Bach Aria Group

Biography

The Bach Aria Group holds the unique distinction of being the only musical organizations in the world whose sole charter is to promote the performance and study of the music of Bach. Founded in 1946 by musicologist William Scheide, the Bach Aria Group was created to help combat the lack of awareness and appreciation of Bach’ s marvelous cantata literature. Scheide formed a 9-member ensemble, and the Group began to fulfill its mission by touring and developing Bach audiences throughout the world. The group was led by flutist Samuel Baron from 1980 until his death in 1997, and is now operating as a musicians’ collective by its current members, which include two members of the Orion String Quartet. The Bach Aria Group led the Bach Aria Festival and Institute from 1981 to 1996, where talented musicians and students receive coaching from Group members and perform in concert with the Bach Aria Group. The Group is one of the longest running chamber music organization in the United States.

Discography

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Bach Aria Group

Aria for Bass (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 8 [] [Farrow, Baker, Kagen, and string ensemble]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 9) from Cantata BWV 43 [] [Tobias, Bloom, Harry Shulman (2nd oboe)]
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 97 [] [Harmon, Wilk, Soyer, Kagen]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 105 [] [Carlton, Bloom, string ensemble]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 127 [] [Osborn, Bloom, Soyer, Kagen. The two flutists were almost certainly Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. String ensemble]
Duet for Alto & Tenor (Mvt. 13) from Cantata BWV 205 [] [Tobias, Harmon, Baker, Soyer, Kagen]

William H. Scheide

Bach Aria Group

Soprano: Jean Carlton; Soprano: Ellen Osborn; Contralto: Margaret Tobias; Tenor: Robert Harmon; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow;
Maurice Wilk (violin); Julius Baker (flute); Robert Bloom (oboe); David Soyer (‘cello); Sergius Kagen (piano and vocal advisor)

Vox

1947 or 1948

4 12” 78s = LP / TT:

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Bach Aria Group

Aria for Bass (Mvt. 6) from Cantata BWV 42 [][Farrow, Wilk, Smirnoff, Soyer, Kagen]
Duet for Alto & Tenor (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 66 [] [Tobias, Harmon, Wilk, Soyer, Kagen]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 8) from Cantata BWV 97 [] [Carlton, Bloom, Shulman, Soyer, Kagen]
Aria for Bass Qui tollis peccata mundi (Mvt. 4) from Mass BWV 234 [] [Carlton, Baker, Samuel Baron (Flute), Soyer, string ensemble (Sergius Kagen did not play in this aria)]

William H. Scheide

Bach Aria Group

Soprano: Jean Carlton; Contralto: Margaret Tobias; Tenor: Robert Harmon; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow;
Maurice Wilk (violin); Julius Baker (flute); Robert Bloom (oboe); David Soyer (‘cello); Sergius Kagen (piano and vocal advisor); Samuel Baron (Flute); Harry Shulman (oboe); Zelly Smirnoff (violin)

Vox

1947 or 1948

3 10” 78s

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Bach Aria Group

Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 68 []
Aria (Duet) for Soprano & Alto (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 99 []
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 113 [4:14]
Aria, Recitative & Arioso for Bass (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 157 []
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 159 []
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 185 []

William H. Scheide

Bach Aria Group

Soprano: Jean Carlton; Contralto: Margaret Tobias; Tenor: Robert Harmon; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow;
Maurice Wilk (Violin); Julius Baker (Flute), Robert Bloom (Oboe); Sergius Kagen (Piano); Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)

MGM

Early 1950’s ?

10”

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Sacred Arias of Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria for Alto (Mvt. 6) from Cantata BWV 7 [], Margaret Tobias, Alto
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 33 [], Margaret Tobias, Alto
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 84 [], Jean Carlton, Soprano
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 97 [], Norman Farrow, Bass
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 101 [], Robert Harmon, Tenor
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 151 [] Jean Carlton, Soprano

William H. Scheide

Bach Aria Group

Soprano: Jean Carlton; Contralto: Margaret Tobias; Tenor: Robert Harmon; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow;
Maurice Wilk (Violin); Julius Baker (Flute), Robert Bloom (Oboe); Sergius Kagen (Piano); Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)

MGM

Early 1950’s ?

