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V 14: Bach Cantatas

Monteverdi Choir Gardiner English Baroque Soloists , Bach J.S. Audio CD
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1. Coro
2. Recitativo E Choral
3. Aria: Tenor Gott, Dem Der Erden Kries Zu Klien
4. Recitativo: Bass O Christenheit
5. Aria: Sopran, Alt Die Armut, So Gott Auf Sich Nimmt
6. Choral Das Hat Er Alles Uns Getan
7. Coro Christum Wir Sollen Loben Schon
8. Aria: Tenor O Du Von Gott Erhohte Kreatur
9. Recitativo: Alt Der Gnade Unermesslich's Wesen
10. Aria: Bass Johannis Freudenvolles Springen
11. Recitativo: Sopran Doch Wie Erblickt Es Dich In Deiner Krippe
12. Choral Lob, Ehr Und Dank Sei Dir Gesagt
13. Coro dazu Ist Erschienen Der Sohn Gottes
14. Recitativo: Teno das Wort Ward Fliesch Und Wohnet In Der Welt
15. Choral Die Sund Macht Leid
16. Aria: Bass Hollische Schlange
17. Recitativo: Alt Die Schlange, So Im Paradies
18. Choral Schuttle Deinen Kopf Und Sprich
19. Aria: Tenor Christenkinder, Freuet Euch!
20. Choral Jesu, Nimm Dich Deiner Glieder
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendeur ! April 27 2007
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Gardiner se promène dans son pèlerinage et livre, ça et la, des gravures d'exception. Tel est ici le cas avec ces quatre cantates poue le «Jour de Noël» (et son lendemain.). La première Cantate, très connue du public, est la célèbre «Gelobet- BWV 91 ». Fantastique prestation avec des voix superbes et un« Aria duetto» de plus de six minutes résolument captivant, ensorcelant.

La pièce de résistance, qui ferme le programme, est la sublime cantate BWV 110. Le «Coro» de plus de six minutes est, en fait, l'exacte transcription d'une Ouverture de BACH. Ici magnifiquement interprété par un orchestre énergique, on peut, oh moment de grâce, apprécié cette prestation avec les voix sublimes des solistes en verve. Cette cantate, à elle seule, vaut l'acquisition de ce splendide album.

Enregistré «live» comme tout les albums de cette série, la prise de son est variable. On pourra se réjouir du fait qu'elle est à son meilleur lors de la prestation de la BWV 110.

Ah oui ! Cet album s'est mérité un Diapason d'Or de l'année...
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WITH J.S March 20 2006
By GEORGE RANNIE - Published on Amazon.com
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In this 5th installment (Actually Volume 14) of the Gardiner Bach Pilgrimage, it is the Christmas Season to be celebrated with Johann. In this 1-disc installment, we hear cantatas written by J.S. Bach for Christmas time. These Cantatas have always been out-performed by the "Christmas Oratorio".. What's the reason for that, I will never know. The cantatas contained in Volume 14 find dear Johann at his very BEST; they are filled with hope, joy (dare I say) and bounce reflective of the season. All of the aforesaid descriptions are very evident especially in the cantata "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110. As I've noted profusely in my previous reviews, on this board, of the other four installments, I find this enterprise of Gardiner to be outstanding in every way. He along with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque soloist perform Bach's cantatas gloriously. Volume 14 is no exception; it contains some beautiful music. This volume was recorded in New York and all of the participants perform magnificently! The Tenor and Bass have the most solos to perform and they are astounding.

Once again, James Gilchrist, the tenor is astounding-listen to his arias in Tracts 3, 8 and 22-wow! Peter Harvey, the bass is very good also-listen to tracts 10 and 16-they are wonderful! The sopranos, Katharine Fuge and Joanne Lunn singing their duets with the tenor and alto beautifully-those duets are simply fantastic. Just in case you've read my reviews of the other releases in this series, I am still very much enjoying countertenors Robin Tyson and William Towers-they are really very good. In fact, I loved this release!

