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Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 55 - Freue dich, erlöste Schar - Cantatas BWV 30, 69, 191 / Bach Collegium Japan, Suzuki

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 69, "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele," BWV 69
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar" BWV 30
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 191, "Gloria in excelsis Deo" BWV 191
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On Friday February 22, 2013, Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan put the final touches to what will be the 55th and last volume in their monumental series of Bach's sacred cantatas. The disc includes the last extant work by Bach in the genre: Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69. The series of cantatas was initiated in 1995, as a collaboration between the Japanese musicians and the Swedish label BIS Records, and has in the intervening years become one of the most highly respected recording projects around. The collaboration between BCJ and BIS has also included numerous other recordings, by Bach and other composers, and will continue with further Bach projects, such as secular cantatas, masses and concertos, but also with an eye to later repertoire.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
There's a striking transparency in even the densest of counterpoint...Over 18 years Suzuki seems to have subtly changed his relationship with Bach, from a reverential approach to confident familiarity. The final Cantata of this complete series is uncannily apt: 'Gloria in Excelsis' indeed!

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
This final volume highlights the maturing sense..of Bach Collegium Japan's growing stature and confidence to break free of generic convention towards even greater interpretative character...The best is as good as anyone anywhere.

MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013
All the qualities that have made this one of the most important series of the past two decades are here, as they have been in the previous 54 volumes...[Gloria in excelsis Deo's] positioning as the final work on the final disc is apposite: the concluding chorus is a splendidly grand one to celebrate the culmination of this endeavour.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan (02/2013).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 69, "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele," BWV 69
  • Performers: Ryo Terakado (Violin); Gerd Türk (Tenor); Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe d'amore); Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Peter Kooij; Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 18 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1742-1748

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar" BWV 30
  • Performers: Peter Kooij; Robin Blaze (Countertenor); Gerd Türk (Tenor); Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe d'amore); Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Ryo Terakado (Violin)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Running Time: 32 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 06/24/1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 191, "Gloria in excelsis Deo" BWV 191
  • Performers: Gerd Türk (Tenor); Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Peter Kooij; Ryo Terakado (Violin); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Running Time: 14 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741-1745