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Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 18

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 191, "Gloria in excelsis Deo" BWV 191
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 65, "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen" BWV 65
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 123, "Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen" BWV 123
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 154, "Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren" BWV 154
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 124, "Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht," BWV 124
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 32 "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen" BWV 32

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 191, "Gloria in excelsis Deo" BWV 191
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 65, "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen" BWV 65
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 123, "Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen" BWV 123
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 154, "Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren" BWV 154
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 124, "Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht," BWV 124
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 32 "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen" BWV 32
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Notes & Reviews:

This release is the much awaited last volume of the Bach Cantatas Pilgrimage, one of the most talked about musical events of the last decade. This is an anthology of the Christmas period, combining cantatas for Christmas Day and the Epiphany. It features ten acclaimed soloists, including Magdalena Kozená, Bernarda Fink, Michael Chance, James Gilchrist and Christopher Genz. The album opens with Christen, ätzet diesen Tag ("Christians, engrave this Day"), which was performed on Christmas Day 1999 to launch the year-long pilgrimage. This is one of Bach's best known cantatas. The accompagnato recit was sung by Bernarda Fink to great acclaim.

"The variety of these works for Christmas and Epiphany is astonishing, and the singing, from the Monteverdi Choir and soloists including Magdalena Kozena, fully matches it." Sunday Times

The Independent on Sunday
With 10 top-flight soloists, it brings this awe-inspiring project to a powerful end.

Gramophone Magazine
There are countless highlights in the final two volumes. The duet-singing in BWV32 between Claron McFadden and Peter Harvey is memorably rewarding. Similarly cathartic is the peerless, reassuring expression of eternal union in the great duet of BWV154 with Michael Chance and James Gilchrist.

The Times
As before, performances offer the zinging energy, heartfelt beauty and occasional warts of the best live music-making...Christmas jubilation never turns strident. Elsewhere, Gardiner's forces radiate quiet intensity in the tragedy and pathos of BWV 123, Liebster Immanuel - music of simple sobriety, powerful enough to stop the world turning.

BBC Music Magazine
The two strongly contrasting arias [of BWV 63], both duets, are expressively sung but it is Bernarda Fink's beautifully controlled, extended recitative which stands out for its tender articulation...James Gilchrist makes a fine contribution...notably in the solo tenor cantata 'Ich armer Mensch'.

Classic FM Magazine
Bernarda Fink brings a moving sense of wonder to her accompanied recitative. From time to time, you feel that the performers are flying by the seat of their pants, but the commitment and enjoyment shine through.



Reviews

This is the record of John
This is the final release (though not the last numerically, and actually the first performed) in Sir John Eliot Gardiner's "pilgrimage" recording series of the Bach cantatas. All were performed live on or near the Sunday for which they were written, in one year's time. When his record company backed out of this massive project, Sir John--who had already committed to the performances--determined to release the cantatas on his own label. No corners were cut: full texts, essays by the conductor and other participants, beautiful packaging. The Christmas and Epiphany works in this set certainly made a festive opening to the pilgrimage. "Gloria in excelsis Deo" (BWV 191) also serves as the Gloria movement in the B-minor Mass. The soloists blend the famous with the lesser-known (I particularly like James Gilchrist's work on this set), and the chorus and orchestra toss off Bach's intricate counterpoint with assurance. Although Gardiner has done much good work, to pull off these concerts and recordings is a very special achievement.
Submitted on 12/09/10 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 25 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1714-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 191, "Gloria in excelsis Deo" BWV 191
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741-1745

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 65, "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen" BWV 65
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 01/06/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 123, "Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen" BWV 123
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 01/06/1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 154, "Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren" BWV 154
  • Performers: Christoph Genz (Tenor); James Gilchrist (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 01/09/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 124, "Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht," BWV 124
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 01/07/1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 32 "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen" BWV 32
  • Performers: Claron McFadden (Soprano); Magdalena Kozená (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 01/13/1726