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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.49 (BWV 188, 156, 159, 171)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Robin Blaze
Peter Kooij
Rachel Nicholls
Gerd Türk
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1891 SACD
EAN 7318599918914
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2011
Total time 72'07


In spite of the fact that more than 15 years have passed since Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan began recording all of Bach’s church cantatas, the team’s commitment seems if anything to be increasing as this huge project enters its final stretch. The same evidently applies to the enthusiasm of the reviewers, who have been praising the latest instalments even more fulsomely than usual, with Diapason awarding top marks to Volume 44, Volume 46 being made a ‘Critics’ Choice’ in Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine singling out both Volume 47 and 48 as ‘Choral & Song Choice of the Month’. In the present volume Masaaki Suzuki has gathered four works from 1728-29, with the common denominator that the texts for them were all written by the poet Christian Friedrich Henrici. Using the pseudonym Picander, Henrici collaborated with Bach on numerous occasions, most famously so in the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio. The present cantata texts were included by the poet in a volume which contains similar texts spanning the entire church year, and it seems possible that Bach set the full cycle to music. As there are only nine extant 'Picander cantatas', this would mean that some fifty Bach cantatas have been lost without trace – a significant loss to music. The four works gathered here hint at the variety that may have characterized the Bach-Picander cantata year, with moods spanning from the jubilation of the New Year Cantata BWV171 to the anticipation of Jesus’ path of suffering in Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV159, intended for the Sunday before Passiontide. There is also variety on a more technical level, with BWV188 and BWV156 both beginning with instrumental sinfonias featuring important solo parts for organ and oboe respectively.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Ich habe meine Zuversicht, BWV188 24'04
01 1. Sinfonia 7'50
02 2. Aria (Tenore). Ich habe meine Zuversicht… 6'38
03 3. Recitativo (Basso). Gott meint es gut mit jedermann… 1'59
04 4. Aria (Alto). Unerforschlich ist die Weise… 6'05
05 5. Recitativo (Soprano). Die Macht der Welt verlieret sich… 0'44
06 6. Choral. Auf meinen lieben Gott… 0'48
 
  Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe, BWV156 16'32
07 1. Sinfonia 2'47
08 2. Aria (Tenore, Soprano). Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe… 6'11
09 3. Recitativo (Basso). Mein Angst und Not… 1'32
10 4. Aria (Alto). Herr, was du willt, soll mir gefallen… 4'00
11 5. Recitativo (Basso). Und willst du, dass ich nicht soll kranken… 1'04
12 6. Choral. Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir… 0'58
 
  Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV159 14'49
13 1. Arioso e Recitativo (Basso, Alto). Sehet / Komm, schaue doch… 2'34
14 2. Duetto (Alto, Soprano). Ich folge dir nach… 4'17
15 3. Recitativo (Tenore). Nun will ich mich… 0'57
16 4. Aria (Basso). Es ist vollbracht… 5'50
17 5. Choral. Jesu, deine Passion… 1'11
 
  Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm, BWV171 14'39
18 1. [Chorus]. Gott, wie dein Name… 1'56
19 2. Aria (Tenore). Herr, so weit die Wolken gehen… 3'53
20 3. Recitativo (Alto). Du süßer Jesus-Name du… 1'01
21 4. Aria (Soprano). Jesus soll mein erstes Wort… 4'07
22 5. Recitativo (Basso). Und da du, Herr, gesagt… 1'44
23 6. Choral. Lass uns das Jahr vollbringen… 1'58
 
  Album total 72'07
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
TenorTurk (Türk), Gerd
BassKooij, Peter
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin
SopranoNicholls, Rachel

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