Bach - Cantatas Volume 26


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 26



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3rd Feb 2005




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 26

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV180 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele'

Cantata BWV122 'Das neugeborne Kindelein'

Cantata BWV96 'Herr Christ, der einige Gottessohn'

Yukari Nonoshita (soprano), Timothy Kenworthy-Brown (counter-tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Peter Kooij (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki



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Johann Sebastian Bach: Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180

Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele (Chorus)

Aria: Ermuntre dich; dein Heiland klopft (Tenor)

Recitative and Chorale: Wie teuer sind des heilgen Mahles Gaben! (Soprano)

Recitative: Mein Herz fuhlt in sich Furcht und Freude (Alto)

Aria: Lebens Sonne, Licht der Sinnen (Soprano)

Recitative: Herr, lass an mir dein treues Lieben (Bass)

Chorale: Jesu, wahres Brot des Lebens

Johann Sebastian Bach: Das neugeborne Kindelein, BWV 122

Das neugeborne Kindelein (Chorus)

Aria: O Menschen, die ihr taglich sundigt (Bass)

Recitative: Die Engel, welche sich zuvor (Soprano)

Aria and Chorale: Ist Gott versohnt und unser reund (Soprano, Tenor, Alto)

Recitative: Dies ist ein Tag (Bass)

Chorale: Es bringt das rechte Jubeljahr

Johann Sebastian Bach: Herr Christ, der einige Gottessohn, BWV 96

Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn (Chorus)

Recitative: O Wunderkraft der liebe (Alto)

Aria: Ach, ziehe die Seele mit Seilen der Liebe (Tenor)

Recitative: Ach, fuhre mich, o Gott, zum rechten Wege (Soprano)

Aria: Bald zur Rechten, bald zur Linken (Bass)

Chorale: Ertot uns durch dein Gute

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“cycle of cantatas, he left us with an extraordinary range of solutions for how the chorale can inspire fantasy and invention. Some pieces are magnificent, others darned good and a few (dare one say) a touch severe. Such an example of 'magnificent' is the highly wrought Schmückedich from October 1724, the ne plus ultra cantata for many, where the invitation to the feast provided Bach with radiant images of the hospitality of God's kingdom.
Masaaki Suzuki brings an especially balletic prospect to the opening chorus with strong, driving bass-lines and a dazzling sense of expectancy.
One has never felt so sure of Bach's delight in an exceptional melody. This is counterbalanced by a soft-grained and lucid reading of the tenor aria 'Ermuntre dich' by Makoto Sakurada and then, fleetingly, an accompanied recitative introducing yet another countertenor to the series in the attractive and polished warmth of Timothy Kenworthy-Brown.
More heartening than anything is to hear soprano Yukari Nonoshita developing into a Bach singer of real stature. Both in Schmücke dich and the startlingly original inner movements of Das neugeborne Kindelein she conveys the gentle, compassionate honesty of Agnes Giebel.
Cantata No 96 is a less integrated piece but boasts some dazzling sopranino recorder playing in the opening chorus which Suzuki imbues with indulgent delight in Bach's glorious orchestration. Peter Kooij's 'Bald zur Rechten' deftly imparts the timid and halting steps of the Christian's human vulnerability. Another success chalked up in this riveting series.”

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