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Gustav Leonhardt - Johann Kuhnau: Sechs Biblische Sonaten (2015)

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Gustav Leonhardt - Johann Kuhnau: Sechs Biblische Sonaten (2015)

Gustav Leonhardt – Johann Kuhnau: Sechs Biblische Sonaten (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 544 Mb | Total time: 63:08+48:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | # WPCS-16143/4 | Recorded: 1970

Kuhnau’s six Biblical Sonatas are among the most fascinating keyboard curiosities of the baroque. Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722), Bach’s immediate predecessor as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, was a versatile composer, performer and polymath who produced fine works in a wide range of formats. These Biblical Sonatas were written as domestic programme music to illustrate - indeed, to describe - the following Old Testament stories: the Battle between David and Goliath; Saul Cured by David through Music; Jacob’s Marriage; Hezekiah’s Restoration to Health; Gideon, Deliverer of Israel; and Jacob’s Death and Burial.

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach & Beyond [15 CDs] (2010)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach & Beyond [15 CDs] (2010)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Bach & Beyond: Monteverdi, Schütz, Buxtehude, Ahle, Kuhnau, Zelenka, Vivaldi, Handel, CPE Bach [15 CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 4,75 Gb | Total time: 16:29:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-9036/39 | Recorded: 1997-2010

Widely regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Bach's music today, Masaaki Suzuki has made his name both as the artistic director of the Bach Collegium Japan and as a performer on the harpsichord and the organ. Much interest has been focussed on the BCJ/Suzuki series of Bach Cantatas, begun in 1995 and reaching its final stretch with the recent release of Volume 46 (of a projected 55 discs). Hailed by the international music press, this monumental undertaking has acquired a world-wide following. From the very beginning of the collaboration with BIS, however, there have been numerous recording projects beyond the sacred cantatas of Johannes Sebastian, and, indeed, beyond Bach himself. Some of these acclaimed recordings can now be found in a limited edition boxed set, released in connection with the 20th anniversary of Bach Collegium Japan this year.

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1011 | Recorded: 1998

Bach's setting of the Magnificat is one of his most often-recorded vocal works; as a rule, it's paired with one of Bach's lavishly scored festal cantatas. (The Easter Oratorio seems to be a current favorite.) Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan had a different idea: they've paired Bach's Magnificat with roughly contemporary settings by Johann Kuhnau, who was Bach's immediate predecessor in Leipzig, and Jan Dismas Zelenka, who was a composer at the court of Saxony in Dresden. Zelenka is an interesting composer, among the most underrated of the Baroque era. His writing is less dense and intricate than Bach's–at times it looks forward to the simpler, more elegant style of Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. Zelenka knew his counterpoint, however, and was fond of slipping the occasional surprising chord change into his music.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries I: Sacred Music by Johann Kuhnau (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 74:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67059 | Recorded: 1998

Johann Kuhnau was one of life’s polymaths—as well as being a composer he trained as a lawyer, spoke several languages, helped found Leipzig’s opera house, theorized about music and even found time to write a novel sending up the shortcomings of the contemporary music scene. Musically he’s the link between Schütz and Bach, but he was alive to many different stylistic traits as this selection of sacred music demonstrates. From the brilliantly brassy opening of Ihr Himmel jubilirt to the restrained intensity of Tristis est anima mea, it’s music invigorated at every turn by The King’s Consort.

Miriam Feuersinger, Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Herzens-Lieder: Graupner, J.S. Bach, Kuhnau (2016)

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Miriam Feuersinger, Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Herzens-Lieder: Graupner, J.S. Bach, Kuhnau (2016)

Miriam Feuersinger, Peter Barczi, Capricornus Consort Basel - Herzens-Lieder: Graupner, J.S. Bach, Kuhnau, Telemann (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 64:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus | # CHR77399 | Recorded: 2015

'Herzens-Lieder' [Songs of the Heart] – this title would certainly have appealed to the two librettists and four composers featured upon this CD. In terms of music and church history, they all – Johann Kuhnau, Georg Philipp Telemann, Christoph Graupner and Johann Sebastian Bach – form part of the Lutheran church choir tradition.

Barbara Christina Steude, Concerto Con Voce, Jan Katzschke - Johann Kuhnau, Vincenzo Albrici: Soprano Cantatas (2010)

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Barbara Christina Steude, Concerto Con Voce, Jan Katzschke - Johann Kuhnau, Vincenzo Albrici: Soprano Cantatas (2010)

Johann Kuhnau, Vincenzo Albrici: Soprano Cantatas (2010)
Barbara Christina Steude, soprano; Concerto Con Voce; Jan Katzschke, director

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 336 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: CPO | # CPO 777 531-2 | Time: 01:07:32

Johann Kuhnau owes his fame today mainly to the fact that he was Bach's predecessor as cantor at St. Thomas's in Leipzig. The 17th and 18th centuries meet in Kuhnau's cantatas, where a heavily text-bound musical language following on from the Schütz tradition is combined with Italian melodies and a late-baroque spaciousness – a combination especially delightful to today's ears. Rounding off the CD are cantatas by Kuhnau’s close friend Vincenzo Albrici.