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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.27 (BWV 5, 80, 115)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Pascal Bertin
Peter Kooij
Susanne Rydén
Gerd Türk
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1421 CD
EAN 7318590014219
Format CD
Release date Mar 2005
Total time 68'18


Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (BWV 80), one of the best-loved of all Bach Cantatas, opens volume 27 of Masaaki Suzuki’s and Bach Collegium Japan’s journey through the world of J. S. Bach. Even though the year of its composition is uncertain, it has been included on this disc, since its structure makes it part of the Chorale Cantata Year, the great church music project that Bach began in 1724. Each cantata belonging to the project was based on the text of one specific chorale, using it (or versions of it) not only for the choral movements but also for recitatives and arias. Intending BWV 80 for Reformation Day (celebrated each year on 31st October), Bach’s choice of chorale was obvious: the most famous hymn by Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation. Less dramatic and forceful, the accompanying two cantatas Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV5) and Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit (BWV115) are equally full of arresting instances of Bach’s great genius, and as always the informative liner notes by Klaus Hofmann serve as a useful guide through the works. The work of Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki is by now self-recommending, but this disc also offers the opportunity to hear two new (for this series) and exciting soloists, Susanne Rydén (soprano) and Pascal Bertin (counter-tenor), bott making their débuts on BIS.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 23'21
01 I. Chorus - Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott 5'32
02 II. Aria & Choral (basso, soprano) - Alles, was von Gott geboren... 3'41
03 III. Recitativo (basso) - Erwäge doch, Kind Gottes, die so grasse Liebe... 1'53
04 IV. Aria (soprano) - Komm in mein Herzenhaus... 3'00
05 V. Choral - Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär... 3'03
06 VI. Recitativo (tenore) - So stehe dann bei Christi blutgefärbten Fahne... 1'16
07 VII. Aria (alto, tenore) - Wie selig sind doch die, die Gott im Munde tragen... 4'01
08 VIII. Choral - Das Wort sie sollen lassen stahn... 0'55
 
  Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5 20'42
09 I. Chorus - Wo soll ich fliehen hin... 3'37
10 II. Recitativo (basso) - Der Sünden Wust hat mich nicht nur befleckt... 1'06
11 III. Aria (tenore) - Ergiesse dich reichlich, du göttliche Quelle... 6'25
12 IV. Recitativo a tempo (alto) - Mein treuer Heiland tröstet mich... 1'29
13 V. Aria (basso) - Verstumme, Höllenheer... 6'30
14 VI. Recitativo (soprano) - Ich bin ja nur das kleinste Teil der Welt... 0'51
15 VII. Choral - Führ auch mein Herz und Sinn... 0'44
 
  Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115 22'27
16 I. Chorus - Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit... 3'52
17 II. Aria (alto) - Ach schläfrige Seele, wie? ruhest du noch?... 8'33
18 III. Recitativo (basso) - Gott, so vor deine Seele wacht... 1'15
19 IV. Aria (soprano) - Bete aber auch dabei... 7'08
20 V. Recitativo (tenore) - Er sehnet sich nach unserm Schreien... 0'50
21 VI. Choral - Drum so lasst uns immerdar... 0'49
 
  Album total 68'18
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
SopranoRydén, Susanne
BassKooij, Peter
TenorTurk (Türk), Gerd
Counter-tenorBertin, Pascal

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