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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.52 (BWV 140, 112, 29)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Robin Blaze
Hana Blažíková
Peter Kooij
Gerd Türk
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1981 SACD
EAN 7318599919812
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Nov 2012
Total time 63'38


10/10, Classicstoday.com
International Record Review 04/2013: “The orchestral playing is superb… A particular highlight is Blazikova’s soprano aria ‘Gedenk an uns mit deiner Liebe’ in Suzuki’s BWV29 – prayerful, stirring and lingeringly haunting. …highly recommended…”

On the 52nd disc in his monumental undertaking of recording all the sacred cantatas by J.S. Bach, Masaaki Suzuki includes one of the best-loved cantatas of all, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140. With the famous chorale as the unifying element, Bach creates a majestic first movement which is followed by a couple of the most beautiful love duets in the history of music, between the Soul and Jesus, here interpreted by the soprano Hana Blažíková and Peter Kooij, bass.
Following BWV 140 on the disc is Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (‘the Lord is my faithful shepherd’), in which an adaptation from 1531 of the famous Psalm 23 provides the text for all five movements. It is thus a late addition, composed in 1731, to the so-called chorale cantatas that Bach composed a number of in 1724-25.
The final cantata in this volume was composed for a church service celebrating the inauguration of a new city council, a ‘Ratswahl cantata’. For this unusually festive occasion Bach clearly wished to demonstrate to the Leipzig notables how sacred music was flourishing under his direction and to present himself as a composer. As a result, the opening sinfonia is a brilliant organ concerto movement, while the first chorus is a reworking of material which Bach would return to in the Dona nobis pacem of his Mass in B minor. The ending of the cantata is suitably splendid and festive, with trumpets and timpani joining in the praise ‘unto God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost’ expressed in the closing chorale.
As this recording project is nearing completion – three more volumes remain to be released – reviewers worldwide are commending it for its consistently high standards, with the German web site Klassik Heute remarking that Suzuki ‘not even towards the end of his marathon is showing any lack of freshness or breath – one can only wait impatiently for the final discs of this series’.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 25'59
01 1. Chorale. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme… 6'51
02 2. Recitativo (Tenore). Er kommt, er kommt 1'03
03 3. Aria Duetto (Soprano, Basso). Wenn kömmst du, mein Heil? 5'57
04 4. Chorale (Tenore). Zion hört die Wächter singen 3'53
05 5. Recitativo (Basso). So geh herein zu mir 1'23
06 6. Aria Duetto (Soprano, Basso). Mein Freund ist mein 5'23
07 7. Choral. Gloria sei dir gesungen 1'29
 
  Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt, BWV 112 12'54
08 1. [Chorus]. Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt 2'35
09 2. Aria (Alto). Zum reinen Wasser er mich weist 3'58
10 3. Recitativo (Basso). Und ob ich wandert im finstern Tal 1'37
11 4. [Duetto] (Soprano, Tenore). Du bereitest für mir einen Tisch 3'45
12 5. Choral. Gutes und die Barmherzigkeit 0'59
 
  Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29 23'18
13 1. Sinfonia 3'37
14 2. Chorus. Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir 3'11
15 3. Aria (Tenore). Halleluja, Stärk und Macht 5'38
16 4. Recitativo (Basso). Gott Lob! es geht uns wohl! 0'58
17 5. Aria (Soprano). Gedenk an uns mit deiner Liebe 5'49
18 6. Recitativo [e Chorus] (Alto). Vergiss es ferner nicht, mit deiner Hand 0'29
19 7. Arioso (Alto). Halleluja, Stärk und Macht 1'49
20 8. Choral. Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren 1'47
 
  Album total 63'38
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
TenorTürk, Gerd
SopranoBlažíková, Hana
BassKooij, Peter
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin

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