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Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki return to their cantatas cycle with four cantatas composed for specific events.
These sacred occasional pieces are independent works and did not form part of his cantata cycles for the Sundays and feast days of the church year. Two of cantatas (BWV 195 and BWV 120a) were intended for wedding ceremonies, and one for a funeral (Ich lasse dich nicht… BWV 157), but the setting for the fourth piece, Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192, is unknown.
The cycle of cantatas initiated by Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan in 1995 is nearing completion, with four volumes to come. Volume 50 was acclaimed by reviewers who praised the continued high quality of interpretation and performance.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Dem Gerechten muss das Licht, BWV 195
Dem Gerechten muss das Licht immer wieder aufgehen (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Recitative: Dem Freudenlicht gerechter Frommen (Bass)
Aria: Ruhmet Gottes Gut und Treu (Bass)
Recitative: Wohlan, so knupfet denn ein Band (Soprano)
Wir kommen, deine Heiligkeit (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Chorale: Nun danket all und bringet Ehr (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192
Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)
Duet: Der ewig reiche Gott (Soprano, Bass)
Lob, Ehr und Preis sei Gott (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV 157
Duet: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn! (Tenor, Bass)
Aria: Ich halte meinen Jesum feste (Tenor)
Recitative: Mein lieber Jesu du (Tenor)
Aria, Recitative and Arioso: Ja, ja, ich halte Jesum feste (Bass)
Chorale: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht (Chorus)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge, BWV 120a
Herr Gott, Beherrscher aller Dinge (Chorus)
Recitative and Chorus: Wie wunderbar, o Gott, sind deine Werke (Bass, Tenor, Chorus)
Aria: Leit, o Gott, durch deine Liebe (Soprano)
Recitative: Herr Zebaoth (Tenor, Chorus)
Aria: Herr, fange an und sprich den Segen (Alto, Tenor)
Recitative: Der Herr, Herr unser Gott (Bass)
Choral: Lobe den Herren (Chorus)
14th October 2012
“Even by the standards of Suzuki's continuing cantata series...this is an outstanding release...The duets of BWV 192 and 157 are deftly done, while the dense and complex choruses of BWV 195 are utterly stunning.”
“[BWV 157] contrives a ravishing foil to all the nuptial exuberance. Its tenor aria is elegantly turned by Christoph Genz...Suzuki's customary transparent springiness, sensitivity and almost feline gracefulness ensure a trousseau of sophisticated delights.”
“Suzuki accords these works the same level of respect as Bach did, consistently striking the right balance between either joyous celebration or sober reflection and a controlled dignity proper to the occasions they adorned. His choir and orchestra perform lovingly as ever, phrasing with profond taste and intelligence, and benefitting from sound and balance judged to perfection.”
28th January 2013
“Suzuki and his well-honed forces lavish at least as much loving attention on them as usual...Fluently stylish and idiomatic, the performers live and breathe Bach's music with as much immediacy as if it had been composed yesterday...one of the very best and most joyful in the series so far.”
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