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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Kantaten

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  1. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Chorus: Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis $0.99 on iTunes
  2. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Recitative: Es ist nun hohe Zeit (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Chorale: Steh auf vom Sundenschlaf (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Recitative: Drum, Vater (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Aria: Hore, Vater, mit Erbarmen (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Accompanied Recitative: Ich weiss, die Nacht ist schon dahin (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Aria: Ich ziehe Jesum an im Glauben (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Chorale: Den Geist, der heilig ist $0.99 on iTunes
  9. W.F. Bach — Lasset uns ablegen, Fk. 80: Chorus: Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis $0.99 on iTunes
  10. W.F. Bach — Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, Fk. 89: Chorus: Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wuste $0.99 on iTunes
  11. W.F. Bach — Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, Fk. 89: Recitative: Gott hat uns Gnad und Heil in Christo angetragen (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. W.F. Bach — Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, Fk. 89: Aria: Der Trost gehoret nur vor Kinder (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. W.F. Bach — Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, Fk. 89: Accompanied Recitative: Dein Heiland lasst die Bahn (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. W.F. Bach — Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, Fk. 89: Aria: Holdseligster Engel (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. W.F. Bach — Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, Fk. 89: Chorale: Wir Menschen sind zu dem, o Gott $0.99 on iTunes
  16. W.F. Bach — Sinfonia in D major, Fk. 64: I. Allegro e maestoso $0.99 on iTunes
  17. W.F. Bach — Sinfonia in D major, Fk. 64: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  18. W.F. Bach — Sinfonia in D major, Fk. 64: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  19. W.F. Bach — Dies ist der Tag, Fk. 85: Recitative: Dies ist der Tag (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. W.F. Bach — Dies ist der Tag, Fk. 85: Aria: Susser Hauch von Gottes Throne (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. W.F. Bach — Dies ist der Tag, Fk. 85: Recitative: Ich folge dir (Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. W.F. Bach — Dies ist der Tag, Fk. 85: Aria: Entzunde mich, du Kraft der grossten Liebe! (Bass) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. W.F. Bach — Dies ist der Tag, Fk. 85: Choral: Heilger Geist in Himmels Throne $0.99 on iTunes
  24. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Choir: Erzittert und fallet $0.99 on iTunes
  25. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Aria: Was fur reizend, sanfte Blicke (Tenor) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Recitative: Das Grab ist leer (Tenor, Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Duett: Komm, mein Hirte, lass dich kussen (Soprano, Baritone) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Recitative: Mein Heiland kommt (Soprano, Alto) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Aria: Rauscht, ihr Fluten, donnernd Blitzen (Soprano) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. W.F. Bach — Erzittert und fallet, Fk. 83: Choral: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Lasset uns ablegen, cantata for 4 voices & instruments, F. 80 (BR F1)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, cantata for 4 voices & instruments, F. 89 (BR F17)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Dies ist der Tag, cantata, F. 85 (BR F14)
>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Erzittert und fallet, cantata for 4 voices & instruments, F. 83 (BR F9)
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Notes & Reviews:

Friedemann Bach (J.S. Bach's eldest son), was organist and musical director in Halle from 1746-64. Bach agreed to perform a cantata every 3 weeks and additionally on all festival Sundays. It was not expected that a composition from his own pen should be performed every time, but he had the ambition to appear on festival Sunday with his own carefully prepared works. The technical difficulties that his cantatas demanded of singers and instrumentalists lie far beyond the average.

Gramophone
Most impressive are Wilhelm Friedemann's cantatas, which include some of the most affecting arias I've ever listened to

Allmusic.com
... the virtuosity level for the singers is ramped up, with pleasing effect in the fancy soprano-baritone duet "Komm, mein Hirte" (Come, my shepherd). Sample also the aria "Rauscht, ihr Fluten, donnernd Blitzen" (Roar, ye floods, and thundering lightning), one of a number of pieces nicely suited to the billowy soprano of the veteran German singer Barbara Schlick. Recorded in 1991 in the Immanuelskirche in the city of Wuppertal, the sound is a bit distant, but text intelligibility is good and the mood is right.

American Record Guide
The Capriccio set is actually a reissue of two single discs from 1993 (10425+6). The four cantatas they contain are substantial works, textually pegged to given dates in the Lutheran liturgical calendar. All call for four soloists, choir, and quite ample orchestra, rich in wind sounds. There are many fine movements. I was particularly moved by a soprano aria, 'Vater, mit Erbarmen', in the Advent cantata, superbly sung by Schlick - perhaps the star among the excellent team of soloists assembled by the admirable Hermann Max. His leadership is consistently knowing and persuasive, and the recording is clear and well balanced.

Fanfare
Briefly, if you love the music of the father, grab these cantatas by the son, for in terms of compositional style the apple here did not fall far from the tree. In addition to the high quality of the music, on a par with any other masterpieces of the late Baroque, these are superb performances, rendered with the vigor, spirit, and polish for which Hermann Max and his forces are justly famed. The choir sings with crystalline clarity of tone and diction and exemplary balance, while the orchestra crackles with verve and precision. Finally, there are the exemplary soloists: a soprano who is a byword for excellence in Baroque repertoire, a rich but not matronly alto, a Baroque tenor with more body and depth to his voice than most, and a bass who is a tad less distinguished than his colleagues in plushness of vocal timbre but still first-rate. The recorded sound is crisp and clear, balanced with the soloists more to the foreground, the orchestra to the back, and the chorus in between. The booklet provides notes and texts in German and English. Urgently recommended, and a bargain to boot.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/15/1991-04/22/1991).



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>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Lasset uns ablegen, cantata for 4 voices & instruments, F. 80 (BR F1)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/15/1991-04/22/1991)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1749

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers, cantata for 4 voices & instruments, F. 89 (BR F17)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/15/1991-04/22/1991)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: ?1753

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Dies ist der Tag, cantata, F. 85 (BR F14)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/15/1991-04/22/1991)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1755

>Bach, Wilhelm F. : Erzittert und fallet, cantata for 4 voices & instruments, F. 83 (BR F9)
  • Conductor: Hermann Max
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen (04/15/1991-04/22/1991)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1750-1755