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JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170


Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Baroque Vocal

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - January 2017



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30th Dec 2016




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JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV170 'Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust'

Cantata BWV54 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Sinfonia: Cantata BWV174

Cantata BWV52 'Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht': Sinfonia



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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 - 1. Vergnügte Ruh', Beliebte Seelenlust

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

The Observer

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.”

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“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.”

The Times

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.”

BBC Music Magazine

January 2017


“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”

Sunday Times

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.”

Financial Times

“Iestyn Davies is intently communicative with the words in the much-loved ‘Vergnügte Ruh’ and ‘Ich habe genug’”

MusicWeb International

12th January 2017

“A simply outstanding Bach disc.”

Early Music Today

May 2017


“Davies sails serenely on through all vocal obstacles”

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