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Undercover Bach - Orchestral suites and concertos
Johann Sebastian Bach

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg / Jürgen Groß

Undercover Bach - Orchestral suites and concertos

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917262520
Catnr: CC 72625
Release date: 15 November 2013
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0608917262520
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CC 72625
Release date
15 November 2013

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Bach-Magazin, 01-3-2014
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About the album

The tradition of adapting other composers’ works has been the convention in the early eighteenth century. Adopting a piece by another composer was always regarded as a sign of highest esteem for fellow composers.

As he grew older Bach practised this more and more frequently for his own works. He arranged concertos written in Köthen for other ensembles in Leipzig. He adapted Weimar cantatas to suit Leipzig conditions and transformed chamber music into orchestral music and vice versa. The diversity of Bach’s adaptations of his own works knew no limits.

This CD by the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra of Hamburg is aligned to the tradition of Bach adaptations. Five works by Johann Sebastian Bach have been recorded in orchestral arrangements specially created by Jörg Jacobi, and also the presumed original version of the Overture in B Minor (BWV 1067) in a reconstruction by Werner Breig.

Meesterwerken van Johann Sebastian Bach bewerkt voor orkest
In de vroege 18e eeuw was het de gewoonte om werken van andere componisten aan te passen. Hiermee werd de waardering voor deze componisten aangetoond. Johann Sebastian Bach was een van de componisten die werken van anderen had bewerkt. Hij maakte bewerkingen voor orgel en klavecimbel van concerten van onder andere Giuseppe Torelli, Antonio Vivaldi en Alessandro Marcello.

Daarnaast paste Bach naarmate hij ouder werd zijn eigen werken aan. De diversiteit van zijn bewerkingen kende geen grenzen. Na de dood van de Bach werden veel componiste creatief beïnvloed door de bewerkingen. Onder hen waren Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Ferruccio Busoni en Arnold Schönberg. Zij gebruikten de composities van Bach als basis voor hun eigen bewerkingen.

Elbipolis Barockorchester laat op dit album een nieuw perspectief op bekende werken van Bach horen. Het album is verbonden met de traditie van Bach-bewerkingen. Het bevat vijf orkestrale bewerkingen van werken van Bach, gemaakt door Jörg Jacobi volgens 18e-eeuwse gewoonten. Daarnaast bevat het een bewerking van de vermoedelijk originele versie van de Ouverture in B klein, geschreven door Werner Breig.
Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts war es gang und gäbe fremde Kompositionen zu bearbeiten und für eigene Werke zu arrangieren. Die Übernahme eines Stückes galt stets als ein Zeichen höchster Anerkennung für den anderen Komponisten. In diese Tradition reihte sich Johann Sebastian Bach immer wieder ein. Er übertrug diese Praxis auch auf eigene Werke und arrangierte zahlreiche seiner Werke für spezielle Anlässe.

In der Tradition der Bach- Bearbeitungen steht auch die hier vorliegende CD des Elbipolis Barockorchesters Hamburg. Eingespielt wurden fünf Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach in eigens angefertigten Orchester- Arrangements von Jörg Jacobi sowie die vermutete Originalfassung der Ouverture h-Moll (BWV 1067) in einer Rekonstruktion von Werner Breig. Bachs Ouverture F-Dur für Cembalo (BWV 820) ist im sogenannten Andreas-Bach-Buch überliefert.
Sei capolavori di Johann Sebastian Bach arrangiati e ricostruiti secondo la prassi settecentesca.

Bernhard Schrammek, dalle note di copertina

Artist(s)

Jürgen Groß (conductor)

Jürgen Gross studied violin and music pedagogy with Isabella Petrosjan in his hometown of Hamburg. His intense interest in the baroque violin led him to studies with Thomas Albert at the University of the Arts in Bremen and later to the Institute for Early Music in Trossingen.  In 1999, he founded the Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, with which he performs extensively throughout Germany and beyond. In recent years, the ensemble has toured to Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Czechia, Brazil, and southeast Asia.  Jürgen Groß is also regularly active as a coach and guest concertmaster for baroque and classical projects, for example at the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival or at the University of Music in Nuremberg. 
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Jürgen Gross studied violin and music pedagogy with Isabella Petrosjan in his hometown of Hamburg. His intense interest in the baroque violin led him to studies with Thomas Albert at the University of the Arts in Bremen and later to the Institute for Early Music in Trossingen.

In 1999, he founded the Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, with which he performs extensively throughout Germany and beyond. In recent years, the ensemble has toured to Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Czechia, Brazil, and southeast Asia.

Jürgen Groß is also regularly active as a coach and guest concertmaster for baroque and classical projects, for example at the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival or at the University of Music in Nuremberg.


