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

Contents

Recordings of Cantatas
Recordings of Other Vocal Works
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]

Recordings

Recordings of Cantatas

C-1

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 210

Cantata BWV 210

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Judith Nelson

Nonesuch

1980 ?

CD / TT:

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C-7

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-8

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-2

J.S. Bach: 6 Favourite Cantatas

CD-1: Cantatas BWV 147, BWV 80, BWV 8
CD-2: Cantatas BWV 140, BWV 51, BWV 78

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Sopranos: Jane Bryden, Julianne Baird; Counter-tenors: Drew Minter, Allan Fast; Tenors: Jeffrey Thomas, Frank Kelley; Bass: Jan Opalach

L'Oiseau-Lyre

1985-1988

2-CD / TT: 136:29

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, MA, USA (BWV 8, BWV 78).
Buy this album at: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com [8,78] | Amazon.com [51,140] | Amazon.com [80,147]

C-3

J.S. Bach: Actus Tragicus

CD-1: Cantatas BWV 106, BWV 131, BWV 99
CD-2: Cantatas BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 158

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Sopranos: Ann Monoyios, Julianne Baird, Laurie Monahan; Counter-tenors: Steven Rickards, Allan Fast, Douglas Stevens; Tenors: Edmund Brownless, Frank Kelley, William Hite; Bass: Jan Opalach

Decca

1985-1989

2-CD / TT: 107:09

Recorded at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, USA (BWV 106, BWV 131; Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA, USA (rest).
Buy this album at: Amazon.com | Amazon.com [106,131] | Amazon.com [99] | Amazon.com [56,82,158]

C-4

J.S. Bach: Weichet nur betrübte Shatten "Hochzeitskantate"

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

Joshua Rifkin

The Bach Ensemble

Soprano: Julianne Baird

L'Oiseau-Lyre / Decca

1989

CD / TT: 59:06

Buy this album at: Amazon.com | Amazon.com [202,209] | Amazon.com [51]

C-5

J.S. Bach: Three Weimar Cantatas

 

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

Dorian 93231

Jul 31, Aug 6-8, 1995; Aug 4, 1996

CD / TT: 73:55

Recorded at the Kirche des Priesterseminars, Brixton/Bressanone, Italy.
See: Three Weimar Cantatas - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
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C-6

J.S. Bach: Hochzeitkantaten

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

Joshua Rifkin

Bach Concertino Osaka

Sopranos: Susanne Rydén (BWV 216), Naomi Satake (BWV 210); Alto: Marianne Beate Kielland

Mainich Classics

Mar 2005

CD / TT: 55:42

Recorded live at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

Recordings of Other Vocal Works

V-1

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor

Mass in B minor BWV 232

Joshua Rifkin

(OVPP - No Choir) / The Bach Ensemble

Sopranos: Judith Nelson & Julianne Baird; Counter-tenors: Jeffrey Dooley, Drew Minter; Tenors: Frank Hoffmeister, Edmund Brownless; Basses: Jan Opalach, Andrew Walker Schultze

Nonesuch

Dec 1981; Jan 1982

2-CD / TT: 106:29

1st recording in the original version. Recorded at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York, USA.
See: Mass in B minor BWV 232 - conducted by Joshua Rifkin
Buy this album at: Amazon.com

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

The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (January 2001 - December 2012)
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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