Anne Sofie von Otter - Bach

Anne Sofie von Otter - Bach
Release Date:
April 14, 2009

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter first reached an international audience as part of the cast of Georg Solti's recordings of Bach's St. Matthew Passion and B minor Mass in the early '90s. Since then, however, von Otter has stayed away from Bach, preferring to explore a wide range of more recent repertoire from Mozart through Brahms to Weill and beyond. Thus, when she did return to Bach with this 2009 Deutsche Grammophon disc of arias and duets, it was inevitable that someone would say she was going back to Bach.

But von Otter is less about going back to Bach as it is about getting down to Bach. In the nearly 20 years since her previous Bach recordings, her voice has darkened and deepened. But, it must be added, it has also grown lovelier. Mixing selections drawn from cantatas as well as the B minor Mass, the Magnificat, and the Matthew Passion, von Otter's choices show off her voice to best effect. With her technique still in fabulous shape, she negotiates the music's procedural and expressive difficulties with ease, phrasing her lines with graceful effortlessness and making Bach's music sound timeless in the best sense of the word. With the expert accompaniment of the Concerto Copenhagen under the direction of conductor and organist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, von Otter turns in a disc that will please her many fans along with anyone else who enjoys Bach's vocal music.

Cantata No. 54, "Widerstehe doch der Sünde," BWV 54 (BC A51)
Aria: Widerstehe doch der SündeAnne Sofie von Otter6:16
Cantata No. 197, "Gott ist unsre Zuversicht," BWV 197 (BC B16)
Aria: Schläfert allen SorgenkummerAnne Sofie von Otter7:54
Cantata No. 99, "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan," BWV 99 (BC A133)
Aria (Duetto): Wenn des Kreuzes BitterkeitenAnne Sofie von Otter2:49
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
Aria: Erbarme dich, mein GottAnne Sofie von Otter6:16
Cantata No. 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar," BWV 30 (BC A178)
Aria: Kommt, ihr angefocht'nen SünderAnne Sofie von Otter4:11
Cantata No. 35, "Geist und Seele wird verwirret," BWV 35 (BC A125)
SinfoniaAnne Sofie von Otter5:17
Cantata No. 74, "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten," BWV 74 (BC A83)
Aria: Nichts kann mich errettenAnne Sofie von Otter5:29
Cantata No. 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12 (BC A68)
SinfoniaAnne Sofie von Otter2:18
Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1)
Agnus DeiAnne Sofie von Otter5:32
Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14)
Duetto et misericordiaAnne Sofie von Otter3:28
Cantata No. 60, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort," BWV 60 (BC A161)
Duetto: O Ewigkeit, du DonnerwortAnne Sofie von Otter4:05
Cantata No. 117, "Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut," BWV 117 (BC A187)
Coro: Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten GutAnne Sofie von Otter3:20

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