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Jochen Grüner

After training in choral conducting and violin at the Vocational School for Music in Dinkelsbühl, he studied 'historical performance practice' at the Academy of Ancient Music / Hochschule für Künste in Bremen at Prof.Thomas Albert. Award by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Sparkasse Bremen with the loan of a violin by Jacob Stainer, Absam 1680. Jochen Green as soloist and leader in the European music festivals present.
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After training in choral conducting and violin at the Vocational School for Music in Dinkelsbühl, he studied "historical performance practice" at the Academy of Ancient Music / Hochschule für Künste in Bremen at Prof.Thomas Albert. Award by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Sparkasse Bremen with the loan of a violin by Jacob Stainer, Absam 1680. Jochen Green as soloist and leader in the European music festivals present.

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Veronika Braß (harpsichord)

After her piano and music theory studies in Berlin, Veronika Braß dealt intensively with historical performance practice in general, and the harpsichord or fortepiano game in particular. She deepened her knowledge at Mitzy Meyerson in Berlin, with Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum in Basel and at Christine Schornsheim in Leipzig; so she won the university competition in the subject 'Early Music Ensemble'. Engagements as a harpsichord-accompanist and chamber musician at international competitions and festivals followed. She is a lecturer in music theory and coaching specialist in historical performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Her chamber music partners include Peter Kooj and Christine Busch; with Christoph Poppen and the Munich Chamber Orchestra she joined a long cooperation. Furthermore, she guested with the...
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After her piano and music theory studies in Berlin, Veronika Braß dealt intensively with historical performance practice in general, and the harpsichord or fortepiano game in particular. She deepened her knowledge at Mitzy Meyerson in Berlin, with Jesper Christensen at the Schola Cantorum in Basel and at Christine Schornsheim in Leipzig; so she won the university competition in the subject "Early Music Ensemble". Engagements as a harpsichord-accompanist and chamber musician at international competitions and festivals followed. She is a lecturer in music theory and coaching specialist in historical performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Her chamber music partners include Peter Kooj and Christine Busch; with Christoph Poppen and the Munich Chamber Orchestra she joined a long cooperation. Furthermore, she guested with the Potsdam Chamber Academy and the RIAS Chamber Choir. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Ensemble "Spirit of musicke" (www.spirit-of-musicke.com), which specializes in the performance of music by women composers. At the center of her artistic work for some years is the successful cooperation with her duo partner Jochen Green and the Baroque Orchestra Elbipolis that led them to several countries in Europe.

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Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg

A baroque orchestra at the gateway to the world: this is how Elbipolis sees itself. It is no coincidence that the ensemble is named after the great Hanseatic port it calls home: Elbipolis – City on the Elbe. Hamburg.  The musicians of the orchestra – all specialists in baroque music – demonstrate their zeal for new musical discoveries in projects that reach beyond the boundaries of standard repertoire, and they have been rewarded with success and accolades from connoisseurs and enthusiasts. From guest appearances at the Kölner Philharmonie or on the North German Radio (NDR) programme “Das Alte Werk” to regular performances at the Handel Festivals in Halle and Göttingen, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, or in the halls of the...
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A baroque orchestra at the gateway to the world: this is how Elbipolis sees itself. It is no coincidence that the ensemble is named after the great Hanseatic port it calls home: Elbipolis – City on the Elbe. Hamburg.

The musicians of the orchestra – all specialists in baroque music – demonstrate their zeal for new musical discoveries in projects that reach beyond the boundaries of standard repertoire, and they have been rewarded with success and accolades from connoisseurs and enthusiasts. From guest appearances at the Kölner Philharmonie or on the North German Radio (NDR) programme “Das Alte Werk” to regular performances at the Handel Festivals in Halle and Göttingen, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, or in the halls of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Elbipolis is by now a well-established presence on German concert stages. The ensemble is also internationally sought-after: extensive concert tours across Europe have led Elbipolis to the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and the West Cork Music Festival in Ireland, among others. At the invitation of the Goethe Institute, the orchestra has toured to Brazil and Southeast Asia. Passion for the musical history of one’s own region and a cosmopolitan worldview are not mutually exclusive. Both the identification of this Hamburg ensemble with the repertoire of its city as well as its openness to unconventional programmes have shaped its discography. Its debut CD Don Quichotte in Hamburg (2007), featuring music by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Mattheson, and Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, was warmly received by listeners and critics alike; subsequent productions

with similarly close ties to the ensemble’s home city include the CD Musik der Hamburger Pfeffersäcke (2008) and a recording of Johann Christian Schieferdecker’s Musicalischen Concerte (2011). In 2013, Elbipolis released Undercover Bach, an album of arrangements and original versions of orchestral suites and concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach. Its next CD, Sinfonies pour les soupers du Roy (2016), offered reconstructions of instrumental suites that had been composed by Michel-Richard Delalande (1657–1726) for the Sun King Louis XIV. These works have only survived to the present day in the form of a partition réduite, but Jörg Jacobi’s reconstruction of the missing parts has allowed modern listeners to hear this music for the first time in its full five-voice setting, as intended by the composer but only implicit in the reduced original score.

