Bach - Cantatas Volume 50


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Bach - Cantatas Volume 50



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30th Jan 2012




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Bach - Cantatas Volume 50

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV149 'Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg'

Cantata BWV145 'Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen'

Cantata BWV174 'Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte'

Cantata BWV49 'Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen'



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On the 50th volume of Masaaki Suzuki’s traversal of J.S. Bach’s cantatas features works composed by Bach in collaboration with the Leipzig poet Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici).

Three of the works on the disc, along with six others, are all that remain of his cantatas written in 1729.

The cantatas here featured generally make sparing use of the choir, but centre on two arias, linked by one or two recitatives, and a final chorale. In addition, the surviving works contain several examples of parody and reuse of earlier instrumental movements as introductions: The opening Sinfonia of BWV 174, uses the first movement of his Third Brandenburg Concerto.

The volume features soprano Hana Blažíková, alongside three other familiar soloists of the series: Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Gerd Türk (tenor) and Peter Kooij (bass).

Recent releases from the series have received critical acclaim: in International Record Review, where Volume 48 was described as demonstrating ‘the ever-rising standard, by now quite stratospheric, of Suzuki and his choir and orchestra in this massive recording project.’

Johann Sebastian Bach: Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg, BWV 149

Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg in den (Chorus)

Aria: Kraft und Starke sei gesungen (Bass)

Recitative: Ich furchte mich vor tausend Feinden nicht (Alto)

Aria: Gottes Engel weichen nie (Soprano)

Recitative: Ich danke dir, Mein lieber Gott, dafur (Tenor)

Aria: Seid wachsam, ihr heiligen Wachter (Alto, Tenor)

Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergotzen, BWV 145

Aria: Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergotzen (Soprano, Tenor)

Recitative: Nun fordre, Moses, wie du willt (Tenor)

Aria: Merke, mein Herze, bestandig nur dies (Bass)

Recitative: Mein Jesus lebt (Soprano)

Chorale: Drum wir auch billig frohlich sein (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute, BWV 174


Aria: Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute (Alto)

Recitative: O! Liebe, welcher keine gleich (Tenor)

Aria: Greifet zu! (Bass)

Chorale: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr (Chorus)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49


Aria: Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen (Bass)

Recitative: Mein Mahl ist zubereit (Bass, Soprano)

Aria: Ich bin herrlich, ich bin schon (Soprano)

Recitative: Mein Glaube hat mich selbst so angezogen (Soprano, Bass)

Aria and Chorale: Dich hab ich je und je geliebet (Soprano, Bass)

BBC Music Magazine

April 2012


“the final duet-cum-chorale [of BWV49] is irresistable, with its alluring buoyancy heightened by Suzuki's natural, unforced direction...Robin Blaze is on particularly fine form...Suzuki never courts the visceral edge of John Eliot Gardiner, but he has a flawless integrity, the glorious SACD sound adding a halo of its own.”

International Record Review

March 2012

“Blazikova hardly needs any help from a microphone - the ringing purity of her tone audibly cuts through the choral texture and her solos glint with conentrated tone. She's perhaps too white and glassy for some, but I love it, and she always avoids that glacial dispassion to which some other ultra-focused sopranos succumb...As always, Suzuki fields a strong solo team....Robin Blaze brings his usual elegance and instinctive phrasing”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2012

“Hana Blazikova delivers a clarion brightness...very much in the elegant Collegium Bach Japan vein: luminosity and purity of sentiment prevailing above an overlaid or projected personality...rugged fervour and brilliance spring off the page here. Another memorable release.”

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