J.s. Bach: Trauer-musik

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2241
Format: CD

Andrew Parrott; Taverner Consort and Players: Emily Van Evera, soprano; Clare Wilkinson, mezzo; Charles Daniels, tenor; Tom Meglioranza, baritone

J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Trauer-Musik: Music to mourn Prince Leopold, BWV 244a

Andrew Parrott is a master of musicological detective work known for his adventurous and uncompromising scholarship. He is also internationally known for his pioneering historically informed performances and recordings of pre-classical repertory. This new release combines the best of both, resulting in the first full reconstruction and recording of the funeral music for J. S. Bach's patron, Prince Leopold of Cöthen. Bach's years in Cöthen were musically fertile and Prince Leopold was a knowledgeable and committed supporter of music and the arts, so it's ironic that much of Bach's output during those years has been lost or even destroyed. The score for Trauer-Musik, written in 1728 on the occasion of the Prince's sudden death at the age of 34, has almost completely disappeared, yet through the discovery of numerous clues in other works and writings, Parrott has been able to recontruct what was clearly a heart-felt homage.
Parrott conducts the renowned Taverner Consort and Players, the organisation he founded in 1973, and a superb roster of baroque vocal soloists. A unique document and superb performance make this a recording for classical music aficionados and lovers of Bach's music alike.
critical acclaim for Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort and Players
"Parrott wrote the book on Bach's chorus, or at least an influential one, The Essential Bach Choir .... Parrott, who has had broad experience working with substantial choruses, knew precisely what to do, drawing a rich, full-bodied sound from the singers. His allocation of vocal solos to the choristers was clearly a matter of spreading the wealth rather than submitting to any academic constraint" - The New York Times

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