparts--the sound is perhaps less "angelic", but fuller and richer. This is a worthy purchase for any true Bach fan or someone who really appreciates the beauty of an unchanged male voice. Top-rate quality of singing throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sampling of Bach's vocal music July 18 2000
Format:Audio CD
These recordings are taken mostly from the Harnoncourt/Leonhardt complete sacred Bach cantatas project, with several selections from the Saint Matthew Passion included as well. While I generally prefer women's voices to boys' in this repertoire (not authentic, I know), this CD makes an excellent case for using boys' voices in this music. The young soloists are all remarkably assured and sing with lovely, full tone, much different from the sound of English choirboys (most of the soloists here are German, Austrian, or Dutch). There are particularly lovely accounts of "Mein glaubiges Herze," "Blute nur," and "Flosst, mein Heiland" included here. So if you are looking to sample Bach's vocal works, or wish to hear the pure sound of boy sopranos, or simply want some lovely music, this is a disc to try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, ethereal, inspiring Nov. 13 1998
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This is a quality recording with the sweetest voices...made me go and get some of the music to sing!
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