Episode 4: Lisa Batiashvili Plays 'Erbarme dich' from St. Matthew Passion

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Every weekday during November, WQXR offers a free, daily download of a noteworthy Bach recording. Today, Lisa Batiashvili Plays 'Erbarme dich' arranged for violin, oboe, strings and continuo from the St. Matthew Passion.

Album Details:
Lisa Batiashvili
'Erbarme dich' arranged for violin, oboe, strings and continuo from the St. Matthew Passion
Available at Arkivmusic.com

The alto aria "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" ("Have mercy Lord, My God, because of my weeping") from Bach's St. Matthew Passion is one of his most intensely lyrical creations, dispelling the charge that he was an overly cerebral composer. It's been memorably sung by leading mezzo-sopranos, and is often delivered as a kind of prayer (a plucking bass line is evocative of the "weeping" in the music). This arrangement brings together violinist Lisa Batiashvili, her husband Francois Leleux (on oboe d'amore) and strings from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Chamber Orchestra. It's one of WQXR's current Albums of the Week.

Below: Batiashvili tells WQXR about the "Erbarme Dich" arrangement:

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Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drrama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. Great as BACH was/is each composer has his/her own style and format and content so it is not appropriate to claim the top of the totem pole to any one great composer, no matter how great. I am partial to RICHARD WAGNER because his music most touchest both my personal and professional life. But Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Massenet, Debussy, Giordano, Schubert, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Richard and Johann Strauss, Moussorsky, Borodin, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Bizet, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as professional life. Ask a mother or father who their favorite child is if they have more than one and one will see it is not that easy to marginalize one's preferences. ALL deserve our attention and respect. There will always be time and devotion cheerfully dedicated to the presentation of this great master's ouevre. The test of time is virtually always the most respected judgment on the preciousness of anything. BACH's music has met that test. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the great titanic geniuses of music and his music and its influence will be forever with us no matter what the current fads that will turn up as certainly as day follows night. SIngers and instrumentalists and music lovers all clamor for more BACH. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"], teacher of voice production and I train and coach big-voiced singers in the Wagner rep and actors in the Shakespeare oeuvre. www.WagnerOpera.com

Nov. 13 2014 12:36 AM

>The alto aria "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" ("Have mercy Lord, My God, because of my weeping") from Bach's St. Matthew Passion is one of his most intensely lyrical creations< -- but we got it on the violin. And paraphrasing Jeff Spurgeon, "The words aren't here, but the music speaks for itself."

Ah, an aria from a large choral work, with no singer and no words. I'm still waiting for the ocarina transcription of "Air on a G String." DD~~

Nov. 06 2014 11:44 PM

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