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Bach: Weimar Cantatas Vol 2 / Kirkby, Purcell Quartet

> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Sinfonia
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Chorus)
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Recitative: Wir mussen durch viel Trubsal (Alto)
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Aria: Kreuz und Krone sind verbunden (Alto)
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Aria: Ich folge Christo nach (Bass)
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Aria: Sei getreu, alle Pein (Tenor)
> Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 - Chorale: Was Gott tut
> Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fallt, BWV 18 - Sinfonia
> Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fallt, BWV 18 - Recitativo: Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee von Himmel fallt (Bass)
> Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fallt, BWV 18 - Recitativo: Mein Gott, hier wird mein Herze sein (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
> Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fallt, BWV 18 - Aria: Mein Seelenschatz ist Gottes Wort (Soprano)
> Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fallt, BWV 18 - Choral: Ich bitt, o Herr, aus Herzens Grund
> Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 - Overture - Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Chorus)
> Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 - Recitative: Der Heiland ist gekommen (Tenor)
> Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 - Aria: Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche (Tenor)
> Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 - Recitative: Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tur (Bass)
> Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 - Aria: Offne dich, mein ganzes Herze (Soprano)
> Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 - Amen! Komm, du schone Freudenkrone (Chorus)
> Komm, du susse Todesstunde, BWV 161 - Aria: Komm, du susse Todesstunde (Alto)
> Komm, du susse Todesstunde, BWV 161 - Recitative: Welt, deine Lust ist Last (Tenor)
> Komm, du susse Todesstunde, BWV 161 - Aria: Mein Verlangen (Tenor)
> Komm, du susse Todesstunde, BWV 161 - Recitative: Der Schluss ist schon gemacht (Alto)
> Komm, du susse Todesstunde, BWV 161 - Wenn es meines Gottes Wille (Chorus)
> Komm, du susse Todesstunde, BWV 161 - Chorale: Der Leib zwar in der Erden

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
Performers Ensemble Composer

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