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Joshua Rifkin & The Bach Ensemble
Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Contents

Recordings of Cantatas
Recordings of Other Vocal Works
Box Sets/Collections
General Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2

Joshua Rifkin - Short Biography
The Bach Ensemble - Short History

Three Weimar Cantatas - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
Mass in B minor BWV 232 - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
BWV 243 Magnificat - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
Book: Bach's Choral Ideal [by Joshua Rifkin]
Article: The Passion according to Saint Matthew BWV 244 [By Joshua Rifkin]

Discography

Recordings of Cantatas

C-1

J.S. Bach: Wedding Cantata O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit, BWV 210


Cantata BWV 210 [34 min ]

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble (on original instruments)

Soprano: Judith Nelson

Nonesuch D-79013
Nonesuch D1-79013

Nov 1980

LP / TT: 34 min
MC / TT: 34 min

Recorded at Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, California, USA.
1st recording of Cantata BWV 210 by J. Rifkin.

C-2

J.S. Bach: Oboe Concertos - First Recordings

Concerto for oboe, strings, and continuo in D minor: reconstructed from BWV 35, BWV 156, BWV 1056, & BWV 1059, reconstructed by Joshua Rifkin [11:40]
Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings, and continuo in A major : reconstructed from BWV 1055, reconstructed by Joshua Rifkin and Werner Breig [12:17]
Concerto for oboe, strings, and continuo in E-flat major : reconstructed from BWV 49, BWV 169, & BWV 1053, reconstructed by Joshua Rifkin, after the version by Wilfried Fischer [19:14]

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble (with original instruments)

Stephen Hammer (Oboe/Oboe d'amore)

Pro Arte PAD-153
Pro Arte CDD-153

May 1983

LP / TT: 33:11
CD / TT:

Recorded at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church, New York City, New York, USA

C-3

Baroque Variations

 

Sinfonia (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 29 Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir [3:20]

Joshua Rifkin

Baroque ensemble

John Finney (Organ)

Nonesuch 9-71416-1B

Jan 1985

LP / TT: 43:03

Recorded at Rutgers Church, New York City, New York, USA.

C-4

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"; Cantata BWV 80 "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott"

Cantatas BWV 147 [27:04], BWV 80 [25:40]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (on authentic instruments)

Soprano: Jane Bryden; Counter-tenor: Drew Minter; Tenor: Jeffrey Thomas; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'Oiseau-Lyre 417250-2

Sep 1985

CD / TT: 52:44

Recorded at the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: Simon Eaden.
Buy this album at:
CD (1996): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

C-5

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeite" (Actus Tragicus) ; Cantata BWV 131 "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir"

Cantatas BWV 106 [18:50], BWV 131 [19:41]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (on authentic instruments)

Soprano: Ann Monoyios; Counter-tenor: Steven Rickards; Tenor: Edmund Brownless; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'Oiseau-Lyre 417323-2

Nov 1985

CD / TT: 38:31

Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, New York, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: Stanley Goodall.
Buy this album at:
CD (1991): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

C-6

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"; Cantata BWV 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen"

Cantatas BWV 140 [24:52], BWV 51 [17:45]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (on authentic instruments)

Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Drew Minter; Tenor: Jeffrey Thomas; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'Oiseau-Lyre 417616-2

Oct 1986

CD / TT: 42:37

Recorded at Performing Arts Center, State University of New York, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: Simon Eaden.
Buy this album at:
CD (1990): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

C-7

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 202 "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten"; Cantata BWV 209 "Non sa che sia dolore"

Cantatas BWV 202 [20:21], BWV 209 [21:27]

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Julianne Baird

L'Oiseau-Lyre 421424-2

May 1987

CD / TT: 41:48

Recorded at the American Academy oArts and Letters, New York City, New York, USA.
Listen on YouTube: Cantata BWV 202: Complete Cantata [20:31]
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CD (1990): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

