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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.31 (BWV 91, 101, 121, 133)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Robin Blaze
Peter Kooij
Yukari Nonoshita
Gerd Türk
Bach Collegium Japan
Concerto Palatino
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1481 SACD
EAN 7318599914817
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Apr 2006
Total time 77'25

Music Web International: outstanding.

On this disc three jubilant Christmas cantatas, BWV91, BWV121 and BWV133, all from 1724, are performed along with Nimm von uns Herr (BWV101), a work of more sombre colours from the same year.
The latest additions to Masaaki Suzuki’s cantata cycle have been receiving high praise, with volume 29 (BIS-CD-1461) gathering top marks and a recommendation from German web site Klassik Heute, as well as being named ‘Opera & Vocal Disc of the Month’ in Classic FM Magazine (UK) and ‘Benchmark Recording’ in BBC Music Magazine. The critic in Classic FM Magazine wrote: ‘The sheer polish and technical accomplishment of the music-making immediately hold the ear, and are reinforced by subtle phrasing and a quality of listening among all concerned that allows Bach’s counterpoint to progress with lightness and jaw-dropping clarity.’ Volume 28 (BIS-CD-1451) was also noticed by the reviewers, who reported about ‘consistently outstanding performances, musical beyond belief, and worthy of any collection’ (MusicWeb International.) The critic of the French magazine Classica-Répertoire was especially impressed by the orchestra and ‘the flawlessness of its interpretation, the beauty of its colours and the liveliness of its playing.’
On the present disc Bach Collegium Japan is complemented by the brass players of Concerto Palatino, who add to all of these qualities. The four soloists are all veterans of the BCJ cantata cycle.
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 91 15'23
01 I. Chorus - Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ... 2'36
02 II. Recitativo (soprano) - Der Glanz der höchsten Herrlichkeit... 1'37
03 III. Aria (tenore) - Gott, dem der Erden Kreis zu klein... 2'31
04 IV. Recitativo (bass) - O Christenheit! Wohlan, so mache die bereit... 1'17
05 V. Aria Duetto (soprano, alto) - Die Armut, so Gott auf sich nimmt... 6'42
06 VI. Chorale - Das hat er alles uns getan... 0'40
  Nimmt von uns Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101 26'02
07 I. Chorus - Nimmt von uns Herr, du treuer Gott... 7'42
08 II. Aria (tenore) - Handle nicht nach deinen Rechten... 3'08
09 III. Recitativo (soprano) - Ach! Herr Gott, durch die Treue dein... 2'05
10 IV. Aria (basso) - Warum will du so zornig sein?... 4'14
11 V. Recitativo (tenore) - Die Sünd hat uns verderbet sehr... 1'58
12 VI. Aria (soprano, alto) - Gedenk an Jesu bittern Tod!... 6'10
13 VII. Chorale - Leit uns mit deiner rechten Hand... 0'45
  Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 16'33
14 I. Chorus - Christum wir sollen loben schon... 2'50
15 II. Aria (tenore) - O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur... 4'17
16 III. Recitativo (alto) - Der Gnade unermesslich´s Wesen... 1'08
17 IV. Aria (basso) - Johannis freudenvolles Springen... 6'25
18 V. Recitativo (soprano) - Doch wie erblickt er dich in deiner Krippe?... 0'53
19 VI. Choral - Lob, Ehr und Dank sei dir gesagt... 1'00
  Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133 17'25
20 I. Chorus - Ich freue mich in dir... 3'49
21 II. Aria (alto) - Getrost! es fasst ein heiliger Leib... 3'57
22 III. Recitativo (tenore) - Ein Adam mag sich voller Schrecken... 1'02
23 IV. Aria (soprano) - Wie lieblich klingt er in den Ohren... 6'39
24 V. Recitativo (bass) - Wohlan, des Todes Furcht und Schmerz... 1'00
25 VI. Choral - Wohlan, so will ich mich... 0'58
  Album total 77'25
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Brass ensembleConcerto Palatino
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
SopranoNonoshita, Yukari
TenorTurk (Türk), Gerd
BassKooij, Peter
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin

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