10”

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The Art of Robert Bloom – Bach Aria Group Vol. 1

Duet for Alto & Tenor (Mvt. 3), Recitative & Arioso for Alto & Bass (Mvt. 4), Chorale (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 60 [13:02]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 79
+ Chorale (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 79 [3:45]
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 85 [3:40]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 110 [4:13]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 114 [4:13]
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 159 [5:41]
Cantata BWV 202

William Johnson, Frank Brieff

Choral Art Society & Orchestra, Bach Aria Group Orchestra

Soprano: Erna Berger; Altos: Marian AndersonCarol SmithMaureen Forrester; Basses: Mack HarrellNorman FarrowWilliam Warfield; Oboe: Robert Bloom

Boston Records

1951-1966

CD / TT: 73:20

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The Art of Robert Bloom – Bach Aria Group Vol. 2

Sinfonia (Mvt. 1) Cantata BWV 12 [2:44]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 12 [7:35]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 32 [6:45]
Instrumental Ritornello following the Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 68 [1:15]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 84 [4:58]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 102 [6:28]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 116 [4:42]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 127 [4:49]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 187 [3:47]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 197 [8:41]
Aria for Tenor Quaniam (Mvt. 5) from Mass in G BWV 236 [5:45]
Recitative O Schmerz! (Mvt. 19 ) and Aria for Tenor Ich will bei merinem Jesu wachen (Mvt. 20) from Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 [9:17]

Frank Brieff, Brian Priestman

Bach Aria Group Orchestra & Chorus

Sopranos: Susan Davenny-WynerBenita ValenteLois Marshall; Altos: Jennie TourelMarian AndersonCarol SmithMaureen Forrester; Tenors: Seth McCoyJan Peerce; Robert Bloom (oboe)

Boston Records

1951-1980

CD / TT: 75:15

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Bach Aria Group – Cantatas & Cantata Movements

Cantata BWV 60
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 47 []
Duet for Soprano & Bass (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 79 []
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 99 []
Duet for Soprano & Tenor (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 110 []
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 127 []
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 132 []
Recitative for Soprano (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 155 []
Cantata BWV 41
Cantata BWV 42

Frank Brieff, Robert Shaw

Bach Aria Group Chorus & Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale & Orchestra

Soprano: Eileen Farrell; Alto: Carol Smith; Tenor: Jan Peerce; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow

RCA Victor

1953-1954

2-LP / TT:

The RCA Victor France issue does not contain Cantatas BWV 41 & BWV 42 conducted by Robert Shaw

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Bach Aria Group

Duet for Soprano & Bass (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 63 [] [soprano, bass, oboe]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 68 [] [soprano, cello, violin, oboe]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 70 [] [alto, cello]
Aria for Tenor from (Mvt. 4) Cantata BWV 97 [] [tenor, violin]
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 113 [] [tenor, flute]
Aria, Recitative & Arioso for Bass (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 157 [] [bass, flute, violin]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 187 [] [soprano, oboe]
Aria (Duet) for Alto & Tenor (Mvt. 13) from Cantata BWV 205 [] [alto, tenor, flute]

William H. Scheide

Bach Aria Group

Soprano: Eileen Farrell; Alto: Carol Smith; Tenor: Jan Peerce; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow
Maurice Wilk (Violin); Julius Baker (Flute); Robert Bloom (Oboe); Paul Ulanowsky (Piano); Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)

Decca DL-79405

1959

LP / TT:

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Bach Aria Group: Bach Arias for Voices and Instruments

Aria for Bass (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 56 [] [bass, oboe, piano, cello]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 94 [] [alto, flute]
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 97 [] [bass, cello]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 102 [] [alto, oboe]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 115 [] [soprano, flute]
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 205 [] [tenor, violin]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 9) from Cantata BWV 205 [] [soprano, violin]
Aria for Bass Domine Deus (Mvt. 3) from Mass in A Major BWV 234 [] [bass, violin]