C-8

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 8 "Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben"; Cantata BWV 78 "Jesu, der du meine Seele"; Cantata BWV 99 "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan"

 

Cantatas BWV 78 [22:00], BWV 99 [17:20], BWV 8 [18:24]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Allan Fast; Tenor: Frank Kelley; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'Oiseau-Lyre 421728-2

Mar-Apr 1988

CD / TT: 57:59

Recorded at Methuen Memorial Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: John Dunkerley.
Cantata BWV 78: Mvt. 2: Aria - Duet [S, A] 5:18]
Buy this album at:
CD (1989): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

C-9

J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 56, 82 & 158

 

Cantatas BWV 56 [17:52], BWV 82 [22:12], BWV 158 [10:54]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Bass: Jan Opalach; Soprano: Laurie Monahan; Counter-tenor: Douglas Stevens; Tenor: William Hite

L'Oiseau Lyre 425822-2

Apr 1989

CD / TT: 50:58

Recorded at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: John Dunkerley.
Buy this album at:
CD (1991): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

C-10

J.S. Bach: Three Weimar Cantatas (BWV 182, 12, 172)

 

Cantatas BWV 182 [28:18], BWV 12 [23:33], BWV 172 [22:10]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Susanne Rydén; Counter-tenor: Steven Rickards; Tenor: John Elwes; Bass: Michael Schopper
Andreas Lackner (Trumpet); Herbert Walser (Trumpet); Martin Rabl (Trumpet); Niklas Eklund (Trumpet) [BWV 12/6]; Karl Fischer (Timpani); Christopher Krueger (Recorder); Stephen Hammer (Oboe); Stanley Ritchie (Violin); Linda Quan (Violin); Nancy Wilson (Viola); David Miller (Viola); Myron Lutzke (Violoncello); Christian Beuse (Dulcian); John Finney (Organ); Joshua Rifkin (Organ) [BWV 12/4]

Dorian DOR-93231
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Jul 31, Aug 6-8, 1995; Aug 4, 1996

CD / TT: 73:55
MP3 / TT: 73:39

Recorded at the Kirche des Priesterseminars, Brixton/Bressanone, Italy.
Enginnering & Recording Supervision: Michael Seberich.
See: Three Weimar Cantatas - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
Buy this album at:
CD (1996): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | ClassicsOnline

C-11

J.S. Bach: Hochzeitkantaten - "Vergnügte Pleißenstadt" BWV 216; "O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit" BWV 210

 

Cantatas BWV 216 [23:55], BWV 210 [31:28]
BWV 216 recorverd by Joshua Rifkin

Joshua Rifkin

Bach Concertino Osaka

Sopranos: Susanne Rydén [BWV 216], Naomi Satake [BWV 210]; Alto: Marianne Beate Kielland [BWV 216]

Mainich Classics MNCL-104

Mar 20 & 23, 2005

CD / TT: 55:42

Recorded live at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Executive Producer: Tokihiko Umezu; Recording Producer: Yoshinori Nishiwaki (N&F); Balance Engineer: Suenori Fukui (N&F).
2nd recording of Cantata BWV 210 by J. Rifkin.

Recordings of Other Vocal Works

V-1

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor
Bach: Messe en si

 
 

Mass in B minor BWV 232

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (with original instruments)

Sopranos: Judith Nelson, Julianne Baird; Counter-tenors: Jeffrey Dooley, Drew Minter; Tenors: Frank Hoffmeister, Edmund Brownless; Basses: Jan Opalach, Andrew Walker Schultze
The Bach Ensemble: Trumpets: Fred Holmgren, Jesse Levine, Raymond Mase; Horn: Robert Sheldon; Timpani: Ben Harms; Flutes: Christopher Krueger, Anne Briggs; Oboes/Oboes d'amore: Stephen Hammer, Marc Schachman, Kenneth Roth; Organ: James David Christie; Bassoons: Dennis Godburn, Philip Levin; Violin I: Nancy Wilson, Linda Quan; Violin II: Anthony Martin, Nelva TeBrake; Viola: David Miller; Cello: Kenneth Slowik; Violone: Michael Willens

