This is the kind of CD that only ECM’s producer Manfred Eicher could come up with. The juxtaposition of Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Webern makes. Ricercata) a 6 voci (arranged by: Anton Webern) Of the thirteen pieces of exquisite Bach known to us as the “Musical Offering”, the Fugue has the most. Johann Sebastian Bach Anton Webern Ricercar The Hilliard Ensemble Monika Mauch soprano David James countertenor Rogers.

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Bach, Webern: Ricercar

Shopping options License request Hire request. As he states clearly in a letter to Hermann Scherchen, printed many times since its first publicationwhat he wanted was: Possibly Webern did succeed in achieving a rounded performance, when he himself rehearsed and conducted the work.

This is no mere interpretation, but a bodily dip into Baroque waters. Not unlike the preceding cantata, it awakens in plush contours into a duet of sorts wenern regaling us with tutti and solo passages in turn.

Classical Net Review – J.S. Bach/Webern – Ricercar

Thank you from Guy Walker. Symmetry, the cyclic evolution of a musical germ and the idea of birth in the midst of death: The organist Jean Guillou transcribed the entire work for organ in The musicians of the Munich Chamber Ensemble play in a similarly spare period manner, albeit while using modern instruments. And as expected, the Hilliard Ensemble contributes an absolutely fat-free performance of the cantata — it’s cool, but not devoid of expression.

Here it can be seen that the whole formal process has the same basic model as the theme in each of its twelve phases.

This must be made expressly clear, as it can easily be taken for such and for this reason was often the object of heated dispute. Two months after the meeting, Baxh published a set of pieces based on this theme which we now know as The Musical Offering.

Some of the canons of The Musical Offering are represented in the original score bafh no more than a short monodic melody of a few measures, with a more or less enigmatic inscription in Latin above the melody. ECM’s sound is first rate.

Bach-Webern: Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach’s Works – Works

Orchestrated in an arrangement similar to Webern’s, the theme is deconstructed note by note through a series of variations and reconstructed as a Russian Orthodox hymn. As Bach’s Ricercar was written early in his career, another early work by Bach, the Cantata 4, has been added to the program. Apart from the trio sonata, which is written for flute, violin and basso continuothe pieces have few indications of which instruments are meant to play them, although there is now significant support for the idea that they are for solo keyboard, like most of Bach’s other published works.


Release Date March 31, Ricercata a 6 voci. The credit for this success must go to conductor Christoph Poppenwhose conceit it is that informs the disc. The Modern Jazz Quartet used one of the canons originally “for two violins at the unison” as an introduction to their performance of the standard song “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise.

Herbert Glossner, in his liner notes, analogizes the relationship between the cantata and the ricercar in architectural terms, with the former standing at the center and the latter providing the cornerstones.

They provide key insight into the potential for both composers to interlock in fresh and enlivening more on this below ways. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

Ursula Kirkendale webwrn argued for a close connection with the twelve-volume rhetorical manual Institutio Oratoria of the Roman orator Quintilianwhom Frederick the Great admired. The soaring organ and heavy foliage of strings and voices in the opening movement accentuate the kaleidoscopic effects of all that have fed into it thus far.

Bach/Webern: Ricercar (ECM New Series 1774)

Notify me of new comments via email. However, it modulates and finishes one whole tone higher than it started out at. The conceit that informs this disc is that Bach and Webern ‘s meditations of life, death, and eternity are essentially complementary, that Bach ‘s Lutheran faith and Baroque aesthetic and Webern ‘s Catholic faith and Modernist aesthetic speak of a shared belief in the luminous and the numinous.

The Canones super Thema Regium are also usually played together. Even in the Webern, Poppen’s interpretive austerity is welcome; in the Bach, the conductor maintains a clear and “authentically” objective style. Views Read Edit View history. Styles Chamber Music Choral. Retrieved from ” https: When Webern separated almost every descending minor second from the following one by means of phrasing and articulation, as well as the changing timbre of three alternating instruments, as if they were isolated sighs, he came in his interpretation remarkably close to the romantic weltschmerz-chromaticism characteristic of, say, Mahler, and of his own generation.


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He had finished the instrumentation not long before. Ricercata a 6 voci Johann Sebastian Bach Fuga 2. Philologist and Rector of the Leipzig Thomasschule, Johann Matthias Gesnerfor whom Bach composed a cantata inpublished a substantial Quintilian edition with a long footnote in Bach’s honor.

Like Webern in Bach, Poppen knows how and where to taper his forces, while his players respond with obvious dedication. The bookending ricercar does, in fact, support the program like the columns of some aged temple, letting the language therein build from the afterlife of a single oboe line.

Ricercar is neither trying to modernize Bach nor even to accentuate the timelessness of wrbern music, but rather taking an informed look into the prism of its inception. Sinfonia – Versus I: Andreas Neubronner Produced by Manfred Eicher. The first performance was in London on 25 Aprilwith Webern conducting. What must be considered as interpretation in his version of the Fugue is very much imbued with subjective elements; this can be noted even in the visual effect of the notation in the score.

Bach meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment. Sassoon notes that “Handel’s theme is much shorter than the King’s, but its musical ‘architecture’ is uncannily similar: You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.

The structural comparisons are far from arbitrary.

These compositions are called the riddle fugues or sometimes, more appropriately, the riddle canons. This is a great spiritual experience and a very great recording.

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