Bach - Cantatas Volume 40


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 40



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1st Sept 2008




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 40

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV137 'Lobe den Herrn, den mächtigen König der Ehren'

Cantata BWV168 'Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort'

Cantata BWV79 'Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild'

Cantata BWV164 'Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet'

Yukari Nonoshita (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor) & Peter Kooij (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki



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Although Bach did not compose many cantatas during the year 1725, the four cantatas that he did compose are far from being routine affairs. Lobe den Herren (Praise to the Lord), BWV 137, is a case in point: in it Bach includes the original text of the famous hymn, and also uses the familiar melody in all five movements to a greater or lesser degree. To impose such limitations must have been a challenge to himself as a composer, and the imagination and technical skill with which he fulfilled his task are striking.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Lobe den Herren, den machtigen Konig der Ehren, BWV 137

Lobe den Herren, den machtigen Konig der Ehren (Chorus)

Aria: Lobe den Herren, der alles so herrlich regieret (Alto)

Aria: Lobe den Herren, der kunstlich und fein dich bereitet (Bass, Soprano)

Aria: Lobe den Herren, der deinen Stand sichtbar gesegnet (Tenor)

Chorale: Lobe den Herren, was in mir ist, lobe den Namen! (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168

Aria: Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort (Bass)

Recitative: Es ist nur fremdes Gut (Tenor)

Aria: Kapital und Interessen (Tenor)

Recitative: Jedoch, erschrocknes Herz (Bass)

Aria: Herz, zerreiss des Mammons Kette (Soprano, Alto)

Chorale: Stark mich mit deinem Freudengeist (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79

Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild (Chorus)

Aria: Gott ist unsre Sonn und Schild! (Alto)

Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott (Chorus)

Recitative: Gottlob, wir wissen den rechten Weg zur Seligkeit (Bass)

Aria: Gott, ach Gott, verlass die Deinen (Soprano, Bass)

Chorale: Erhalt uns in der Wahrheit (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet, BWV 164

Aria: Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet (Tenor)

Recitative: Wir horen zwar, was selbst die Liebe spricht (Bass)

Aria: Nur durch Lieb und durch Erbarmen (Alto)

Recitative: Ach, schmelze doch durch deinen Liebesstrahl (Tenor)

Aria: Handen, die sich nicht verschliessen (Soprano, Bass)

Chorale: Ertot uns, durch dein Gute (Chorus)

Gramophone Magazine

December 2008

“Where Collegium Musicum Japan scores is in the reflective gestures of pieces like Ihr, die jhr euch Christo nennet, with its conceits on the burden of guilt for each individual who passes the distressed traveller.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2008


“…Suzuki's instrumentalists are fast becoming the stars of the series, their obligato playing often in danger of eclipsing the singers whose arias they gild so tellingly. …Robin Blaze exudes radiance in the alto aria of BWV 137 while Peter Kooij is magisterial against the lively instrumental bluster at the beginning of BWV 168.”

International Record Review

“With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat”

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