Bach - Cantatas Volume 15


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 15



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1st Sept 2001




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 15

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV40 'Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes'

Cantata BWV60 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort'

Cantata BWV70a 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!'

Cantata BWV90 'Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende'



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Johann Sebastian Bach: Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40

Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes (Chorus)

Recitative: Das Wort ward Fleisch (Tenor)

Chorale: Die Sund macht Leid

Aria: Hollische Schlange (Bass)

Recitative: Die schlange, so im Paradies (Alto)

Chorale: Schuttle deinen Kopf und sprich

Aria: Christenkinder, freuet euch! (Tenor)

Chorale: Jesu, nimm dich deiner Glieder

Johann Sebastian Bach: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60

Aria: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (Alto, Tenor)

Recitative: O schwerer Gang (Alto, Tenor)

Aria: Mein letztes Lager (Duet: Alto, Tenor)

Recitative: Der Tod Bleibt doch (Alto, Bass)

Chorale: Es ist genung

Johann Sebastian Bach: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70

Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Chorus)

Recitative: Erschrecket, ihr verstockten Sunden! (Bass)

Aria: Wenn kommt der Tag (Alto)

Recitative: Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen (Tenor)

Aria: Lasst der Spotter Zungen schmahen (Soprano)

Recitative: Jedoch bei dem unartigen Geschlechte (Tenor)

Chorale: Freu dich sehr, o meine seele

Aria: Hebt euer Haupt empor (Tenor)

Recitative with accompaniment: Ach, soll nicht dieser grosse Tag (Bass)

Aria: Seligster Erquickungstag (Bass)

Chorale: Nicht nach welt, nach Himmel nicht

Johann Sebastian Bach: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90

Aria: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende (Tenor)

Recitative: Des Hochsten Gute wird von Tag (Alto)

Aria: So loschet im Eifer der rächende Richter (Bass)

Recitative: Doch Gottes Auge sieht auf (Tenor)

Chorale: Leit uns mit deiner rechten Hand

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Masaaki Sukuki here brings us four more fine cantatas, of which Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (No 70) stands apart as one of Bach's most graphically dramatic and cohesive choral achievements. The first movement is justly celebrated, its tautness, forbidding fanfares and diminished chords representing the coming of Christ and the Last Judgement. The apocalyptic backdrop fascinated early interpreters of Bach in the 1950s and '60s, notably Felix Prohaska with his menacing pacing and sepia-like textures offset against a Viennese elegance.
Suzuki's direction is more pressing and urgent in style; his less theatrical, more meticulous approach allows the filigree in the instrumental writing to emerge in a way too rarely heard.
Koopman (Erato) has the edge in conveying a more harrowing perspective to the first movement, but the remainder of the cantata is beautifully crafted by Suzuki, demonstrating the artistic conviction and vocal bravura of Robin Blaze in 'Wenn kommt' (though his soaring tones are heard to even better effect in No 60). The pivotal aria in No 70 is the radiant 'Hebt euer Haupt empor', a succinct piece whose openheartedness requires something more than Gerd Türk and Suzuki can give.
The most compelling performances on this disc are in the busy counterpoint, such as the opening chorus of No 40, 'Dazu ist erschienen', the vibrant tenor aria 'Christenkinder', which shows off BCJ's exemplary wind section, and (to return to the horror of Judgement) the peerlessly executed bass aria of No 90, where Peter Kooij and the obbligato trumpet of Toshio Shimada find the perfect synergy. But it's in the stirring and decidedly prescient Sturm undDrang quality of No 60, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, that Suzuki's infectious grasp of pulse, biting accentuation and luminous textures take fullest flight: he entertains no half-measures in the opening chorus. All round, yet another prestigious addition to the series.”

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