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J.D. Zelenka: Lementations I & II; J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 46 and BWV 102 / Damien Guillon, countertenor; Marcus Ullman, tenor; Lieven Termont, baritone

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 46, "Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgend ein Schmerz sei" BWV 46
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentation
>     e no 1 pro die mercuri sancto
>     e no 2 pro die veneris sancto
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 102, "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 46, "Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgend ein Schmerz sei" BWV 46
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentation
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 102, "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The two Bach cantatas presented here were written three years apart (1723 and 1726) for the same Sunday of the liturgical year, the tenth Sunday after Trinity. The Gospel for the day reports Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, and announcing its destruction. Marcel Ponseele thought it was very interesting to juxtapose these cantatas against two lamentations composed by Zelenka in 1722. In a span of four years, geographically closely connected, we have three musical settings of the same subjects. One lamentation is for baritone solo and the other for alto voice, performed on this recording by the French countertenor Damien Guillon.

Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
All in all, the musical blend, the tempos, and the precise playing of the ensemble are noteworthy, and all three voices are perfectly in synch. Ponseele gives a finely nuanced performance of all four works. My biggest quibble is in the booklet. Apparently in my copy the editors didn't realize that the disc itself places both Lamentations side by side, not following each of the Bach cantatas, meaning that after track 7 everything is off by one, which can be annoying. Moreover, they seem to have left off the excellent trumpeter from the list of performers. And I am not convinced by the notes as to the connections between these works. Still, if you can ignore these problems, then you will be captivated by the excellence of the performance itself.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: AMUZ, Antwerp (11/24/2010-11/27/2010).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 46, "Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgend ein Schmerz sei" BWV 46
  • Performers: Bart Vandewege; Lieven Termont (Baritone); Marcus Ullmann (Tenor); Reinhoud Vanmechelen; Inge Zutterman; Annelies Brants
  • Conductor: Marcel Ponseele
  • Ensemble: Il Gardellino
  • Notes: AMUZ, Antwerp (11/24/2010-11/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 08/01/1723

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentation :: e no 1 pro die mercuri sancto
  • Conductor: Marcel Ponseele
  • Ensemble: Il Gardellino
  • Notes: AMUZ, Antwerp (11/24/2010-11/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 102, "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102
  • Performers: Bart Vandewege; Lieven Termont (Baritone); Marcus Ullmann (Tenor); Reinhoud Vanmechelen; Inge Zutterman; Annelies Brants
  • Conductor: Marcel Ponseele
  • Ensemble: Il Gardellino
  • Notes: AMUZ, Antwerp (11/24/2010-11/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/25/1726

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentation :: e no 2 pro die veneris sancto
  • Conductor: Marcel Ponseele
  • Ensemble: Il Gardellino
  • Notes: AMUZ, Antwerp (11/24/2010-11/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722