Bach - Cantatas Volume 14


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 14



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1st June 2001




65 minutes


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 14

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV148 'Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens'

Cantata BWV48 'Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlösen'

Cantata BWV89 'Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?'

Cantata BWV109 'Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben'

Midori Suzuki (soprano), Robin Blaze (alto), Gerd Türk (tenor), Chiyuki Urano (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki



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Johann Sebastian Bach: Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens, BWV 148

Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens (Chorus)

Aria: Ich eile, die Lehren (Tenor)

Recitative: So, wie der Hirsch (Alto)

Aria: Mund und Herze steht dir offen (Alto)

Recitative: Bleib auch, mein Gott, in mir (Tenor)

Chorale: Amen zu aller Stund

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen, BWV 48

Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlosen (Chorus)

Recitative: O Schmerz, o Elend, so mich trifft (Alto)

Chorale: Solls ja so sein

Aria: Ach lege das Sodom der sundlichen Glieder (Alto)

Recitative: Hier aber tut des Heilands Hand (Tenor)

Aria: Vergibt mir Jesus meine Sunden (Tenor)

Chorale: Herr Jesu Christ, einiger Trost

Johann Sebastian Bach: Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim, BWV 89

Aria: Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim? (Bass)

Recitative: Ja, freilich sollte Gott (Alto)

Aria: Ein unbarmherziges Gerichte (Alto)

Recitative: Wohlan! Mein Herze legt (Soprano)

Aria: Gerechter Gott, ach rechnest du? (Soprano)

Chorale: Mir mangelt zwar sehr viel

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben, BWV 109

Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglaben! (Chorus)

Recitative: Des Herren Hand ist ja noch nicht verkurzt (Tenor)

Aria: Wie zweifelhaftig ist mein Hoffen (Tenor)

Recitative: O fasse dich, du zweifelhafter Mut (Alto)

Aria: Der Heiland kennet ja die Seinen (Alto)

Chorale: Wer hofft in Gott und dem vertraut

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Masaaki Suzuki's considered approach to this oeuvre is what marks him out as a distinctive voice in current Bach performance. This volume reveals much of the best in the series so far: consistently good singing, a sustained familiarity with the music (not always to be taken for granted in the studio) beyond mere pristine executancy, and Suzuki's guiding hand which is especially attentive to the textual motivation in Bach's music.
A broader approach seems to win the day for much in this disc, as can be admired in the defining logic of the fine opening fugal chorus of Bringet dem Herrn (No 148), whose resplendent contrapuntal bravura takes thrilling flight in the chapel's ringing acoustic. Here, and rather less so in the relatively unpolished Leusink reading, the paragraphs connect in a way which ensures an inexorable momentum and sustained uplift – which was rarely achieved in performances of this work from the early days of Bach cantata recordings. The instrumental and obbligato playing throughout is of a high order (if not perhaps boasting the depth of string quality of Koopman), doubtless inspired by the alto and tenor of Robin Blaze and Gerd Türk respectively – who are the main soloists in all four works. Both sing with delectation and authority.
In No 109 Suzuki eschews over-characterisation and instead accentuates the instrumental profile as the means of gathering the disparate melodic ideas. There are many other highlights here.
The plangent opening lament-chorus of No 48 is slower than Koopman's, but it's a remarkably controlled, even and luminous creation. If not always emotionally exhaustive, Bach Collegium Japan explore the naked emptiness in this work, leaving you feeling properly wrung out. A notable achievement.”

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