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J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Ascension Day - Lfenneke Ruiten, Meg Bragle, Andrew Tortise, Dietrich Henschel / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 43, "Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen" BWV 43
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 37, "Wer da gläubet und getauft wird" (incomplete), BWV 37
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 128, "Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein" BWV 128
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 "Ascension Oratorio"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The ambitious Bach Cantata Pilgrimage recording project is finally truly complete! The Ascension Cantatas were left unrecorded in 2000 due to noise issues, but were revisited in a 2012 live recording at St. Giles Cripplegate after hundreds of donors worldwide helped to fund the concerts. This recording features one of the original Pilgrimage soloists, bass Dietrich Henschel, alongside a new generation of Bach interpreters-- making this an incredible bridge between a tradition begun 13 years ago and today.

International Record Review, September 2013
There has been an overriding sense throughout the whole 28 volumes of the musicians exploring the music as if for the first time...a kind of fresh-faced, awestruck delight to be experienced round every musical corner. These are performances which feel more as if they have hit the ground running than been painstakingly prepared.

The Arts Desk, 20th April 2013
The final volume in John Eliot Gardiner's mammoth Bach Cantata sequence is one of the very best...The performances are incredibly assured, with tight, rich choral singing and orchestral playing full of felicitous detail. Several wonderful oboe da caccia solos stand out, and all is contained within the not-too-resonant acoustic of St Giles' Cripplegate.

MusicWeb International, 21st May 2013
The standard of choral singing and orchestral playing is as high as always and though I have some reservations about the solo team these are largely subjective and not all will share them.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
What a swagger Gardiner brings to the beginning of BWV37...Best of all are the ebullient choruses that bookend the oratorio, exhibiting Gardiner's innate Bachian flair, and bringing to an end a celebratory journey that's ultimately uplifting.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
Gardiner's performances show the ready familiarity with the music you would expect. His thoughtful approach to detail really shows itself in the choruses, perhaps above all in the chorales, each of which finds its own expressive solutions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England (2012-05-10&2012-05-11_2012-).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 43, "Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen" BWV 43
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
  • Notes: Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England (2012-05-10&2012-05-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/30/1726

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 37, "Wer da gläubet und getauft wird" (incomplete), BWV 37
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England (2012-05-10&2012-05-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/18/1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 128, "Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein" BWV 128
  • Performers: Andrew Tortise (Tenor); Lenneke Ruiten (Soprano); Dietrich Henschel (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England (2012-05-10&2012-05-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/10/1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 "Ascension Oratorio"
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Notes: Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, England (2012-05-10&2012-05-11_2012-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/19/1735