Although, I listened to this recording about three months after the holidays, it succeeded in putting me in a rather festive mood. If you want to hear some J.S. Bach in his substantial glory, buy this album of his Cantatas. (do read the previous reviewer's magnificent summary of the contents pf Volume14.) By the way, the New York audiance must have been very healthy too; I heard not one sneeze or cough out of them--in the dead of winter too--i wonder what's their secret?
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5.0 out of 5 stars JOURNEY'S END June 6 2008
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
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The pilgrims have come to the end of their pilgrimage. For newcomers to the series, John Eliot Gardiner and his colleagues undertook a Bach Cantata Pilgrimage from Christmas 1999 to Christmas 2000, performing the master's surviving cantatas on the liturgical dates for which he had composed or adapted them. This had started in Bach's own Saxony, and here it reaches its conclusion in New York. This issue is a single disc containing 4 cantatas, providing excellent value with 71 minutes of music quite apart from the value it gives us in musical respects.

As I have reported in all my growing collection of the series, this one fills me with admiration and gratitude. The sheer difficulty of such an unprecedented undertaking seems to have inspired, not daunted or fatigued, the artists. If your knowledge of the cantatas had been sketchy up until now, so had mine been and so had theirs. To a great extent the singers and instrumentalists, if not Gardiner himself, had been learning the works as they went along under these self-imposed conditions. I had not yet found reason to qualify my appreciation of the sheer freshness combined with a thoroughness that would have done credit to months of preparation, of the sense of commitment that comes over so clearly, and of the sympathy and understanding that they bring to this transcendentally great music, nor do I find reason on this occasion. My gratitude extends also to the work of the recording technicians, who have adapted to the acoustic of successive churches without any apparent sense of difficulty or challenge.

Of the four cantatas here, two are for Christmas Day itself, two for Boxing Day. Gardiner himself believes that these cantatas have been unjustly undervalued in comparison with the Christmas Oratorio in what he calls popular `esteem'. I agree that they are of comparable quality, but I'd say that this is not a matter of esteem so much as of randomness in the amount of attention each has attracted. As always, he provides another of his long and eloquent essays on the music, expressing appreciation as usual of the performers as he does so. Also as usual there is a separate and shorter piece from one of the performers, this time the bass soloist Peter Harvey, paying very deserved tribute to Gardiner himself among his other insights. Whether or not it was because I was so taken with what he said, I thought I found Harvey the best of a very fine bunch of soloists. I should also draw attention to some particularly fine choral work, and I thoroughly welcome the director's rather supercilious dismissal of the one-voice-per-part school of interpreters of Bach's choruses.

In his customary way, Gardiner gives minute attention to details in which he feels the music reflects particular aspects of the text. I most certainly do not want to take issue with him on this question, but for my own part I don't seem to find this a marked feature of Bach's style, although there are some very obvious instances where it is true. In Handel, who was a dramatist and rhetorician, the tone and idiom of any setting is closely allied to the text being sung. With Bach I have an overall impression that the infinite wellspring of music that flowed through him is at the service of the overarching faith that guided and inspired everything he did, and the rest is details. He was not more inspired by the gospel for one Sunday or feast-day than by the epistle for another or by the pietistic verses for any of them, but equally, wonderfully, for them all.

This may have been the end of the physical road, but happily for us there are more of these marvellous issues still to come. On each cantata Bach inscribed `SDG' or `soli Deo gloria' - glory to God alone. For my own modest part, as I think of what is still to come out of this pilgrimage, I shall just add the simple motto `Bring them on.'
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cantatas on disc by BWV # & name. Jan. 11 2006
By Vegan Daddy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a review but merely a helper for potential buyers whom recognize Bach's cantatas by BWV # with the name. This disc (the first issue of a single disc) is the continuation of Gardiner's "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage." The CD is produced with utmost quality in sound, however it is packaged in an awkward cardboard case.

The cantatas on this set by BWV # and Name:

BWV 91, Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ

BWV 121, Christum wir sollen loben schon

BWV 40, Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes

BWV 110, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens

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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Corrupted Track on Download Version of This Album June 25 2008
By Philologer - Published on Amazon.com
Track 21 (Unser Mund sei voll Lachens BWV 110 - I. Coro) of the downloadable version of this album has a noticeable skip about 16 or 17 seconds into the track. This seems to be a problem with the master MP3 file itself, as the exact same problem occurred on the same track of the same album downloaded from iTunes. If it weren't for this disruptive problem, I'd give this album, and the rest of the Gardiner Bach Cantatas project, five stars.
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