Bach - Cantatas Volume 2


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 2


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Choral Recommendation - November 2001



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1st Feb 1996




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 2

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV71 'Gott ist mein König'

Cantata BWV131 'Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir'

Cantata BWV106 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit' (Actus tragicus)

Midori Suzuki (soprano), Aki Yanagisawa (soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (counter-tenor), Gerd Türk (tenor/bass), Peter Kooij (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki



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Johann Sebastian Bach: Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71

Gott ist mein konig (Chorus)

Chorale Aria: Ich bin nun achzig Jahr (Tenor, Soprano)

Dein Alter sei wie deine Jugend (Chorus)

Arioso: Tag und Nacht ist dein (Bass)

Aria: Durch machtige Kraft (Alto)

Du wollest dem Feinde nicht geben (Chorus)

Das neue Regiment (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131

Sinfonia: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich

Aria: So du willst (Bass, Soprano)

Ich harre des Herrn (Chorus)

Aria: Meine Seele wartet auf den Derrn (Tenor, Alto)

Israel, hoffe auf den Herrn (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus"


Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Chorus)

Arioso: Ach, Herr, lehre uns bedenken (Tenor)

Arioso: Bestelle dein Haus (Bass)

Es ist der alte Bund (Chorus)

Aria: In deine Hande befehle ich meinen Geist (Alto)

Chorale: Heute wirst du mit mir (Alto, Bass)

Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit (Chorus)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Here these artists are abreast of current thinking concerning Baroque style, yet sometimes you find yourself longing for a little more expression and a little less fashionable orthodoxy. The three cantatas included here are among Bach's earliest essays in the form. Nos 106 and 131 (c1707) belong to the Mühlhausen period, while No 71 was written in 1708. By and large, Suzuki has chosen effective tempos, though there are notable exceptions. One of these affects the beautiful Sonatina for recorders and viola da gamba that introduces the Actus tragicus (No 106), a funeral piece of startling intensity.
Suzuki feels too slow here, adding a full 40 seconds on to performances by virtually all his rivals. Elsewhere, and above all in his choice of soloists, Suzuki fields an exceptional team. We can feel this especially in the effortlessly projected singing of Midori Suzuki (Nos 71 and 131) and Aki Yanagisawa (No 106), the uncluttered declamation of Gerd Türk, and the resonant contributions by Peter Kooij. The countertenor here lacks either conviction or consistent aural charm. The choir is well drilled and, as with the solo element, the voices respond urgently to the spirit of the text. Listen to the thrice supplicatory 'Israel' in the concluding chorus of No 131 for one such example.”

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