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J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios

Retrospect Ensemble

J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios

...star-studded soloist cast
BKD 373 (Linn Records)
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Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: I. Sinfonia

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: I. Sinfonia

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
03:53 Play $1.70
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Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: II. Adagio

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: II. Adagio

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
03:39 Play $1.70
3
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: III. Chorus & Duetto. Kommt, eilet und laufet

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: III. Chorus & Duetto. Kommt, eilet und laufet

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
04:41 Play $1.70
4
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: IV. Recitativo. O kalter Manner Sinn

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: IV. Recitativo. O kalter Manner Sinn

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:52 Play $1.70
5
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: V. Aria. Seele, deine Spezereien

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: V. Aria. Seele, deine Spezereien

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
10:49 Play $5.10
6
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: VI. Recitativo. Hier ist die Gruft

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: VI. Recitativo. Hier ist die Gruft

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:37 Play $1.70
7
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: VII. Aria. Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: VII. Aria. Sanfte soll mein Todeskummer

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
07:15 Play $3.40
8
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: VIII. Recitativo. Indessen seufzen wir

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: VIII. Recitativo. Indessen seufzen wir

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:51 Play $1.70
9
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: IX. Aria. Saget, saget mir geschwinde

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: IX. Aria. Saget, saget mir geschwinde

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
05:40 Play $3.40
10
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: X. Recitativo. Wir sind erfreuet

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: X. Recitativo. Wir sind erfreuet

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:33 Play $1.70
11
Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: XI. Chorus. Preis und Dank

Easter Oratorio, BWV. 249: XI. Chorus. Preis und Dank

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
02:27 Play $1.70
12
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: I. Chorus. Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: I. Chorus. Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
04:31 Play $1.70
13
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: II. Evangelist. Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hande auf

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: II. Evangelist. Der Herr Jesus hub seine Hande auf

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:26 Play $1.70
14
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: III. Recitativo. Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied schon so nah?

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: III. Recitativo. Ach, Jesu, ist dein Abschied schon so nah?

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
01:07 Play $1.70
15
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: IV. Aria. Ach, bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: IV. Aria. Ach, bleibe doch, mein liebstes Leben

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
08:12 Play $3.40
16
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: V. Evangelist. Und ward aufgehoben zusehends

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: V. Evangelist. Und ward aufgehoben zusehends

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:28 Play $1.70
17
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: VI. Chorale. Nun lieget alles unter dir

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: VI. Chorale. Nun lieget alles unter dir

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
01:15 Play $1.70
18
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: VII. Evangelist. Und da sie ihm nachsahen gen Himmel fahren

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: VII. Evangelist. Und da sie ihm nachsahen gen Himmel fahren

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:56 Play $1.70
19
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: VIII. Recitativo. Ach ja! So komme bald zuruck

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: VIII. Recitativo. Ach ja! So komme bald zuruck

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:34 Play $1.70
20
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: IX. Evangelist. Sie aber beteten ihn an

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: IX. Evangelist. Sie aber beteten ihn an

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
00:39 Play $1.70
21
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: X. Aria. Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: X. Aria. Jesu, deine Gnadenblicke

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
06:56 Play $3.40
22
Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: XI. Chorale. Wenn soll es doch geschehen

Ascension Oratorio, BWV. 11: XI. Chorale. Wenn soll es doch geschehen

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conductor Matthew Halls
Band Retrospect Ensemble
04:01 Play $1.70
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Featuring Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass) this is a spectacular performance of Bach's choral music led by Matthew Halls.

Originally released in 2011 J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. 

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Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson is an GRAMMY-nominated English soprano who specialises in historiaclly informed performance. 
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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

English tenor James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.
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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Considered by many to be the supreme composer of the Baroque style, and regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.
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Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls is the Artistic Director of Retrospect Ensemble, one of the UK's most exciting young conductors and an acclaimed keyboard player.
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Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey has been described as 'one of those voices which makes you imagine that if there were to be a voice of God, this is what it would sound like...' (MusicWeb International). The English baritone enjoys an exciting and varied career.
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Retrospect Ensemble

Retrospect Ensemble

Retrospect Ensemble intends to take its musicians and audiences on an exciting journey, exploring the repertoire of four centuries and embracing the practices, styles and aesthetics of former ages with renewed vigour and a fresh approach.
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4 stars Classical CD of the Week: ‘Top-drawer Bach throughout, beautifully recorded and documented by Linn.' The Sunday Times

‘Fielding an excellent group of singers and players, and with soloists of such calibre, this is a landmark Bach recording.' Early Music Review

4 stars  ‘A disc to make your heart leap.'The Times

‘The Retrospect Ensemble's orchestral playing and choral singing is of the highest quality...' Gramophone

4 stars  ‘...enjoyably relaxed and unselfconscious performances.' BBC Music Magazine


This, the second release of the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series, features the Easter Oratorio, one of Bach's best-known oratorios and a monumental work, as well as the Ascension Oratorio. Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani). This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble.

