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Gotthold Schwarz (Bass-Baritone, Conductor)

Born: August 12, 1952 - Zwickau, Saxony, Germany

The German bass-baritone and conductor, Gotthold Schwarz, was the son of the Kantor of St. Paul Church in Zwickau, which gave him an early contact with music. He began his musical career in 1964 as a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig, the boys' choir in Leipzig founded in 1212 and directed by J.S. Bach, among others, as the Thomaskantor. Schwarz has collaborated with the choir since in several functions. After completion of a church music education at the College of Church Music in Dresden, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig, voice with Gerda Schriever, organ with Wolfgang Schetelich and Hannes Kästner and conducting with Max Pommer and Hans-Joachim Rotzsch. Later he studied privately with Peter Schreier, Hermann Christian Polster and Helmuth Rilling.

After graduation, Gotthold Schwarz worked as a cantatas and oratorio singer. In 1979 he was appointed by Thomaskantor Hans-Joachim Rotzsch as vocal coach of the Thomanerchor Leipzig, serving also as a deputy and interim Thomaskantor in 1992, 1999, 2002-2003, and 2015-2016. In 2011, he served as an interim conductor for Georg-Christoph Biller. Schwartz sang with conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Peter Schreier, Martin Haselböck, and with ensembles including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Dresdner Kreuzchor. Extensive international engagements as soloist have taken him, interalia, to the USA, Finland and Japan. In Germany he has been a guest at all famous festivals, as well as at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Musikverein. His repertoire embraces a wide spectrum of concert and oratorio literature.

Gotthold Schwarz has taken part in numerous radio and record productions. He recorded several Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner as part of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. With the Thomanerchor Leipzig, conducted by Georg-Christoph Biller, he recorded J.S. Bach's Cantatas Es erhub sich ein Streit, BWV 19, Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79, and Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80, the Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and the Vox Christi in the St John Passion (BWV 245). He recorded J.S. Bach's solo cantatas for bass BWV 56, BWV 82, and BWV 158 with the Thomanerchor Leipzig, conducted by Michael Schneider and his orchestra La Stagione Frankfurt.

Increasingly, Gotthold Schwarz has appeared as a conductor. He founded his own ensembles Concerto Vocale Leipzig in 1984 and the Sächsisches Barockorchester (Saxon Baroque Orchestra) in 1990. As a guest conductor he worked with the choir and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In 1993, he founded with gambist Siegfried Pank and organist Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss a Baroque trio in order to perform mostly music of the Bach Family, but also other Baroque music.

Gotthold Schwarz has been a teacher at the Hochschule für Musik "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig since 1986. He was a juror of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in 2004. He resides in Leipzig.

 


Source: Liner notes to Capriccio CD 60023-2 (Johannes-Passion, conducted by Hermann Max, 1991); Wukipedia Website (2013); City of Leipzig Website (Februasry 4, 2015)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001); Matthias Handen (February 2015)

Gotthold Schwarz: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss

Bass

BWV 127, BWV 180
BWV 232[2nd], BWV 235, BWV 236, BWV 244 [1st]

Frieder Bernius

Bass

BWV 104, BWV 249

Konstanze Beyer

Bass

Radio: BWV 203

Georg Christoph Biller

Bass

BWV 1, BWV 3, BWV 4, BWV 19, BWV 23 [3rd], BWV 43, BWV 61, BWV 65, BWV 72, BWV 79, BWV 80, BWV 182
BWV 232, BWV 244 [3rd, Video], BWV 245

Jürgen Budday

Bass

BWV 232

Christophe Coin

Bass

BWV 6, BWV 41, BWV 49, BWV 68, BWV 85, BWV 115, BWV 175, BWV 180, BWV 183

Matthias Eisenberg

Bass

BWV 439-507

Martin Flämig

Bass

BWV 127, BWV 232 [4th]

John Eliot Gardiner

Bass

BWV 16, BWV 98, BWV 133, BWV 139
BCP:
BWV 38, BWV 46, BWV 96, BWV 98, BWV 101, BWV 102, BWV 116, BWV 188

John Eliot Gardiner

Bass

Member of Monteverdi Choir:
C-10 (1998);
BWV 133

Matthias Grünert

Bass

BWV 248/1-6 [2nd]

Klaus-Erhard Heinrich

Bass

BWV 248/1-6

Werner Hümmeke

Bass

BWV 248

Roderich Kreile

Bass

BWV 232 [1st]

Martin Krumbiegel

Bass

BWV 232 [1st], BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 245, BWV 248/1-3, BWV 248/4-6

Markus Leidenberger

Bass

BWV 232 [2nd]

Leipziger Concert Ensemble

Bass

Movements from BWV 140, BWV 245

Martin Lutz

Bass

BWV 245

Hermann Max

Bass

BWV 245

Hauke Ramm

Bass

BWV 244, BWV 245, BWV 248/1-3

Ulrich Schicha

Bass

BWV 232

Martin Schirrmeister

Bass

BWV 232

Michael Schneider

Bass

BWV 56, BWV 82, BWV 158

Steffen Schreyer

Bass

BWV 232

Wolfgang Unger

Bass

BWV 198

Links to other Sites

Gotthold SchwarA (Wikipedia) [English]
Gotthold Schwarz (Wikipedia) [German]

Gotthold Schwarz übernimmt das Interim im Thomaskantorat (Stadt Leipzig) [German]

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