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Recreation for the Soul: Bach Cantatas BWV 150, BWV 78, BWV 147 / Elin Manahan Thomas, Daniel Taylor, James Gilchrist. Peter Harvey

Audio Samples

  1. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Coro, "Jesu, der du meine Seele" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria, Duetto, "Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Recitativo, "Ach! Ich bin ein Kind der Sünden" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria, "Das Blut, so meine Schuld durchstreicht" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Recitativo, "Die Wunden, Nägel, Kron und Grab" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria, "Nun du wirst mein Gewissen stillen" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Recreation for the Soul — Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Choral, "Herr, ich glaube, hilf mir Schwachen" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: "Sinfonia" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Coro, "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich" $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Aria, "Doch bin und bleibe ich vergnügt" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Tutti, "Leite mich in deiner Wahrheit und lehre mich" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Aria, "Cedern müssen von den Winden" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Coro, "Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Recreation for the Soul — Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150: Ciaccona, "Meine Tage in den Leiden" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorus, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Recitativo accompagnato, "Gebenedeiter Mund!" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Schäme dich, o Seele, nicht" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Recitativo, "Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn" $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Choral, "Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Hilf, Jesu, hilf, daß ich auch dich bekenne" $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Recitativo, "Der höchsten Allmacht Wunderhand" $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Aria, "Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen" $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Recreation for the Soul — Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Choral, "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" $0.99 on iTunes
Conductor Ensemble

Notes & Reviews:

Bach's ambition to compose liturgical music for the entire church calendar produced a wealth of sacred cantatas. Around two hundred have survived, and are an eloquent expression of his opinion that, "true music should be for the honor of God and the recreation of the soul". This collection features three of Bach's best-loved cantatas performed by the Magdalena Consort led by Peter Harvey. Vocal lines are sung one-to-a-part, in the style originally championed by Joshua Rifkin, which lends these performances an air of chamber music. Harvey, who also sings the bass part, is joined by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, alto Daniel Taylor and tenor James Gilchrist.

The Observer, 21st September 2014
Buoyant and agile in performance, small in scale and steeped in the best traditions of period playing - putting musicality over scholarship - the Magdalena Consort was founded in 2008 by bass/director Peter Harvey...The Magdalenas are the next generation, heading out alone. if you don't know them, try this brilliant disc.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
As Peter Harvey explains in his program notes, the thread that prompted the selection of the three cantatas for this recording was the presence of extramusical symbolism in the form of numbers or verbal acrostics. The singing is one voice to a part. In the Leipzig cantatas the strings are 4-3-2-1-1 (violone) plus obbligato winds and continuo. The most economically scored work is 150, with two solo violins, obbligato bassoon, and continuo. The ideal of chamber music generally prevails. The performances are above reproach technically, with a first-rate early music vocal quartet and excellent period instrument playing. Tempos are reasonably brisk. Harvey's interpretations are thoughtful and mature, and I expect they will stand up well to repeated hearings.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
The four voices are fairly matched with each other, less so with their instrumental colleagues, and Harvey leads unfailingly elegant interpretations. At each turn, however, they yield to the textual and expressive detail of The Bach Players.



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