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J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 6 'Trauerode' - Cantatas BWV 198 & BWV 1083 / Joanne Lunn, Carolyn Sampson, Robin Blaze, Gerd Turk, Dominik Worner. Suzuki

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  1. J.S. Bach — Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198: Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl $0.99 on iTunes
  2. J.S. Bach — Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198: Dein Sachsen, dein bestürztes Meißen $0.99 on iTunes
  3. J.S. Bach — Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198: Verstummt! Verstummt, ihr holden Saiten $0.99 on iTunes
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  10. J.S. Bach — Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198: Doch, Königin! Du stirbest nicht! $0.99 on iTunes
  11. J.S. Bach — Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde (Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 53) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. J.S. Bach — Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083: Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden $0.99 on iTunes
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Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trauer-Ode
>Hoffmann, Melchior : Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, funeral cantata for voice, bells, strings & continuo (formerly BWV
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (Psalm 51), parody cantata (after Pergolesi), BWV 1083 (BC A193)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Although Bach's sacred cantatas span a huge expressive range and display a striking stylistic diversity, they were all composed for performance during a church service. In the case of the secular cantatas, on the other hand, their respective purpose is as varied as their subject matter and emotional content. They were usually commissions intended for occasions such as weddings, funerals and birthdays. As such they were sometimes performed in churches, and some of them have religious texts, but as the works gathered here exemplify, they were not related to the particular theme of the church service on a certain day. The cantata BWV 198, often called the Trauerode (funeral ode) was performed at an imposing ceremony in Leipzig's Paulinerkirche in 1727, held in order to mark the passing of Christiane Eberhardine, wife of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. The work adopts a suitably elevated style, but the text is resolutely secular, containing neither Bible quotations nor hymns. (A few years later, much of the music from the cantata did find its way into a thoroughly sacred context, however, as Bach reused it in his now lost St Mark Passion.) Compared to BWV 198, the circumstances surrounding Tilge, Hchster, meine Snden, BWV 1083, are far more uncertain: why Bach at a late stage in his life (around 1746) decided to make an arrangement of Pergolesi's famous Stabat mater isn't known. In the case of the Pergolesi arrangement, the text is religious - a German paraphrase of the penitential Psalm 51 replaces the medieval sequence about Mary mourning Christ at the cross - but the work doesn't seem to have had any liturgical purpose. Bach's arrangement of this sequence of duets and arias for soprano and alto offers an intriguing opportunity to hear the 'new music' of the 1730's, filtered through the sensibility of the great master of a style which was already becoming a thing of the past.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Bach Collegium Japan produce a delectable vision in quasi-Passion clothes... the choruses captivatingly detailed, luminous and with just enough galant accentuation... Suzuki delivers a captivating narrative of sadness leading seamlessly and reassuringly to idealism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan (02/2015); The Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan (09/2005).



Reviews

Incredible performance and recording of these three cantatas!
This recording consists of BWV 198, BWV 53, and BWV 1083 performed by the Bach Collegium Japan (chorus & orchestra) under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki, and this ensemble sounds *amazing* in every single movement, sprightly and energetic on their period instruments. I just adore the sound of the two Viola da gambas on this SACD recording.

The first work on the disc is the 10 movement Cantata BWV 198, featuring Joanne Lunn (sop), Robin Blaze (alto), Gerd Turk (tenor), and Dominik Worner (bass). Ms. Lunns rich soprano is just right for this work in every section of the piece. Movements 1-4 are concerned with the sorrow of the people regarding the death of Christiane Eberhardine, and in the 2nd movement Ms. Lunns soprano is showcased and it is just pure. Movements 5 thru 7 are concerned with viewing her as a role model in death as she was in life, and the choral work in the 7th movement is just stunning. Movements 8 thru 10 bring closure to the work as they deal with the posthumous reputation of the deceased, with the 9th movement allowing Mr. Worner to show what he can do and what he can do is most impressive.

Next is the single movement work BWV 53, which is likely a work of Georg Melchior Hoffmann but was attributed to Bach because of an error at the publishing firm of Breitkopf in the 1760s. Regardless, the work is delightful and feature Robin Blazes amazing alto it was worth the price of the disc for this piece alone. It is charming and captivating, and the use of the two bells gives it an extra special character. I love this piece and this particular interpretation of it. Glorious!

The last work on this disc is BWV 1083, featuring Carolyn Sampson (sop) and Robin Blaze (alto). The piece itself is an arrangement of an original work by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Pergolesis Stabat Mater. This is a duet cantata, and Carolyn Sampsons lovely soprano is paired with Robin Blazes loving alto, and the results are just wonderful. The 10th movement (track 21, Versus 10) is *amazing*. This listener had to listen to it twice it was so gorgeous. The 13th movement (track 24) is similarly attention getting, with Ms. Sampsons voice jumping out of the speakers. Love her voice.

The quality of this recording is simply spectacular, and the musicianship is of the highest order. I can tell that I need to acquire the other 54 volumes in this series (not a typo). The liner notes, while not extravagant, are extremely informative and particularly well written, providing insightful background on each work being performed. The libretto for each work also appears in both German and English in the back of the booklet. All in all, this is a top-notch recording, an amazing series of performances, and a thoroughly delightful recording that is of a quality that others should aspire to. Very highly recommended!

Submitted on 11/03/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trauer-Ode :: Cantata no 198, "Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl," BWV 198 (BC A120)
  • Performers: Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe); Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/17/1727

>Hoffmann, Melchior : Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, funeral cantata for voice, bells, strings & continuo (formerly BWV
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1716

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (Psalm 51), parody cantata (after Pergolesi), BWV 1083 (BC A193)
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Running Time: 36 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1745-1747