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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.45 (BWV 39, 187, 129)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Robin Blaze
Peter Kooij
Yukari Nonoshita
Natsumi Wakamatsu
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1801 SACD
EAN 7318599918013
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Oct 2009
Total time 65'42


During the period from which these three cantatas come, Bach no longer presented a new cantata of his own every Sunday. Instead he made extensive use of compositions by others, including his own second cousin Johann Ludwig Bach, court composer at Meiningen. In several instances, Bach also reused texts set by Johann Ludwig for his own compositions, including two of the cantatas here, Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot and Es wartet alles auf dich. Both of these follow a pattern which falls into two parts, with the opening text of each section being taken from the Old and the New Testament respectively. The third cantata, Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, is also unusual in its structure, in that it utilizes five strophes of a single hymn, word for word. The hymn strophes are respectively used for an opening chorus, three arias and a closing chorale, with the first and fifth movement - resplendently scored with trumpets and timpani - utilizing the same hymn melody, although in very different ways. The three arias (for bass, soprano and alto) are more intimate in size, but also highly varied, addressing in turn Christ, the Holy Spirit and the full Trinity. The disc closes with a movement for solo violin and orchestra, thought to be an opening sinfonia for an unknown cantata. It is possibly a late arrangement of an early work, as the highly virtuosic solo part seems to suggest influences from the Italian violin concertos that were making such an impact in Germany during the first decades of the 18th century. With this disc the cantata series of Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki reaches its 45th instalment, to ever-growing acclaim, as exemplified by a recent review regarding Volume 42: 'a recording which shows Suzuki maturing along with Bach... another fine instalment in this most consistent of series' (International Record Review).
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV39 20'09
01 1. [Chorus]. Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot… 7'05
02 2. Recitativo (Basso). Der reiche Gott wirft seinen Überfluss… 1'27
03 3. Aria (Alto). Seinem Schöpfer noch auf Erden… 3'26
04 4. [Aria] (Basso). Wohlzutun und mitzuteilen vergesset nicht… 2'37
05 5. Aria (Soprano). Höchster, was ich habe… 2'58
06 6. Recitativo (Alto). Wie soll ich dir, o Herr, denn sattsamlich vergelten… 1'34
07 7. Choral. Selig sind, die aus Erbarmen… 1'02
 
  Es wartet alles auf dich, BWV187 19'52
08 1. [Chorus]. Es wartet alles auf dich… 5'44
09 2. Recitativo (Basso). Was Kreaturen hält… 0'56
10 3. Aria (Alto). Du Herr, du krönst allein das Jahr mit deinem Gut… 3'41
11 4. [Aria] (Basso). Darum sollt ihr nicht sorgen noch sagen… 2'25
12 5. Aria (Soprano). Gott versorget alles Leben… 3'50
13 6. Recitativo (Soprano). Halt ich nur fest an ihm… 1'19
14 7. Choral. Gott hat die Erde zugericht’… 1'57
 
  Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV129 17'20
15 1. [Chorus]. Gelobet sei der Herr… 3'57
16 2. Aria (Basso). Gelobet sei der Herr… 3'23
17 3. Aria (Soprano). Gelobet sei der Herr… 3'55
18 4. Aria (Alto). Gelobet sei der Herr… 4'36
19 5. Chorale. Dem wir das Heilig itzt… 1'29
 
20 Sinfonia D-Dur für Violine und Orchester, BWV1045 6'28
 
  Album total 65'42
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
BassKooij, Peter
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin
SopranoNonoshita, Yukari
ViolinWakamatsu, Natsumi

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