J S Bach - Easter and Ascension Oratorios | Linn BKD373

J S Bach - Easter and Ascension Oratorios

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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD373

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 17th November 2014

Contents

Artists

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Peter Harvey (bass)
Retrospect Ensemble

Conductor

Matthew Halls

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cantata BWV11 'Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen' (Ascension Oratorio)
Easter Oratorio, BWV249

Artists

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Peter Harvey (bass)
Retrospect Ensemble

Conductor

Matthew Halls

About

This, the second release of the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series, features the Easter Oratorio, one of J S Bach’s best-known oratorios and a monumental work, as well as the Ascension Oratorio.

Originally released in 2011, ‘J S Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s Echo series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording, including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani), and is joined by Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Peter Harvey (bass).

This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story-telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble.

Named a Finalist in the ‘Baroque Vocal’ category at the 2011 Gramophone Awards, the recording received many five star reviews in addition to being named The Sunday Times’ ‘Classical Record of the Week’.

Founded by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble takes its musicians and audiences on an exciting journey, exploring the repertoire of four centuries and embracing the practices, styles and aesthetics of former ages with renewed vigour and a fresh approach. Retrospect has appeared at major UK festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival and Norfolk and Norwich Festival and performed at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, London.

Matthew Halls has established himself as one of today’s leading young conductors. A former Artistic Director of The King’s Consort, he has conducted in prominent venues throughout the UK and Europe.

There is plenty of action and passion in these two, quite different, works...’ - Scotland on Sunday (5 stars)

Classical Record of the Week: ‘Top-drawer Bach throughout, beautifully recorded and documented by Linn.’ - The Sunday Times (4 stars)

Fielding an excellent group of singers and players, and with soloists of such calibre, this is a landmark Bach recording.’ - Early Music Review

A disc to make your heart leap.’ - The Times (4 stars)

The Retrospect Ensemble's orchestral playing and choral singing is of the highest quality...’ - Gramophone

‘...enjoyably relaxed and unselfconscious performances.’ - BBC Music Magazine (4 stars)

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