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J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Pentecost, BWV 34, 173, 184, 129 / Petite Bande, Kuijken

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 34, "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe," BWV 34
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 173, "Erhohtes Fleisch und Blut," BWV 173 (BC A85)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 184, "Erwünschtes Freudenlicht" BWV 184
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 129, "Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott" BWV 129
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

There has long been a group of scholars that have proposed that Bach’s sacred vocal works were originally written for solo voices and not a choir. Accent's critically-acclaimed cantata series provides a strong justification for this theory. Each disc features one cantata for each Sunday and the great feasts of the ecclesiastical year. Here, Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande are joined by a quartet of superb soloists for volume sixteen, which offers four cantatas - one for the three days of Pentecost and one for the Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Kuijken's recordings are altogether different. Leipzig's Georg Christoph Billier employs local soloists, the very large St Thomas Choir (including boys), and modern-instrument orchestra; and the grand scale is matched with a genuine musicality and spiritual feeling. Gardiner uses star soloists, a moderate-sized mixed-voice choir, and period instrumentalists, in performances of the greatest stylistic sensitivity. Kuijken is the most "progressive" about trends in Bach performance. They are all able singers. Samann impressed me most. The 16 period players include the violoncello da spalla that Kuijken so loves. They are stylistically reliable and give a plausible approximation of what Bach would have expected and heard.

Early Music Review, August 2013
The first of the three consecutive arias has beautiful, lyrical playing... The singer are especially gracious in this cantata, with opportunities for each to display sensitive and lyrical singing... those who have fallen for chamber quality of these performances will find this one well up to scratch.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
The music-making is graceful and stylishly alive to the spirit of the movements. All four singers (veterans of the series) consolidate Kuijken's supple immediacy in the solo arias and duets, but as a 'choir', the balance is sometimes skewed.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013
As before in this series, the distilled nobility of the musicianship is heard to greatest effect in the beautifully turned instrumental contributions; the refined textures of joined strings and winds is often breathtakingly sympathetic.

International Record Review, November 2013
The soprano Gerlinded Samann makes a delightful contribution to her sparkling successive duets with the bass Jan Van der Crabben... she also delivers a refined account of her gentle yet quite florid single aria... Van der Crabben, whose attractive and supple voice was already impressive from the start seems only to get better with each volume. His aria is a high point of the disc from his control and keenly intelligent phrasing.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 34, "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe," BWV 34
  • Performers: Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano); Jan Crabben (Voice); Christoph Genz (Tenor); Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano); Jan Crabben (Voice); Christoph Genz (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Ensemble: La Petite Bande
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746-1747

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 173, "Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut," BWV 173 (BC A85)
  • Performers: Christoph Genz (Tenor); Christoph Genz (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/29/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 184, "Erwünschtes Freudenlicht" BWV 184
  • Performers: Christoph Genz (Tenor); Christoph Genz (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Running Time: 20 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/30/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 129, "Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott" BWV 129
  • Performers: Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano); Christoph Genz (Tenor); Jan Crabben (Voice); Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano); Christoph Genz (Tenor); Jan Crabben (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Running Time: 19 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 06/16/1726