Bach - Secular Cantatas VIII

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Bach - Secular Cantatas VIII

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Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2017

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BIS2231

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1

Release date:

30th June 2017

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7318599922317

Length:

70 minutes

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Hybrid Multi-channel
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Bach - Secular Cantatas VIII

Celebratory Cantatas


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV206 'Schleigt,spielende Wellen, und murmelt gelinde'

Cantata BWV215 'Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen'


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Besides the fact that they both celebrate Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, there is a close connection between the two works included on the eighth volume of Bach's secular cantatas. On October 2nd, 1734, the King and his family made a surprise visit to Leipzig, and in all haste a festive event was planned for three days later, in celebration of the anniversary of Augustus's ascension to the Polish throne. Bach was asked to provide the musical entertainment, and consequently had to put aside the work he was busy composing...namly BWV 206 ''Schleicht, spielende Wellen'', intended for a celebration of the King's birthday on October 7th! The new cantata, Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215, is a substantial work, and it is not surprising that Bach, with only a few days to produce it, had recourse to earlier compositions: the only parts that were written completely from scratch were the recitatives, the soprano aria and the final chorus. In the meantime, BWV 206 - the birthday cantata that Bach had to put on hold - came to good use two years later, when the King's birthday was celebrated with a concert at Zimmermann's coffee house in Leipzig. Both works are richly scored with trumpets and timpani, and here receive suitably festive performances form Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 1, Schleicht, spielende Wellen!

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 2, O glückliche Veränderung!

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 3, Schleuß des Janustempels Türen

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 4, So recht, beglückter Weichselstrom!

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 5, Jede Woge meiner Wellen

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 6, Ich nehm zugleich an deiner Freude teil

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 7, Reis, von Habsburgs hohem Stamme

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 8, Verzeiht, bemooste Häupter starker Ströme

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 9, Hört doch der sanften Flöten Chor

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 10, Ich muss, ich will gehorsam sein

Schleicht, spielende Wellen, BWV 206: No. 11, Die himmlische Vorsicht der ewigen Güte

Johann Sebastian Bach: Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 1, Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 2, Wie konnen wir, Grossmachtigster August

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 3, Freilich trotzt Augustus' Name

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 4, Was hast dich sonst, Sarmatien, bewogen

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 5, Rase nur, verwegner Schwarm

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 6, Ja, ja! Gott ist uns noch mit seiner Hülfe nah

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 7, Durch die von Eifer entflammeten Waffen

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 8, Lass doch, o teurer Landesvater, zu

Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215: No. 9, Stifter der Reiche, Beherrscher der Kronen

Gramophone Magazine

August 2017

“Both the gentleness and ecstatic immediacy of Bach’s rich imagery become apparent at the outset and each movement is performed at a compellingly high level. The liquid and brilliantly projected bass-singing of Roderick Williams is simply majestic...After 22 years of intensive Bach recording, Suzuki and his forces just seem to get better.”

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