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Where to start with the Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantata CDs

For the last few years I've been following the excellent reviews and accolades heaped upon the Monteverdi Choir's recordings of the Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner on the Soli Deo Gloria label. Daunted by the whole enterprise, I have not yet purchased any of them. Does anyone familiar with at least some of the recordings in this series have any idea where to dive in? I'm not necessarily interested in the most famous or most-recorded cantatas, but rather the most beautiful, the most artful, the most moving. I'm tempted to just buy the (near-$300) box set, but I'm afraid with my busy schedule I will never listen to them all. Currently, the only Bach cantata recordings I have are Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's and one from Nancy Argenta which starts off with Ich Bin Vergnugt Mit Meinen Glucke.
posted by matildaben on Feb 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Help identifying this jazzy classical adaptation?

A jazzy choral Bach adaptation -- who is the artist and what's the album name? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Dec 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Math game that featured Bach and Mozart

Around 1995 I played a game on the Mac in school that was for educational purposes, supposedly for the purposes of drilling math skills, and had Mozart Symphony no. 40 (1st movement and but I think 3rd as well), Bach BWV 999, and possibly some Paganini as well, as background music. Do you know what it was?
posted by Busoni on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Other classical music I might like

Please help me select my next classical music for work. [more inside]
posted by theredpen on Sep 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Bach chorale setting

Does anyone know of a four-part harmonisation (chorale setting) of this tune (no. 1 in the list) by Bach? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for a Bergman interview.

I'm looking for an Ingmar Bergman interview (should be available online) in which he makes an analogy between the depiction of a character in film and a solo partita by Bach. All else I remember is that it was probably shot in the 50s or 60s in b/w and that the person asking questions was a Swedish critic of some sort.
posted by quoquo on Nov 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Please help me identify a broadcast on public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please help me identify a broadcast on public radio in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by jchaw on Apr 12, 2011 - 3 answers

One Short Question About Glenn Gould

Why can't I find "32 Short Films About Glenn Gould" on DVD? I really loved that movie -- a drama/documentary about the brilliant, eccentric Canadian pianist who played the works of J.S. Bach like no one else. I haven't seen it in 10 years though, so I'm not sure how it has held up. I tried to find it recently and it doesn't seem to be available on DVD. There are some VHS tapes on eBay, but I don't want a VHS tape and don't want it bad enough to pay $100 for it (some copies were moving for over $300 on Amazon.) Does anyone know why it (presumably) hasn't been released on DVD? A poor money risk for a studio? Rights problems of some kind? Thanks.
posted by Buffaload on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers

A Mighty Fortress

I'm looking for a particular choral version of Luther's Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jul 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help me find the fifth in my weird list of classical music composers.

My list of favorite classical composers makes sense to me intuitively but not logically, and I don't know how to continue the list. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Jun 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Classical Guitar Tab Recommendations

Suggestions for classical guitar tab? [more inside]
posted by starman on May 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Getting Bachs number

Interested to know more about the 'numbers' in JS Bach's music. Sometime ago I heard a radio programme about how some of Bachs music had patterns in which could be viewed as significant outside of what the music sounded like. [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Apr 13, 2009 - 10 answers

I can't countz!

I'm looking for some books on music (the playing thereof). One on developing rhythmic skills and then any good recomendations on the performance of classical music. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Feb 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Long Lost Bach Concerto

Help me identify a long-lost piece by J.S. Bach that my orchestra used to play in middle school! Notation excerpt attached. [more inside]
posted by fenwaydirtdog on Feb 9, 2009 - 11 answers

I can haz notez on Anna Magdelenaz deadz?

Is there a way to get the extensive liner notes from the ECM Recording Morimur online? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jan 9, 2009 - 1 answer

How does the music in the St. Matthew┬┤s Passion by J.S. Bach relate to the lyrics and what effect do they have on each other (lyrics and music)?

How does the music in the St. Matthew┬┤s Passion by J.S. Bach relate to the lyrics and what effect do they have on each other (lyrics and music)? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Feb 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me identify Bach organ music

Konzert Fur Orgel No 5 - D-Moll .... What? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Nov 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me find more loud, bombastic choral music.

Help me find more loud, bombastic choral music. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Oct 15, 2007 - 30 answers

"Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach. Analysis?

help on fugues! im looking for analyses of the fugues in "Well Tempered Clavier" 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Aug 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Bach to Juliet Bravo

Which Bach piece is the Juliet Bravo TV show theme based on? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Jul 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Best Bach for your buck?

Which CD release of Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium is the most highly regarded?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 26, 2005 - 4 answers

Best Recordings of Bach?

What recordings of Bach are considered essential? Which ones do you think are the best?
posted by ori on Apr 24, 2005 - 21 answers

Interpretations of Bach's Chaconne

BachFilter: I've been listening to John Williams' phenomenal rendition of J.S. Bach's Chaconne. So what other must-have recordings of this masterpiece (not just violin/cello/guitar...) should I seek out?
posted by noius on Mar 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Help me find more information on my 1968 Bach Messe in H-Moll records.

I have spent the last day looking for information in a particular set of records I own. They are in perfect condition, 1968 Bach's Messe in H-Moll. It is first run, original. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Apr 19, 2004 - 7 answers

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