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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.41 (BWV 56, 82, 158, 84)

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Peter Kooij
Carolyn Sampson
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1691 SACD
EAN 7318599916910
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Oct 2008
Total time 64'04

BBC Music Magazine: Choice of the Month.

As on two other recent instalments (Vols 37 & 38) in his Cantata cycle, Masaaki Suzuki here concentrates on the so-called solo cantatas, incidentally providing an opportunity for two of the highly acclaimed soloists of this series, Carolyn Sampson and Peter Kooij, to shine even more brightly. Of the two cantatas for soprano, Ich habe genung (BWV82) is among the best-known of all of Bach’s cantatas, and was evidently held in high regard from an early stage. It was originally set for bass (and appears as such on Volume 38), and source materials show that Bach performed it at least four times. Bach’s wife Anna Magdalena must also have been especially fond of it: a partial arrangement for soprano and harpsichord was included in her second Klavierbüchlein. Ich bin vergnügt (BWV84) is a slighter work in which the oboe plays an important soloistic part. Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, the weightier of the bass cantatas, is a meditiation on the cross of Jesus, but also on the suffering and need that mankind must bear. The texts, by an unknown librettist, inspired Bach to produce music of sublime earnestness, great expressive depth and full of rich, immediate imagery. Whereas these three cantatas were all composed during the winter of 1726-27, Der Friede sei mit dir has a less certain place in the chronology. It is in fact probable that it was assembled from movements from various sources, perhaps by an arranger rather than by Bach himself. The centrepiece of the cantata is the large-scale bass aria with its demanding violin solo; here a chorale strophe sung by a soprano is interfoliated line by line. This movement also features the first appearance in the Bach Collegium Japan Cantata cycle of the young Czech soprano Hana Blažíková.
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV56 17'47
01 1. Aria. Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen… 6'42
02 2. Recitativo. Mein Wandel auf der Welt… 1'43
03 3. Aria. Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch… 6'33
04 4. Recitativo. Ich stehe fertig und bereit… 1'30
05 5. Choral. Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder… 1'19
  Ich habe genung, BWV82 (soprano version in E minor) 21'10
06 1. Aria. Ich habe genung… 6'35
07 2. Recitativo. Ich habe genung… 1'05
08 3. Aria. Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen… 9'28
09 4. Recitativo. Mein Gott! wenn kömmt das schöne: Nun!… 0'46
10 5. Aria. Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod… 3'16
  Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV158 9'40
11 1. Recitativo (Basso). Der Friede sei mit dir… 1'38
12 2. Aria con Corale (Basso, Soprano). Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde… 5'44
13 3. Recitativo (Basso). Nun, Herr, regiere meinen Sinn… 1'19
14 4. Choral. Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm… 0'59
  Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, BWV84 13'53
15 1. Aria. Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke… 6'15
16 2. Recitativo. Gott ist mir ja nichts schuldig… 1'27
17 3. Aria. Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot… 4'15
18 4. Recitativo. Im Schweiße meines Angesichts… 1'00
19 5. Choral. Ich leb indes in dir vergnüget… 0'56
  Album total 64'04
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
BassKooij, Peter
SopranoSampson, Carolyn

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