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Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.
Bach: Vergnügte Ruh', BWV 170 - 2. Die Welt, Das Sündenhaus
Bach: Vergnügte Ruh', BWV 170 - 3. Wie Jammern Mich Doch
Bach: Vergnügte Ruh', BWV 170 - 4. Wer Sollte Sich Demnach
Bach: Vergnügte Ruh', BWV 170 - 5. Mir Ekelt Mehr Zu Leben
Bach: Falsche Welt, Dir Trau Ich Nicht!, BWV 52 - 1. Sinfonia
Bach: Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde, BWV 54 - 1. Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde
Bach: Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde, BWV 54 - 2. Die Art Verruchter Sünden
Bach: Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde, BWV 54 - 3. Wer Sünde Tut
Bach: Ich Liebe Den Höchsten, BWV 174 - 1. Sinfonia
Bach: Ich Habe Genug, BWV 82 - 1. Ich Habe Genug
Bach: Ich Habe Genug, BWV 82 - 2. Ich Habe Genug
Bach: Ich Habe Genug, BWV 82 - 3. Schlummert Ein
Bach: Ich Habe Genug, BWV 82 - 4. Mein Gott!
Bach: Ich Habe Genug, BWV 82 - 5. Ich Freue Mich
8th January 2017
“Davies’s singular gifts of open-hearted expression, reined in to perfection and with no excess or indulgence, are expertly balanced by Arcangelo’s prominent solo musicians. Early in the year, a favourite disc already.”
“The dominant virtue in this fine collaboration between the outstanding Davies and Arcangelo lies in an unsentimental perspicacity, reassuring in its intelligence and deep sensitivity.”
13th January 2017
“The main pleasure in this album is the partnership between the eloquent soloist and the tangy playing of Arcangelo, wonderfully led by Jonathan Cohen, who doubles as a fizzing organist...Davies’s cool concentration heats up for a compelling Ich habe genug, finely weighted between religious ecstasy and resignation.”
“Iestyn Davies [gives a] poised, sober performance…Arcangelo’s strings have a beautifully firm sound, with plenty of bow and intelligent details from the lute, while oboist Katharina Spreckelsen plays elegantly”
15th January 2017
“If his German is not entirely idiomatic, his words are invariably clear and he relishes the interplay with the Arcangelo ensemble’s soloists...Best of all is the rapt singing of Schlummert ein (Go to sleep), in the well-known BWV82…Overall, a lovely disc.”
“Iestyn Davies is intently communicative with the words in the much-loved ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ and ‘Ich habe genug’”
12th January 2017
“A simply outstanding Bach disc.”
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