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Christoph Poppen
Morimur

Christoph Poppen baroque violin
The Hilliard Ensemble
Monika Mauch soprano
David James countertenor
John Potter tenor
Gordon Jones baritone
 
Auf meinen lieben Gott, from Cantata BWV 136
Den Tod...
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Allemanda
Christ lag in Todesbanden, Chorale BWV 277
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Corrente
Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt, Chorale BWV 277
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Sarabanda
Wo soll ich fliehen hin, from Cantata BWV 89
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Giga
DenTod...
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona
Christ lag in Todesbanden, Chorale BWV 277
Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott zugleich, from St. John's Passion BWV 245
Befiehl Du Deine Wege, from St. Matthew's Passion BWV 244
Jesu meine Freude, Chorale BWV 358
Auf meinen lieben Gott, from Cantata BWV 188
Jesu, Deine Passion, from St. John's Passion BWV 245
In meines Herzens Grunde, from St. John¹s Passion BWV 245
Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren, Chorale BWV 389
Den Tod...
Partita No. 2 for violin solo, D-minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona for violin and four voices
Den Tod

Recorded September 2000
ECM New Series 1765
 
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In music of the baroque era it was popular to use the medium of numbers for conveying secrets and riddles, and Bach studies have illuminated many new "meanings" in his sacred works. Now "Morimur" explores the coded references, and hidden messages in his solo violin music, opening a window on Bach's thought at a time when he was deeply affected by the sudden and tragic death of his wife, Maria Barbara, in 1720. Building on the research of Professor Helga Thoene, violinist Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard Ensemble have realised a unique project for ECM New Series: They offer a stunning experience by interweaving the verses of the "hidden chorales" of the Ciaccona with Bach's harmonically complex violin part.