Bach - Cantatas Volume 6


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 6



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1st Feb 1998




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 6

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV31 'Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret'

Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis'

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31


Der Himmel lacht! (Chorus)

Recitative: Erwunschter Tag! sei, Seele (Bass)

Aria: Furst des Lebens, starker Streiter (Bass)

Recitative: So stehe dann, du gottergebne Seele (Tenor)

Aria: Adam muss in uns verwesen (Tenor)

Recitative: Weil dann das Haupt seiner Glied (Soprano)

Aria: Letzte Stunde, brich herein (Soprano)

So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich hatte viel Bekummernis, BWV 21


Ich hatte viel Bekummernis (Chorus)

Aria: Seufzer, Tranen (Soprano)

Recitative: Wie hast du dich (Soprano)

Aria: Bache von gesalznen Zahren (Tenor)

Was betrubst du dich, meine Seele (Chorus)

Recitative: Ach Jesu (Soprano, Bass)

Aria Duet: Komm, mein Jesu (Soprano, Bass)

Sei nun wieder zufrieden (Chorus)

Aria: Erfreue dich, Seele (Soprano)

Das Lamm, das erwurget ist (Chorus)

Aria: Seufzer, Tranen, Kummer, Not (Tenor)

Recitative: Ach Jesu, meine Ruh (Tenor, Bass)

Aria: Komm, mein Jesu (Duet: Tenor, Bass)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Both of these are Weimar compositions, dating from c1713 and 1715 respectively, and both were later sung at Leipzig. Where No 21 is concerned, the performance history is complex since Bach, who clearly and understandably set great store by this extended and profoundly expressive piece, made no fewer than four versions of it. Following what was probably its second Weimar performance, in 1714, Bach produced a new version which he used as a testpiece in Hamburg's Jacobikirche, when applying for an organist's post there in 1720. It's this version, for soprano and bass soloists only, in which the parts are transposed from C minor to D minor that forms the basis of the present recording. Suzuki offers listeners an opportunity, by way of an appendix, of hearing Bach's alternative thoughts on certain sections of the cantata. These are meticulously prepared and affectingly declaimed performances. Listen, for instance, to the beautifully articulated and delicately placed bassoon quavers in the poignant opening Sinfonia of No 21. This is most sensitively done and an auspicious beginning to the work. String playing isn't always quite as clean as it could be but the instrumental expertise is impressive. The solo line-up is strong, with Monika Frimmer sustaining several demanding soprano arias with eloquence and tonal warmth.
Gerd Türk and Peter Kooij are secure and expressive, and the singing of the 18-voice choir of women's and men's voices is impressive, though tenors sound strained in the first chorus of No 21.”

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