Alongside its work as a purely instrumental ensemble, Elbipolis performs in opera productions and choral projects with equal parts passion and dedication. The ensemble as a large orchestra has collaborated with Philipp Ahmann (NDR Choir) and the sopranos Nuria Rial and Deborah York, among others. Elbipolis takes a special interest in cultivating enthusiasm for early music in younger audiences. In 2008, the ensemble established the highly successful concert series “Baroque Lounge”, in which it collaborated with Brezel Göring (Stereo Total), Johannes Malfatti, Tim Exile, DJ Ipek, and other leading artists of the electronic music scene. For other ensembles and event organisers, this innovative format has come to serve as a model of how traditional concert formats can further evolve. In 2020, Elbipolis was awarded funding from the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media (Neustart Kultur) for “Aus der Tiefe”, a Germany-wide concert series featuring cantatas by J. S. Bach. A new round of grants in 2022 enabled the realisation of the follow-up project “Mehr Bach!”, comprising a concert tour through northern Germany and the recording of the present disc.


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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Bach-Magazin, 01-3-2014

Bach, transcribed, sensed and danced
Pizzicato, 01-2-2014

Bach is known for having transcribed a lot of own works and those of other composers. This CD by the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra of Hamburg is aligned to the tradition of Bach adaptations. Five works by Johann Sebastian Bach have been recorded in orchestral arrangements specially created by Jörg Jacobi, and also the presumed original version of the Overture in B Minor (BWV 1067) in a reconstruction by Werner Breig. The resulting program is not only interesting but musically appealing. Elbipolis focuses not only on virtuosity but plays with great feeling. And since the music dances like Bach always should do, we can only but recommend this SACD.
Pizzicato, 01-2-2014

The playing is excellent and the recording brilliantly clear.
Early Music Review, 01-2-2014

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01.
Ouverture for Flute and Strings in A Minor, BWV 822: I. Ouverture
03:55
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
02.
Ouverture for Flute and Strings in A Minor, BWV 822: II. Aria
04:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
03.
Ouverture for Flute and Strings in A Minor, BWV 822: III. Gavotte en Rondeau
00:57
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jürgen Groß, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
04.
Ouverture for Flute and Strings in A Minor, BWV 822: IV. Bourrée
00:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach )
05.
Ouverture for Flute and Strings in A Minor, BWV 822: V. Menuet I-III
02:45
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
06.
Ouverture for Flute and Strings in A Minor, BWV 822: VI. Gigue
01:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jürgen Groß, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
07.
Partita for Harpsichord and Strings in D Major, BWV 1006: I. Sinfonia
03:47
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
08.
Partita for Harpsichord and Strings in D Major, BWV 1006: II. Loure
03:53
Jürgen Groß, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
09.
Partita for Harpsichord and Strings in D Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeaux
02:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
10.
Partita for Harpsichord and Strings in D Major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet I/II
03:29
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Partita for Harpsichord and Strings in D Major, BWV 1006: V. Bourrée
01:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
12.
Partita for Harpsichord and Strings in D Major, BWV 1006: VI. Gigue
01:54
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
13.
Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV Anh. 152: I. Affectuoso
01:49
(Johann Sebastian Bach )
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Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV Anh. 152: II. Allegro
02:04
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jürgen Groß, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV Anh. 152: III. Adagio
01:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV Anh. 152: IV. Vivace
01:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Ouverture for Oboe and Strings in F Major, BWV 820: I. Ouverture
02:13
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
18.
Ouverture for Oboe and Strings in F Major, BWV 820: II. Entrée
02:34
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
19.
Ouverture for Oboe and Strings in F Major, BWV 820: III. Menuet – Trio
02:24
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
20.
Ouverture for Oboe and Strings in F Major, BWV 820: IV. Bourrée
00:45
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
21.
Ouverture for Oboe and Strings in F Major, BWV 820: V. Gigue
00:48
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: I. Ouverture
06:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach )
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Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: II. Rondeaux
01:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
24.
Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: III. Sarabande
02:51
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: IV. Bourée I/II
01:54
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
26.
Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: V. Polonaise
01:21
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jürgen Groß, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
27.
Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: VI. Menuet
01:09
(Johann Sebastian Bach )
28.
Ouverture for Violin and Strings in A Minor, BWV 1067a: VII. Battinerie
01:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV 571: I. Allegro
02:44
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
30.
Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV 571: II. Adagio
01:40
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Jürgen Groß, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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Concerto for Strings in G Major, BWV 571: III. Ciaconna Allegro
02:13
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg
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