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John Eliot Gardiner & Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists
DVD John Eliot Gardiner in Rehearsal
Cantata BWV 63

C-10

J.S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas

 

Cantatas BWV 63 [26:34], BWV 64 [18:12], BWV 121 [17:38], BWV 133 [18:45]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Sopranos: Ann Monoyios, Katharine Fuge; Contralto: Sara Mingardo; Counter-tenor: Derek Lee Ragin; Tenors: Rufus Müller, Julian Podger; Basses: Stephan Loges, Gotthold Schwarz

Archiv Produktion 463589

Dec 1998

CD / TT: 81:17

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Studio I, London, England & live at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England [BWV 133].
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In Rehearsal with John Eliot Gardiner (Bach Cantata No. 63)

Cantata BWV 63

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Soprano: Ann Monoyios; Alto: Sara Mingardo; Tenor: Rufus Müller; Bass: Stephan Loges

ArtHouse

1999

DVD / TT: ~ 59:00

Most probably the same reccording as [C-10] above.
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Review - John Eliot Gardiner in Rehearsal

Kirk McElhearn wrote (July 31, 2002):
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)

John Eliot Gardiner In Rehearsal [59 min.]

Cantata No. 63, "Christem, ätzet diesen Tag" BWV 63

Morteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Sound format: PCM stereo
Subtitle languages: GB, D, F, SP
Picture format: 4:3
Region code: 2, 5
Picture standard: PAL

Rec: 2000, Abbey Road Studio, London.
ARTHAUS 100292 [59 min.]

In the year 2000, John Eliot Gardiner set out on his Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, with the goal of performing all of Bachıs sacred cantatas in churches around Europe and in New York. Over a 52-week period, his orchestra, choir and soloists achieved this unique goal, with a fervour that was almost religious. This DVD presents Gardiner in rehearsal with his musicians as they work on one cantata, BWV 63, Christem, ätzet diesen Tag.

Filmed for the Franco-German television channel, Arte, this documentary features the usual rehearsal footage combined with some interview footage of Gardiner as he talks about Bach, the cantatas, performing and music in general. While this is an interesting film, especially for fans of Bach or the cantatas, the appeal of such a DVD is limited - this documentary seems more like what should be the bonus on a DVD of a performance of Bachıs music, rather than the only such content. For we hear the musicians rehearsing the cantata BWV 63, but not performing the entire work! The actual performance part of the DVD consists of several sections of the work (not all complete), but not the entire cantata, and these are only in a rehearsal setting, not even an actual performance, and, in addition, are punctuated by interview sections. This is all the more a disappointment since BWV 63 is one of Bachıs finest cantatas, filled with some of the most melodically pleasing movements of all his work.

Arthaus should have done better with this film - there are many films of Gardiner and his group performing the cantatas during his Pilgrimage, and it would not have been difficult to couple one with this documentary. Personally, I find rehearsal films a bit boring, since you never get to truly hear the music as it should be heard. However, it is always interesting to listen to Gardiner when he addresses the camera directly, since he is such a lover of Bach and the cantatas. The issues he raises are very interesting, and it would have been interesting to hear more – the passion he expresses as he talks about this music is infectious.

A DVD of limited interest, which may be attractive to true fans of Bach and the cantatas, but has little to offer the more casual listener. It is a shame that the entire cantatas is not performed on this DVD, since what is performed is certainly interesting.


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Cantatas BWV 106, 118b, 198 | Cantatas BWV 140, 147 | Cantatas BWV 11, 37, 43, 128 | Cantatas BWV 6, 66 | Cantatas BWV 72, 73, 111, 156 | Cantatas BWV 82, 83, 125, 200
Bach Cantata Pilgrimage:
BCP - Vols 1&8 | BCP - Vol. 14 | BCP - Vol. 15 | BCP - Vol. 21 | BCP - Vol. 22 | BCP - Vol. 23 | BCP - Vol. 24 | BCP - Vol. 26 | Bach Cantata Pilgrimage DVD | DVD John Eliot Gardiner in Rehearsal
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BWV 232 - Gardiner | BWV 244 - Gardiner | BWV 245 - Gardiner | BWV 248 - Gardiner | BWV 1127 - Gardiner
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