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A Choral Year with J.S. Bach

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1951 CD
EAN 7318590019511
Format CD
Release date Aug 2010
Total time 82'15


Founded by Masaaki Suzuki in 1990, the Bach Collegium Japan began its landmark series of Bach's cantatas in 1995. In order to celebrate the ensemble's 20th anniversary - and indeed the 15th anniversary of the start of the cantata cycle - Suzuki has now devised a compilation of some of his personal favourites among the choral movements from the cantatas. The programme of the disc follows the Lutheran liturgical calendar, beginning with Advent and ending with the Feast of the Reformation, a feast which commemorates the day (31st October 1517) on which Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, the spark that would set off the Reformation in Germany. This disc thus traverses the full range of events and emotions that constitute the church year, from the joyous expectancy of Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, by way of the Passion of Christ, to Bach's elaboration on Martin Luther's own hymn Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. In his own comments to the ample (82-minutes-and-counting!) selection, Masaaki Suzuki gives his reasons for choosing these particular movements, and also offers two further favourites 'beyond the church year'. These are both pieces which in different ways transcend the boundaries of calendars, churches, religions and even nations: Bach's universally loved setting of Jesus bleibet meine Freude, and Dona Nobis Pacem, the heartfelt prayer for peace for the world from the B minor Mass.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
01 First Sunday in Advent: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV61/1 2'44
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
02 Christmas Day: Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, BWV110/1 6'17
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
03 New Year’s Day: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV190/1 4'40
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
04 Epiphany: Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV65/1 4'25
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
05 Third Sunday after Epiphany: Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, BWV72/1 3'18
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
06 Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV125/1 5'55
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
07 Passion of Our Lord: Kommt, ihr Töchter from St Matthew Passion, BWV244/1 8'01
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
08 Easter Sunday: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV4/2 4'02
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
09 Pentecost: Erschallet, ihr Lieder, BWV172/1 3'50
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
10 First Sunday after Trinity: Die Elenden sollen essen, BWV75/1 4'30
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
11 Eighth Sunday after Trinity: Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz, BWV136/1 3'44
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
12 Tenth Sunday after Trinity: Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben, BWV102/1 5'36
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
13 Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity: Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV78/1 5'23
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
14 Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV8/1 5'35
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
15 Feast of the Reformation: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV80/1 5'32
 
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Beyond the Church Year: 6'39
16 Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV147/10 3'01
17 Dona Nobis Pacem from Mass in B minor, BWV232/27 3'38
 
  Album total 82'15
Choir & orchestraBach Collegium Japan
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki

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