The Oratorio is a unique genre which is known for its enormous structure and epic tales, often including biblical references. The Easter Oratorio and the Ascension Oratorio featured here, tell stories through four characters: Mary Mother of James, Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, which celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. 

A free download of this booklet with the libretto is available here.

Introducing Linn's ECHO Series
01 September 2014
Discover the albums and artists you missed first time round.
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Awards nod for Retrospect and Phantasm
21 November 2011
International Classical Music Awards nominees announced
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OBF and Matthew Halls announcement
25 August 2011
OBF names Matthew Halls as Artistic Director
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Gramophone Award Finalists Announced
16 August 2011
Retrospect Ensemble, Phantasm and Avison Ensemble nominated
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Retrospect in the Classical Charts for second week
18 April 2011
the Ensemble make it two weeks in a row
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Retrospect in the Classical Charts
11 April 2011
Bach enters at number 15
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Meeting Matthew Halls
10 February 2011
Matthew Halls in person with BBC Music Magazine
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Opera News
'A new period-instrument ensemble from London brings verve, precision and spontaneity to a recording of J. S. Bach's Easter and Ascension Oratorios.'
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The Consort
'This particular recording, featuring the Retrospect Ensemble, has a lot to recommend it; especially the technically refined and elegant quality of both the orchestra and the soloists. The choruses are refreshingly crisp and bright, sung in a soloistic manner that I find very appealing.'
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musica Dei donum
'... the closing line of the B section is beautifully sung'.
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PS Tracks
'It is simply the most musical realization of these two works I have ever encountered'.
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The Absolute Sound
'The Retrospect Ensemble's Bach performances are pretty much ideal...'
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Fanfare
'Halls' interpretations are above reproach, and his musicians respond at a very high level. What's not to like? Heartily recommended.'
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Fanfare
'Heartily recommended.'
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OregonLive.com
'...a bright British conductor...'
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Classica
4 Stars
'...le duo meditative de la soprano et flute traversière idéalment assure par Carolyn Sampson et Rachel Brown.'
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tommanoff.com
'...the conductor is an exceptional interpreter of [Purcell's] music.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
Multichannel Disc of the Month: 'The fact is that there is not a weak link anywhere in this cast...'
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American Record Guide
'...a nicely blended and balanced instrumental group'.
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MusicWeb International
"...the Linn recording is a must."
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Scotland on Sunday
5 Stars
"There is plenty of action and passion in these two, quite different, works..."
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...enjoyably relaxed and unselfconscious performances.'
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International Records Review
'...highly impressive playing...'
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
'...superbement interprétées.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...the impression is that of heavenly beauty without earthly weight...'
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Gramophone
'The Retrospect Ensemble's orchestral playing and choral singing is of the highest quality...'
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San Francisco Classical Voice
'The soloists are all excellent.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'top class'
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The Observer
"Matthew Halls directs sprightly singers and accomplished players."
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The Times
4 Stars
"A disc to make your heart leap."
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ResMusica
Clef de ResMusica Award: 'Un premier disque d'un ensemble prometteur, enregistré qui plus est de fort belle manière par Linn Records.'
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AudioVideoHD
'...dirigiendo esta brillante y fresca interpretación de dos de los tres monumentales oratorios de Bach...'
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Early Music Review
'Fielding an excellent group of singers and players, and with soloists of such calibre, this is a landmark Bach recording.'
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The Sunday Times
4 Stars
Classical Record of the Week: "Top-drawer Bach throughout, beautifully recorded and documented by Linn."
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Le Monde
'...la plus belle musicalité...'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
"Musical highs don't come much better...Conductor Matthew Halls gleans warmth from this wonderful music."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"Retrospect Ensemble simply sparkles in this repertoire...Johann Sebastian himself would give this one not 5 but 10 stars as well."
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Classics Today
5 Stars
'...can boast renditions of Bach's Easter and Ascension oratorios as fine as--or better than--any in the catalog.'
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Musical Pointers
"The recording at St Jude's Church in Hampstead...makes the most of a perfect acoustic."
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