Bach: Weimar Cantatas Vol 2 / Kirkby, Purcell Quartet

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12 (BC A68)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 18, "Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt" BWV 18
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" BWV 61
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 161, "Komm, du süsse Todesstunde" BWV 161
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Notes & Reviews:

"The performances themselves, while fully sympathetic to the text, the music and the mood, are essentially light, clear, even ultimately life-affirming. Part of this is due to the stylish singing by the four soloists who also double as the one-voice-to-a-part chorus... But most of this is due to the music, which, despite its weeping, sighing, and longing for death, cannot help but affirm the primacy of hope and joy in its final choruses. As in the previous volume in this series, Chandos' sound is close, clean, warm, and deep." -All Music

BBC Music Magazine
The Purcell Quartet - two violins, cello and continuo, augmented by two violas, recorders, oboe, bassoon, and trumpet - reflect the meagre forces available to Bach. The four solo singers combine in a one-to-a-part chorus... With no designated 'conductor', this is chamber music, warmed by the acoustic environment of a London church. The resulting clarity is delightful, more subtle that the similarly scaled Ricercar Consort (Mirare).

Gramophone Magazine
This is a well chosen programme, the sound recording is beautiful, and it is an effective advocacy of the one-per-part method.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12 (BC A68)
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Katarina Bengton (Viola); David Blackadder (Trumpet); Rachel Byrt (Viola); William Hunt (Violone); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Charles Daniels (Voice); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Andrew Watts (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (10/16/2005-10/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/22/1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 18, "Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt" BWV 18
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Katarina Bengton (Viola); David Blackadder (Trumpet); Rachel Byrt (Viola); William Hunt (Violone); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Charles Daniels (Voice); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Andrew Watts (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (10/16/2005-10/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1713-1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 61, "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" BWV 61
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Katarina Bengton (Viola); David Blackadder (Trumpet); Rachel Byrt (Viola); William Hunt (Violone); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Charles Daniels (Voice); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Andrew Watts (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (10/16/2005-10/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 12/02/1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 161, "Komm, du süsse Todesstunde" BWV 161
  • Performers: Michael Chance (Countertenor); Katarina Bengton (Viola); David Blackadder (Trumpet); Rachel Byrt (Viola); William Hunt (Violone); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Charles Daniels (Voice); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Andrew Watts (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Purcell Quartet
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (10/16/2005-10/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/06/1715