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J.S.BACH "Johannes Passion" BWV245 KICC 168/9 $50.00
Musikalische Leitung MASAAKI SUZUKI / BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN
Two disks Live Recording / 13-14 April1995 CASAL SHALL, Tokyo

1. Chorus
3. Choral
14. Choral
20. Aria (Tenor)
25a. Recitativo
28. Choral

Solisten

Jesus
Evangelist
Soprano
Alt
Tenore
Basso
Soprano
Tenore



Michio TATARA
Gerd Türk
Midori SUZUKI, Yumiko KURISU
Yoshikazu MERA, Akira TACHIKAWA
Koki KATANO
Kenji MIZUNO
Aki YANAGISAWA
Akira TAKIZAWA

Solisten

Flauto traverso 1
Flauto traverso 2
Oboe 1
Oboe 2
Viola d'amore 1
Viola d'amore 2
Viola da gamba
Konzertmeisterin



Tadashi NAKAMURA
Mikira ASAKURA
Marcel PONSEELE
Takahiro KITAZATO
Natsumi WAKAMATSU
Azumi TAKADA
Hiroshi FUKUZAWA
Natsumi WAKAMATSU

Continuo

Violoncello
Violone
Bassono
Bassono grosso
Organo
Liuto



Hidemi SUZUKI
Shigeru SAKURAI
Kiyotaka DOHSAKA
Giichiro MATSUZAKI
Masaaki SUZUKI, Junko WADA
Hiroshi KANEKO


PROFILE Bach Collegium Japan

The BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN (BCJ) was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki, who remains its music director, with the aim of introducing Japanese audience to period instru-ment performances of great works of the baroque period. As the name of the ensemble indicates, its focus has been on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and those composers of German Protestant music who preceeded and influenced him, such as Buxtehude, Shütz, Schein and Bshm.

The BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN comprises both baroque orchestra and chorus, and its maj or activties include an annual three-concert series of Bach's cantatas and a number of instrumental programmes. In addition, the BCJ presents major works such as Bach's St.Matth-ew Passion, Handel's Messiah, or Monteverdi' s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and smaller programmes for soloists or small vocal ensemble.

The BCJ is based in Tokyo but performs throughout Japan, and for many of its projects it has been. pleased to welcome European artists such as Max van Egmond, Nancy Argenta, Christoph Pr*gardien, Peter Kooy, Monika Frimmer, Michael Chance, Kai Wessel, Gerd Türk, Michael Schopper and Concerto Palatine.
Artist Profile

Masaaki SUZUKI Organist, Harpsiehordist, Conductor

Born in 1954 at Kobe, Japan. When 12 years old, he began to play the organ for church services every Sunday. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a degree in composition and organ performance, he continued to study harpsi-chord and organ at Sweelink Conservatorium Amsterdam under Prof.Ton Koopman and Prof. Piet Kee. Having achieved Soloist Diplomas in both of his instruments in Amsterdam, he was award-ed 2nd Prize in the Harpsichord Competition (Basso continuo) in 1980 and 3rd Prize in the Organ Competition in 1982 in the Vlaanderen Festival at Bruge, Belgium.

During 1981-83 he was a harpsichord instruc-tor at Hochschiile für Musik in Duisburg, Germany. Since his return to Japan, not only has he given many concerts as organist and harpsichordist all over country, but he has also organized a well-known concert series at the chapel of Shoin Women's University in Kobe, where a French classical organ built by Marc Garnier is installed. Meanwhile Masaaki Suzuki has acquired an outstanding reputation not only as an organ and harpsichord soloist, but also as a conduc-tor.

Since 1990 Suzuki has also been the musi-cal director of BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN, a chamber choir and a baroque orchestra with period instruments which specialize in reguler performances of Bach's "Kantatenabend" as well as other sacred works. As the director of BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN, Suzuki works together regularly with renowned European soloists and ensembles such as Max van Egmond, Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, Michael Schopper, Peter Kooy, Christoph Pr*gardien, Kai Wessel, Monika Frimmer, Gerd Türk and Concerto Palatine. Since 1983 Suzuki has given organ concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Swiss, Austria and other countries every summer. As a professor of organ and harpsichord, he teaches at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Gerd Türk

He began his music career as a member of the Limburg Cathedral choir. Later he studied church music and chorus conducting at Hochschüle für Musik Frank-furt, as well as baroque singing at Schola Cantorum Easel.

Türk often appears in major Music Festivals such as Innsbruck, Luzern, Paris with Jacobs, Herreweghe, Christie, Koopman etc. He is a member of Cantus Csln directed by Konrad JunghSnel, and often participates in projects of ENSEMBLE VOCALE EUROPEN by Philippe Herreweghe. Türk's recordings include Bach's St. John Passion with Koopman, Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Virgine with Savall.
Michio TATARA

He completed the graduate divi-sion of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He was a recipient of Ataka Prize while attending there and also studied in Italy and Germany. Since 1975, he sang at diverse places in Germany such as Heidelberg Municipal Theatre and Dortmund Municipal Theatre.

He has appeared in many operas and concerts after his return to Japan as a leading Japanese bass. This is his fourth coperformance with the BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN after St. Matthew Passion ('91), St.John Passion ('93) and St.Matthew Passion ('94). He is also a recipient of the 16th Jiro Opera Prize and is currently a member of Niki-kai Opera Company.
Yumiko KURISU

She graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She specialized historical performance-practice and vocal technique of 17th- and 18th century. Kurisu won the 2nd prize at the 4th Early Music Competition Yamanashi and the 2nd Tochigi Kuranomachi Music Festival Award.

As a soloist of the BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN, Kurisu is active focusing around baroque music such as Bach's Cantata Series, Monteverdi's Vespro, Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion.
Midori SUZUKI

She was born in Kobe. Midori graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts and is a recipient of Kyoto Music Society Award. Since 1991, Midori has been in the Netherlands to study baroque singing with Max van Egmond at Early Music Academy Amsterdam and vocal ensemble repertoires ranging from Gregorian Chants to the renais-sance and the baroque period with Rebecca Stewart at Tilbrug Conservatory. In 1991 Midori appeared as a soloist in the Bach Cantata Series organized by Gustav Leonhardt and Lucy van Dael. Midori often takes charge of solo parts for BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN.
Yoshikazu MERA

He was born in Miyazaki, 1971. Mera changed his major from tenor to counter-tenor during his third year in college. He sang the solo alto part of Rossini's Petite messe solennelle in October 1992 and the countertenor solo of Bernstein's Skylark under the baton of Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in March 1994.

Mera is a winner of the highest prize at the 8th Early Music Competition Yamanashi in May 1994 and the Gth Tochigi Kuranomachi Music Festeval Award. Mera has interest in "Japanese Lieder" and won the 3rd prize at the 6th Sogakudo Japanese Lied Competition '95. Mera often appear as a soloist for BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN concerts.
Koki KATANO

He was born in 1968. Katano began his music career as a boy soprano at the age of 7. He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Since 1993 Katano has been in Germany to study baroque singing. In 1994, he sang the Evangelist part for Bach's St. John Passion in Hamburg receiving favorable criticism. Katano is a member of NDR choir.
Kenji MIZUNO

He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. While active in the field of sacred music such as Bach's Passions, B-minor Mass, Handel's Messiah and German Lieder on one hand, his extensive activities include holding unique recitals performing commissioned new works by Japanese younger composers. With the BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN, he has frequent-ly appeared in Bach's Cantata Series.