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Jesu, deine Passion - Bach: Cantatas BWV 22, 23, 127 & 159 / Herreweghe, Mields, White, et al

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 22, "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe," BWV 22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 23, "Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn," BWV 23
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 127, "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott" BWV 127
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" BWV 159
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Notes & Reviews:

"One could hardly ask for more accomplished performances. All the vocal soloists bring to their parts a pure and refined tone with all the finesse and flexibility required by Bach's sometimes daunting vocal writing. The small choir (3-3-3-3 including the soloists) is as tight and clean in pitch and ensemble as any I have heard. The instrumental playing is consistently first rate. Herreweghe directs performances that are coherent and well paced. There are many fine recordings of Bach cantatas available today. Herreweghe's are among the best." -American Record Guide

"Four sublime cantatas intended for the Sunday before Lent begins in February, an important part of the Easter calendar. Herreweghe's definitive recordings of Bach cantatas and Passions are renowned for their finely-crafted sound and superb soloists, including Andreas Scholl. Bass soloist Peter Kooy has been lauded for his regular appearances in Bach Collegium Japan's acclaimed cantata series. 'The solo quartet.is excellent; and the choir and orchestra are alert and disciplined, so that.they are able to give a thrillingly precise performance' -Early Music"

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
'Jesu, deine Passion' represents one of Collegium Vocale Gent's most outstanding Bach projects for quite a while. Not least the power of the Quinquagesima (the start of the fasting before Easter) message - the preparation and prescience for all things 'Passion' - gathers Herreweghe into a contemplative world in which he feels most responsive.

The four works here are all masterpieces (sure, No 22 was probably composed in a hurry as a pre-Sermon accompaniment to No 23 as the dual audition pieces for Leipzig), rich in imagery and beguiling in the pure intricacy and invention of Bach's emotional world. Where does one begin? Du wahrer Gott is, at last, establishing itself as one of Bach's most profoundly crafted creations; Herreweghe asserts his luminous a cappella principles with an almost galant turn.

Elsewhere we hear Peter Kooy, mostly in good voice. Es ist vollbracht from No 159 is a restrained affair but effective nonetheless, especially with the exquisite oboe-playing of Marcel Ponseele. This aria would grace the St MatthewPassion with its Picander-esque sensibility (not least the setting of the words 'Welt, gute Nacht!', redolent of 'Mache dich').

This is, above all, a highly atmospheric programme, often overwhelming in content. HerrJesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott (No 127) is another corker: the opening chorus sublime in its incandescent contrapuntal mastery and then the main aria, 'Die Seele ruht', whose funeral bells (through recorders and pizzicato) are beautifully portrayed in Dorothee Mield's brittle but awestruck delivery.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 22, "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe," BWV 22
  • Performers: Jan Kobow (Tenor); Dorothee Mields (Soprano); Peter Kooij
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale (Ghent)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/07/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 23, "Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn," BWV 23
  • Performers: Jan Kobow (Tenor); Dorothee Mields (Soprano); Peter Kooij
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale (Ghent)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/07/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 127, "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott" BWV 127
  • Performers: Jan Kobow (Tenor); Dorothee Mields (Soprano); Peter Kooij
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale (Ghent)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/11/1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem" BWV 159
  • Performers: Jan Kobow (Tenor); Dorothee Mields (Soprano); Peter Kooij
  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Ensemble: Collegium Vocale (Ghent)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/27/1729