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Bach: Weimar Cantatas Vol 2 / Kirkby, Purcell Quartet

Audio Samples

>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

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: Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Charles Daniels (Voice); Andrew Watts (Bassoon); Katarina Bengton (Viola); David Blackadder (Trumpet); William Hunt (Violone); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Rachel Byrt (Viola)
  • 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: Catherine Latham (Recorder); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Andrew Watts (Bassoon); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Charles Daniels (Voice); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); William Hunt (Violone); Rachel Byrt (Viola); David Blackadder (Trumpet); Katarina Bengton (Viola)
  • 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: Rachel Beckett (Recorder); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Andrew Watts (Bassoon); William Hunt (Violone); David Blackadder (Trumpet); Katarina Bengton (Viola); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Rachel Byrt (Viola); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Charles Daniels (Voice)
  • 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: David Blackadder (Trumpet); Katarina Bengton (Viola); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Anthony Robson (Oboe); Rachel Beckett (Recorder); William Hunt (Violone); Charles Daniels (Voice); Peter Harvey (Bass Baritone); Catherine Latham (Recorder); Andrew Watts (Bassoon); Michael Chance (Countertenor); Rachel Byrt (Viola)
  • 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