Bach - Cantatas Volume 45


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 45



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30th Nov 2009




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 45

Bach, J S:

Concerto in D major, BWV1045: Sinfonie

Cantata BWV129 'Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott'

Cantata BWV187 'Es wartet alles auf dich'

Cantata BWV39 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot'



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During the period from which these three cantatas come, Bach no longer presented a new cantata of his own every Sunday. Instead he made extensive use of compositions by others, including his own second cousin Johann Ludwig Bach, court composer at Meiningen. In several instances, Bach also reused texts set by Johann Ludwig for his own compositions, including two of the cantatas here, Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot and Es wartet alles auf dich. Both of these follow a pattern which falls into two parts, with the opening text of each section being taken from the Old and the New Testament respectively. The third cantata, Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, is also unusual in its structure, in that it utilizes five strophes of a single hymn, word for word. The hymn strophes are respectively used for an opening chorus, three arias and a closing chorale, with the first and fifth movement - resplendently scored with trumpets and timpani - utilizing the same hymn melody, although in very different ways. The three arias (for bass, soprano and alto) are more intimate in size, but also highly varied, addressing in turn Christ, the Holy Spirit and the full Trinity. The disc closes with a movement for solo violin and orchestra, thought to be an opening sinfonia for an unknown cantata. It is possibly a late arrangement of an early work, as the highly virtuosic solo part seems to suggest influences from the Italian violin concertos that were making such an impact in Germany during the first decades of the 18th century. With this disc the cantata series of Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki reaches its 45th instalment, to ever-growing acclaim, as exemplified by a recent review regarding Volume 42: 'a recording which shows Suzuki maturing along with Bach... another fine instalment in this most consistent of series' (International Record Review).

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39

Part I: Brich dem hungrigen dein Brot (Chorus)

Part I: Recitative: Der reiche Gott wirft seinen Uberfluss auf uns (Bass)

Part I: Aria: Seinem Schopfer noch auf Erden (Alto)

Part II: Aria: Wohlzutun und mitzuteilen vergesset nicht (Bass)

Part II: Aria: Hochster, was ich habe (Soprano)

Part II: Recitative: Wie soll ich dir, o Herr, denn sattsamlich vergelten (Alto)

Part II: Chorale: Selig sind, die aus Erbarmen (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Es wartet alles auf dich, BWV 187

Es wartet alles auf dich (Chorus)

Recitative: Was Kreaturen halt (Bass)

Aria: Du Herr, du kronst allein (Alto)

Aria: Darum sollt ihr nicht sorgen (Bass)

Aria: Gott versorget alles Leben (Soprano)

Recitative: Halt ich nur fest an ihm (Soprano)

Chorale: Gott hat die Erde zugericht' (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129

Gelobet sei der Herr (Chorus)

Aria: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, mein Heil (Bass)

Aria: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, mein Trost (Soprano)

Aria: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, der ewig lebet (Alto)

Chorale: Dem wir das Heilig itzt (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045

Sinfonia in D major, BWV 1045

Gramophone Magazine

January 2010

“Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot (BWV39) is a masterpiece of this changing landscape. Beauty however abounds in this genial reading - as it does in the only marginally less ambitious chorus of BWV187. In this latter score, no one could convey the gallant sweetness of the alto aria, "Du Herr, du krönst allein", with more "unction and blessing" (to quote the translation here) than Robin Blaze.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2010


“…virtually flawless performances of three of Bach's most inspired cantatas. The opening choral 'Concerto' of BWV 187 splendidly done, voices matching instrumental clarity. Robin Blaze is in excellent form in a testing triple-time dance; Yukari Nonoshita, solo oboe and continuo weave a fanciful filigree of motifs in a deceptively testing aria. ...a superlative disc.”

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