Bach Cantatas Vol 27

SDG 138  |  2 CD (39 tracks)

For Whit Tuesday
BWV 1048 / 184 / 175

For Trinity Sunday
BWV 194 / 176 / 165 / 129

Recorded in Blythburgh / Kirkwall

Lisa Larsson / Ruth Holton / Nathalie Stutzmann / Daniel Taylor / Christoph Genz / Paul Agnew /
Stephan Loges / Peter Harvey
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

BBC Music Mag Awards SDG138

"Gardiner’s definitive interpretations are essential listening" - The Observer


This release combines cantatas for Whit Tuesday and Trinity Sunday. Brandenburg Concerto No.3 precedes the two surviving Cantatas for Whit Tuesday. Pressed for time at the end of a busy Whit weekend during his first year in Leipzig, Bach based BWV 184 Erwünschtes Freudenlicht (1724) on a hasty revision of a lost Köthen secular cantata. One might momentarily mistake the second movement of this cantata as the origin of the celebrated duet from Lakmé, before considering the long odds of Delibes ever having clapped eyes on this obscure piece. The pastoral mood continues a year later in BWV 175 Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen (1725). This is a more elaborate work, the eighth of the nine consecutive texts Bach set by Christiane Mariane von Ziegler.

Recorded in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall after one of the more dramatic journeys on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, the first cantata for Trinity Sunday, BWV 165 O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, was composed in 1715 in Weimar. It is a true sermon-in-music, based on the Gospel account of Jesus' night-time conversation with Nicodemus on the subject of 'new life'. A grand French-style overture heralds the start of BWV 194 Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest. The cantata seems to have begun life as a secular Köthen piece some time between 1717 and 1723, and was then adapted for the dedication of the new organ at Störmthal (2 November 1723). The programme ends with the genial and uplifting work, BWV 129 Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott.


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Tracks in the album:

Disc 1
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 BWV 1048 in G major
 
 
 
01 1. Allegro 5:35
 
 
 
02 2. Adagio 1:32
 
 
 
03 3. Allegro 5:06
 
 
Cantata "Erwünschtes Freudenlicht" BWV 184
 
 
 
04 1. Recitativo (Tenor) Erwünschtes Freudenlicht 3:24
 
 
 
05 2. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Alto) Gesegnete Christen, glückselige Herde 8:17
 
 
 
06 3. Recitativo (Tenor) So freuet euch, ihr auserwählten Seelen! 1:57
 
 
 
07 4. Aria (Tenor) Glück und Segen sind bereit 4:36
 
 
 
08 5. Choral - Herr, ich hoff je 1:17
 
 
 
09 6. Coro - Guter Hirte, Trost der Deinen 2:25
 
 
Cantata "Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen" BWV 175
 
 
 
10 1. Recitativo (Tenor) Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen 0:16
 
 
 
11 2. Aria (Alto) Komm, leite mich 4:35
 
 
 
12 3. Recitativo (Tenor) Wo find ich dich? 0:27
 
 
 
13 4. Aria (Tenor) Es dünket mich, ich seh dich kommen 3:07
 
 
 
14 5. Recitativo (Alto, Bass) Sie vernahmen aber nicht 1:05
 
 
 
15 6. Aria (Bass) Öffnet euch, ihr beiden Ohren 4:19
 
 
 
16 7. Choral - Nun, werter Geist, ich folg dir 1:50
 
 

Disc 2
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Cantata "Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest" BWV 194
 
 
 
01 1. Coro - Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest 4:26
 
 
 
02 2. Recitativo (Bass) Unendlich großer Gott 1:07
 
 
 
03 3. Aria (Bass) Was des Höchsten Glanz erfüllt 4:20
 
 
 
04 4. Recitativo (Soprano) Wie könnte dir, du höchstes Angesicht 1:26
 
 
 
05 5. Aria (Soprano) Hilf, Gott, dass es uns gelingt 5:33
 
 
 
06 6. Choral - Heil'ger Geist ins Himmels Throne 2:08
 
 
Cantata "Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding" BWV 176
 
 
 
07 1. Coro - Es ist ein trotzig und verzagt Ding 1:54
 
 
 
08 2. Recitativo (Alto) Ich meine, recht verzagt 0:43
 
 
 
09 3. Aria (Soprano) Dein sonst hell beliebter Schein 2:59
 
 
 
10 4. Recitativo (Bass) So wundre dich, o Meister, nicht 1:27
 
 
 
11 5. Aria (Alto) Ermuntert euch, furchtsam und schüchterne Sinne 2:21
 
 
 
12 6. Choral - Auf dass wir also allzugleich 1:11
 
 
Cantata "O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad" BWV 165
 
 
 
13 1. Aria (Soprano) O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad 3:32
 
 
 
14 2. Recitativo (Bass) Die sündige Geburt verdammter Adamserben 1:17
 
 
 
15 3. Aria (Alto) Jesu, der aus großer Liebe 2:29
 
 
 
16 4. Recitativo (Bass) Ich habe ja, mein Seelenbräutigam 2:04
 
 
 
17 5. Aria (Tenor) Jesu, meines Todes Tod 2:59
 
 
 
18 6. Choral - Sein Wort, sein Tauf, sein Nachtmahl 0:40
 
 
Cantata "Gelobet sei der Herr" BWV 129
 
 
 
19 1. Coro (Choral) Gelobet sei der Herr 3:48
 
 
 
20 2. Aria (Bass) Gelobet sei der Herr 3:35
 
 
 
21 3. Aria (Soprano) Gelobet sei der Herr 4:56
 
 
 
22 4. Aria (Alto) Gelobet sei der Herr 4:53
 
 
 
23 5. Choral - Dem wir das Heilig itzt 1:38
 
 

Total Playing Time: 1:51:02