Bach's B Minor Mass This performance of Bach's monumental Mass in B minor was recorded in the magnificent setting of the Wieskirche, the pilgrimage church of Steingaden Abbey near Schongau in Bavaria, a dazzling example of the exuberance of the late German baroque. Conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg and the Neubeuern Choral Society perform with soloists Anna Korondi (soprano), Iris Vermillion (contralto),Deon van der Walt (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone), Albert Dohmen (bass) and the Orchester der Klangverwaltung. An introduction by Enoch zu Guttenberg is available. Directed by José Montes-Baquer – 120'
Bach's St John Passion For this specially staged recording of the St John Passion, Enoch zu Guttenberg and the acclaimed Neubeuern Choral Society are joined by the Bach-Collegium and soloists Pamela Coburn (soprano), Natalie Stutzman (mezzo-soprano), Claes-Hakon Ahnsjö (tenor), Robert Swensen (tenor), Tobias Pfülb, Thomas Quasthoff (bass) and Andreas Scheibner (bass). The setting is the magnificent baroque church at Gösseweinstein in Bavaria. Directed by Peter Schulze-Rohr - 116'
Bach's St Matthew Passion From the romanesque Church in Alpirsbach, Enoch zu Guttenberg conducts the Neubeuern Choral Society and the Munich Bach Collegium, with soloists Hermann Prey (baritone), Claes-Hakon Ahnsjo (tenor), Margaret Marshall (soprano), Jard van Nes (alto), Aldo Baldin (tenor) and Anton Scharinger (bass). Directed by Peter Schulze-Rohr - 174 Beethoven's Missa Solemnis A live recording of Beethoven's mass from the 500 year old gothic Amanduskirche in Bad Urach, with soloists Phyllis Bryn-Julson (soprano), Marjana Lipovsek (alto), Josef Protschka (tenor) and Kurt Rydl (bass). Michael Gielen conducts the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir, with Wolfgang Hock (violin) and Heinz Schroder (organ). Directed by János Darvas - 78'
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem / Schoenberg: Ein Ueberlebender aus Warschau A concert at the Amanduskirche in Bad Urach recorded live at the Herbstliche Musiktage Bad Urach 1994. The soloists are Juliane Banse (soprano) and Hermann Prey (baritone). The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Horst Stein. Directed by Horant Hohlfeld – 80’ Charpentier's Te Deum and
Fauré's Requiem The newly-restored fifteenth-century Amanduskirche, Bad Urach, provides the setting for this concert. Charpentier's Te Deum in D major and Fauré's Requiem Op.48 are performed by the Südfunk Choir and the RTL Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Hager, with soloists Christiane Oelze (soprano), Veronica Cangemi (soprano), Jean Nirouet (counter-tenor), Christoph Späth (tenor) and Hermann Prey (baritone). Directed by Akos Ravasz - 66'
Verdi's Requiem, conducted by
Enoch zu Guttenberg In a concert recorded live from the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Enoch zu Guttenberg conducts the Neubeuern Choral Society and the European Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Verdi's great Requiem, with soloists including Pamela Coburn (soprano), Trudeliese Schmidt (mezzo), Vinson Cole (tenor) and Kurt Rydl (bass). Directed by Klaus Lindemann - 90'
The Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir: Sacred Songs The Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir, one of Europe's leading a cappella vocal groups, is conducted by Michael Gläser. This concert was specially-staged at the magnificent baroque Benedictine abbey at Plankstetten, a stunning setting for performances of sacred choral music by Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Reger, Messiaen and Bach. Directed by Fritz Zeilinger - 26'
The Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir: Secular Songs Conducted by Michael Gläser, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir gives a concert of secular music. Songs by Diestler, Gesualdo, Ligeti, Nono, Reger and Brahms are featured, recorded under studio conditions at Bavaria's Schloss Hirschberg. Directed by Fritz Zeilinger - 24'
Beethoven's Choral Fantasia This live recording of the Fantasia for Piano, Choir and Orchestra in C minor Op.80, was made in Bad Urach, southern Germany. Pianist Gerhard Oppitz joins the Südfunk Choir, directed by Joseph Beischer and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony orchestra, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. Directed by János Darvas - 21'
Beethoven's Christus am Ölberg This performance of Beethoven's only oratorio, Christ on the Mount of Olives, for three solo voices, choir and orchestra, was recorded at the 500-year-old gothic Amanduskirche in southern Germany, and features soloists Alison Hargan, Manfred Jung and Matthias Holle, accompanied by the Südfunk Choir and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. Directed by János Darvas - 56'
A Brahms Lieder Concert by the Neubeuern Choral Society Soloists Regine Klepper and Thomas Mohr join the Neubeuern Choral Society and the Minne Quartet for an evening of Brahms's lieder. Piano accompaniment is by Franz Massinger and Wolfram Rieger, and Enoch zu Guttenberg conducts. The concert was recorded live from the Philharmonie, Munich. Directed by Georg Wübbolt - 59'
Christmas in Bavaria The former monastery church of Rott am Inn in Upper Bavaria provides a perfect setting in architectural and artistic terms for a concert comprising of a selection of music for Christmas. The film tells the story of the birth of Christ using words of the Holy Scriptures to the accompaniment of music ranging from Bach, Bruckner, Reger and Brahms to old Bavarian folk tunes. The performers are the Neubeuern Choral Society and the Bach Collegium of Munich, conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg. The narrator of excerpts from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke is the German actor Peter Luehr. Directed by Karlheinz Hundorf – 75’ Robert Schumann:
Scenes from Goethe's Faust This performance was recorded live at the Bad Urach Autumn Festival and presents a concert of scenes from Goethe's masterpiece Faust, set to music by Robert Schumann. The concert took place at the five hundred-year-old gothic Amanduskirche with soloists Michaela Kaune, Regina Klepper, Mihoko Fujimura, Christa Mayer, Susanne Krumbiegel, Jonas Kaufmann, Detlev Roth and Franz Hawlata. Frieder Bernius conducted the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and the Klassische Philharmonie Stuttgart. Directed by Helga Dubnyicsek - 80' 16:9 Widescreen