William H. Scheide

Bach Aria Group

Soprano: Eileen Farrell; Alto: Carol Smith; Tenor: Jan Peerce; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow
Maurice Wilk (Violin); Julius Baker (Flute); Robert Bloom (Oboe); Paul Ulanowsky (Piano); Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)

Decca DL-9408

1960

LP / TT:

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Bach: Cantata No. 58, Arias from Cantatas Nos. 33, 114, 182, 202, Mass in F

Cantata BWV 58 [soprano, bass, violin]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 33 [] [alto]
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 2) from Cantata BWV 114 [] [tenor, flute]
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 6) fCantata BWV 182 [] [tenor, cello]
Aria for Soprano from Cantata BWV 202 [] [soprano, oboe]
Aria for Alto Quoniam (Mvt. 5) from Mass in F Major BWV 233 [alto, violin]

William H. Scheide; Frank Brieff (BWV 58 only)

Bach Aria Group / Bach Aria Group orchestra (BWV 58 only)

Soprano: Eileen Farrell; Alto: Carol Smith; Tenor: Jan Peerce; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow
Maurice Wilk (Violin); Julius Baker (Flute); Robert Bloom (Oboe); Paul Ulanowsky (Piano); Bernard Greenhouse (Cello)

Decca DL-9411

1960

LP (Mono) / TT:

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Bach Aria Group – Cantatas, Arias & Choruses

CD-1:
Cantata BWV 102
Sinfonia for 2 solo violins & strings
Chorus & Recitative for Alto & Tenor (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 138 [4:22]
Chorus (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 109 [5:41]
Chorus (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 115 [4:06]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 120a [6:56]
CD-2:
Cantata BWV 3
Aria for Tenor (Mvt. 6) from Cantata BWV 182 [5:51]
Aria for Bass (Mvt. 6) from Cantata BWV 42 [3:19]
Aria for Soprano (Mvt. 1) from Cantata BWV 32 [6:15]
Duet for Alto & Tenor (Mvt. 13) Aria from Cantata BWV 205 [3:01]
Aria for Alto (Mvt. 5) from Cantata BWV 132 [4:34]

Brian Priestman

Bach Aria Group Chorus & Orchestra

Soprano: Lois Marshall; Alto: Maureen Forrester; Tenor: Richard Lewis; Bass-Baritone: Norman Farrow

Desto / Vox

Late 1960’s ?

2-CD / TT:

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Later Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Performance hour : The Bach Aria Group

Aria for Bass Die Welt mit allen Königreichen (Mvt. 4) from Cantata BWV 59 [] (Jonathan Frodella, baritone; WooRam Kwon, violin)
Aria for Soprano Saufzen, Tränen, Kummer, Not (Mvt. 3) from Cantata BWV 21 [] (Jennifer DeLatte, soprano; Michal Rogalski, oboe)
Aria for Soprano Ich folge dir gleichfalls (Mvt. 9) from Johannes-Passion BWV 245 [] (Cecilia Leitner, soprano; Carmen Smith, flute)
Aria for Soprano Quia Respexit (Mvt. 3) from Magnificat BWV 243 [] (Lindsey Moneypenny, soprano; Anna Lodico, oboe)
Aria for Alto Esurientes (Mvt. 9) from Magnificat BWV 243 [] (Olivia Vote, mezzo-soprano; Carmen Smith, Laura Dangerfield, flutes)
Trio Suscepit Israel (Mvt. 10) from Magnificat BWV 243 [] (Lindsey Moneypenny, Jennifer DeLatte, sopranos; Olivia Vote, mezzo-soprano; Anna Lodico, Michal Rogalski, oboes)
Aria for Bass Wenn Trost und Hülf ermangeln muss (Mvt. 6) from Cantata BWV 117 [] (Brian Schumacher, baritone ; Wooram Kwon, violin)

Bach Aria Group

Sopranos: Jennifer DeLatteCecilia Leitner, Lindsey Moneypenny; Mezzo-soprano: Olivia Vote; Baritones: Jonathan Frodella. Brian Schumacher

North Carolina School of the Arts: NCSA Audio Collection RG-39

2004

CD / TT: 25:26

Source: WorldCat Libraries