NYSTEDT / BACH: Music for Chorus
Norwegian Soloists Choir/Ensemble Allegria/Grete Pedersen, cond.
BIS SACD 2184 TT: 59 min.
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BACH: Lasst Uns Sorgen, Lasst Une Wachebn BWV 213. Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV 214.Chorus and Orchestra of Bach Collegium Japan/ Masakki Suzuki, cond.
BIS SACD 2161 TT: 73:17
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MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C, K. 415. Piano Concerto No. 11 in F, K. 413. Piano Concerto No. 8 in C, K. 246/
Ronald Brautugabm firteouabi, Die Köloner Akademie/ Michgael Alexander Willens, cond.
BIS SACD 2074 TT: 68::28
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Knut Nystedt ( 1815-2014) was a distinguished Norwegian choral conductor and composer. He founded the Norwegian Soloists' Choir in 1950 and led the group for four decades. This disk is the group's way of paying tribute to the man who was so important to them. It includes four of his works composed throughout his career along with two Bach motets. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir is led by their new director, Grete Pedersen, assisted by the Allegria Ensemble. The recordings were made February 2015 in Oslo's Ris Church, and the BIS engineers have captured the performances with clarity and resonance. Complete texts and translations are provided ..

This site hasp praised previous BIS issues of choral works of Bach performed by the Bach Collegium Japan chorus and orchestra directed by MasakkiSuzuki with a quartet of superb soloists. Now we have Volume V in this distinguished series, this one offering two major 'Birthday Cantatas," BWV 213 and 214. Again, this majestic music is performed to perfection and the BIS engineering has captured all of it with uncommon clarity. detailed program notes and complete texts are included. Another outstanding issue from BIS!

Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigan continues his Mozart piano concerto series on BIS with this release of three of the lesser-known concertos, No. 8 in C, K. 246, No. 11 in F, K. 413, and No. 13 in C, K. 415. He already has recorded 16 of the concertos, each disk a gem. It is amazing that Mozart could toss off music like this so effortlessly. Brautigan is an ideal soloist, with splendid accompaniment from the ensemble directed by Michael Alexander Willens. The fortepiano used was made by Paul McNulty in 2013 after Anton Walter and Sons instrument dating from c. 1802. This doubtless provides a sound similar to what Mozart heard when he composed this music—and the instrument has a very pleasant almost modern sound. This is an admirable series from BIS, and the audio is excellent.

R.E.B. (December 2015)

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