Nonesuch 79036
Nonesuch 9-79036-2
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Ultima

Dec 31, 1981-Jan 11, 1982

3-LP / TT:
2-CD / TT: 106:29
MP3 / TT: 106:16
2-CD / TT:

Recorded at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York City, New York, USA.
LP edition: Production & Marc J. Aubort & Joanna Nickrenz; Enginnering: Elite Recordings, Inc; Mastering: Michele Stone.
CD edition: Production Coordinator: Elise Keen; Director: Keith Holzman.
1st recording in the original version.
See: Mass in B minor BWV 232 - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
Listen on YouTube: Complete Work [105:24]
Buy this album at:
2-CD (1992): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | ClassicsOnline
Ultima 2-CD (2002): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

V-2

J.S. Bach: Magnificat BWV 243; G.M. Hoffmann: German Magnificat

 
 

Magnificat in D major BWV 243 [25:44 / 26:25 / 26:15 / 26:17]
G.M. Hoffmann: German Magnificat in A minor, BWV Anh 21 [12:47 / 13:01 / 12:57 / 12:58]

Joshua Rifkin

(No Choir - OVPP - SSATB) / The Bach Ensemble

Sopranos: Jane Bryden [also BWV Anh 21] & Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Jeffrey Gall; Tenor: Frank Hoffmeister; Bass: Jan Opalach

Pro Arte PAD-185
Pro Arte CDD-185
Tudor 789

Sep 27-29 1982 & Dec 22, 1982

LP / TT:
CD / TT: 38:31 / 39:26 / 39:12
CD / TT: 39:15

Recorded at American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City, New York, USA..
See: BWV 243 Magnificat - conducted by Joshu Rifkin
Buy this album at:
Pro Arte CD (1993): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Tudor CD (1996): Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

V-3

J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 [Unreleased]

Matthäus-Passion BWV 244

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble

Soprano [Soprano in ripieno, 1st Maid, 2nd Maid, Pilate's Wife]: Caroline Helton; Soprano [Chorus Two]: Penelope Jensen; Soprano [Chorus One]: Ann Monoyios; Alto [Chorus Two]: Allan Fast; Alto [Chorus One]: Steven Rickards; Tenor [Chorus One]: Frank Kelley; Tenor [Chorus Two]: Patrick Romano; Bass [Judas, 1st Priest]: Jon Finson; Bass [Peter, Pilate, High Priest, 2nd Priest]: Greg Honeycutt; Bass [Chorus One]: William Sharp; Bass [Chorus Two] - Fredric Moses

North Carolina Public Radio

1985

TT:

Live performance at the University of North Carolina in 1985; Not Yet Released

Box Sets/Collections

B-1

J.S. Bach: 6 Favourite Cantatas (Cantatas BWV 147, 80, 140, 8, 51 & 78)

 

CD-1 [71:23]: Cantatas BWV 147 [27:07], BWV 80 [25:41], BWV 8 [18:22]
CD-2 [65:06]: Cantatas BWV 140 [24:54], BWV 51 [17:41], BWV 78 [22:13]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (on authentic instruments)

BWV 147, 80: Soprano: Jane Bryden; Counter-tenor: Drew Minter; Tenor: Jeffrey Thomas; Bass: Jan Opalach
BWV 8, 78: Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Allan Fast; Tenor: Frank Kelley; Bass: Jan Opalach
BWV 140, 51: Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Drew Minter; Tenor: Jeffrey Thomas; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'OLyre 455706-2
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BWV 147, 80: Sep 1985
BWV 140, 51: Oct 1986
BWV 8, 78: Mar-Apr 1988

