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JS Bach * Vivaldi: JS Bach Tilge, Hochster, Meine Sunden

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach * Vivaldi: JS Bach Tilge, Hochster, Meine Sunden

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JS Bach * Vivaldi JS Bach Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden, BWV1083 Vivaldi Nisi Dominus, RV608 Online Scheen sop Le Banquet Celeste / Damien Guillon counterten Glossa [F] GCD923701 (56' * DDD * T/t)

Bach's engagement with music by his Italian contemporaries is clear from his transcriptions of Vivaldi and copies of church music by Lotti. He probably made his own arrangement of Pergolesi's celebrated Stabat mater in the mid-1740s (and its influence on the setting of 'Et incamatus est' added to the Mass in B minor a few years later is irrefutable). Bach used an anonymous parody text of Psalm 51, 'Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden', modified both the vocal and string orchestral parts where necessary to accommodate the different German words, and also added a viola part independent from the cellos on the bass-line. This has been recorded umpteen times, not least by the Theatre of Early Music (BIS, 11/09) and The Bach Players (Hyphen Press).

Nevertheless, this is a profoundly thoughtful new interpretation by countertenor Damien Guillon, who directs his own ensemble Le Banquet Celeste and is joined by soprano Celine Scheen. …

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