V 15: Bach Cantatas
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|1. 1. Coro: Sheet, Welch Eine Liebe|
|2. 2. Choral: Das Hat Er Alles Uns Getan|
|3. 3. Recitativo: Alt Geh, Welt! Behalte Nur Das Deine|
|4. 4. Choral: Was FRag Ich Nach Der Welt|
|5. 5. Aria: Sopran Was Die Welt|
|6. 6. Recitativo: Bass: Der Himmel Blibet Mir Gewiss|
|7. 7. Aria: Alt: Von Der Welt Verlang Ich Nichts|
|8. Choral: Gute Nacht, O Wesen|
|9. 1. Aria: Sopran: Suber Trost, Mein Jesus Kommt|
|10. 2. Recitativo: Bass: Erfreue Dich, Mein Herz|
|11. 3. Aria: Alt: In Jesu Demut Kann Ich Trost|
|12. 4. Recitativo: Tenor: Du Teurer Gottessohn|
|13. 5. Choral: Heut Schleubt Er Wieder Auf Die Tur|
|14. 1. Aria: Bass: Selig Ist Der Mann|
|15. 2. Recitativo: Sopran: Ach! Dieser Sube Trost|
|16. 3. Aria: Sopran: Ich Wunschte Mir Den Tod|
|17. 4. Recitativo (Dialogo): Bass, Sopran: Ich Reiche Dir Die Hand|
|18. 5. Aria: Bass: Ja, Ja, Ich Kann Die Feinde Schlagen|
|19. 6. Recitativo (Dialogo): Bass, Sporan: In Meiner Schob Liegt Ruh Und Leben|
|20. 7. Aria: Sopran: Ich Ende Behende Mein Irdisches Leben|
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The latest in John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage series, Volume 15 concentrates on four cantatas for the Third Day of Christmas. Recorded on December 27, 2000, in New York's St. Bartholomew Church, these works, so different from one another in texture, are presented in a warm, realistic, not-very-churchy ambiance: BWV 64, concentrating on God's Love, features a trombone choir that underlines and supports the choir like a pillar of strength; 151, a far more private utterance about personal comfort, has lovely work for flute and oboe d'amore; BWV 57 is the least adorned, a dialogue between Jesus and the Soul scored only for strings and three oboes, each doubling a violin; and 133 is an expressive of sheer joy at Christmas. As usual, the performances are stunning--heartfelt (the soprano's portrayal of the Soul in No. 57 is filled with high drama), always in tune, alternately joyous and pious. This is a fine entry into the Christmas season. --Robert Levine
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As in the other issues that I have so far collected from this admirable series, there is no hint that the performers are tired or demob-happy, and none that the recording technicians experience any difficulty in adjusting to yet another acoustic. None of the works here was previously familiar to me, and any sense that I might have been remiss in this matter was at least eased on learning that these cantatas were not very well known to the performers either. I'm not sure whether I am surprised or not by the stylistic command and technical proficiency that meets me here again. I had predicted it with confidence, but it is surely astonishing all the same. The solo vocal work is shared out among no fewer than three sopranos, together with two male altos and a single tenor and bass. The male altos are very easy on the ear (not something I have always found elsewhere), but the entire ensemble, instrumental and choral as well as the soloists, is admirable. No doubt in years to come there will be other distinguished accounts of this and that Bach cantata - indeed there are quite a few already - but whatever the future competition in the four presented here you could not possibly go wrong with this disc.
The format is the familiar one. The disc is enclosed in a kind of book, with Gardiner's standard foreword, another of his long, learned and highly personal essays that he wrote originally as a project log, a shorter individual contribution by one of the performers, and the full texts of the cantatas with English translation. It comes to roughly an hour and a quarter's music, and what music. Salvation of the soul no doubt comes in other forms as well, but even the most hardened agnostic must surely feel he is making progress of the most agreeable kind towards that outcome if he follows in the steps of this pilgrimage.
The works comprising this volume are more of J.S. Bach's cantatas composed for the Christmas season that are not performed too often, for some strange reason. . I particularly loved the "Dialogue" Cantata for soprano and bass as the Soul and Jesus. It's is as close to operatic writing as we get from Johann. The virtuosic aria for bass on tract 18 is splendidly sung by bass Peter Harvey--he is really good. Likewise, the soprano's aria from this Cantata is also a delight. Joanne Lunn the soprano soloist performs it magnificently.
This volume also includes the rather recently (I believe) discovered cantata "Ich freue mich in dir" written in 1724. Gardiner and his forces give it a wonderfully spirited reading closing this set of J.S. Bach's Cantatas that were written for the third day after Christmas in a wonderful manner.
Volume 15 of Gardiner's Bach Pilgrimage has certainly helped to put me more in the "Holiday spirit". It is a wonderful recording.