2-CD / TT: 136:29
MP3 / TT: 135:32

Recorded at the American Academy of Arts & Letters [BWV 147, BWV 80]; Performing Arts Center, State University of New York [BWV 140, BWV 51]; Methuen Memorial Hall, Massachusetts, USA [BWV 8, BWV 78].
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineers: Simon Eaden [BWV 147, 80, 140, 51], John Dunkerley [BWV 8, 78].
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 78: Mvt. 2: Aria - Duet [S, A] 5:18]
Buy this album at:
2-CD (1997): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

B-2

J.S. Bach: Actus Tragicus (Cantatas BWV 106, 131, 99, 56, 82, 158)

 

CD-1 [51:54]: Cantatas BWV 106 [18:46], BWV 131 [19:37], BWV 99 [17:22]
CD-2 [51:15]: Cantatas BWV 56 [17:52], BWV 82 [22:13], BWV 158 [10:54]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (on authentic instruments)

BWV 106, 131: Soprano: Ann Monoyios; Counter-tenor: Steven Rickards; Tenor: Edmund Brownless; Bass: Jan Opalach
BWV 99: Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Allan Fast; Tenor: Frank Kelley; Bass: Jan Opalach
BWV 56, 82, 158: Bass: Jan Opalach; Soprano: Laurie Monahan; Counter-tenor: Douglas Stevens; Tenor: William Hite

Decca 458087-2
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BWV 106, 131: Nov 1985
BWV 9 Mar-Apr 1988
BWV 56, 82, 158: Apr 1989

2-CD / TT: 107:09
MP3 / TT: 106:16

Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and LAetters, New York City, New York, USA [BWV 106, 131]; Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA [BWV 56. 82, 99, 158]
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineers: Stanley Godall [BWV 106, 131]; John Dunkerley [BWV 56, 82, 99, 158]
Listen on YouTube:
Cantata BWV 99: Complete Cantata [17:27]
Buy this album at:
2-CD (1998): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de
Music Download 2-CD: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

B-3

J.S. Bach: Weichet nur betrübte Shatten "Hochzeitskantate"; Non sa che sia dolore Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen

 

Cantatas BWV 51 [17:41], BWV 202 [20:16], BWV 209 [21:05]

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Julianne Baird

Decca 468853-2

BWV 51: Oct 1986
BWV 202, 209: May 1987

CD / TT: 59:06

BWV 51: Recorded at Performing Arts Center, State University of New York, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineers: Simon Eaden.
BWV 202, 209: Recorded at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, New York, USA.
Buy this album at:

CD (2001): Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

B-4

J.S. Bach: Kantaten · Cantatas Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140; Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51; Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78

 
 

Cantatas BWV 140 [24:54], BWV 51 [17:41], BWV 78 [22:13]

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble (on authentic instruments)

BWV 140, 51: Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Drew Minter; Tenor: Jeffrey Thomas; Bass: Jan Opalach
BWV 78: Soprano: Julianne Baird; Counter-tenor: Allan Fast; Tenor: Frank Kelley; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'Oiseau-Lyre 443186-2

BWV 140, 51: Oct 1986
BWV 78: Mar-Apr 1988

CD / TT: 65:06

BWV 140, 51: Recorded at Performing Arts Center, State University of New York, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: Simon Eaden.
BWV 78: Recorded at Methuen Memorial Hall, Massachusetts, USA.
Producer: Peter Wadland; Recording Engineer: John Dunkerley.
Buy this album at:
CD (1994): Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (January 2001 - September 2014)
Thanks to contributors: William Hoffman (December 2012), Richard Sams (October 2005), Peter Smaill (August 2006), Burke Smith (November 2008)

Joshua Rifkin: Short Biography | The Bach Ensemble | Recordings of Vocal Works | General Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2
Individual Recordings:
Three Weimar Cantatas - J. Rifkin | BWV 232 - J. Rifkin | BWV 243 - J. Rifkin
Book:
Bach's Choral Ideal [by J. Rifkin] | Article: The Passion according to Saint Matthew BWV 244 [By J. Rifkin]

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