Bach’s cantata BWV 199 begins “My heart swims in blood/The results of my sins/Transform me into a monster,” and ends, “And through my grief and pain/No longer am I excluded/From His bliss or His heart.” Serious, pious, introspective stuff, indeed, and this recording, in superb sound, features the lamented Lorraine Hunt Lieberson performing the cantata live in Los Angeles in 2003.
The disc’s brief playing time (the cantata takes just 28 minutes) should not put you off: there is a lifetime of great and deep music-making here. Lieberson’s flawless tone, utterly even and capable of a dozen shades of dynamics and colors, along with her almost uncanny ability to convey feelings as rich asRead more those expressed here, turns this half hour into an almost intimate experience, as if one were hearing the confession of a dear friend or a dear soul. Her simplicity is epic, to coin an oxymoron; she can drive one to tears. I’m unaccustomed to gushing like this, and my connection with devout anything, let alone Christianity, is less than tenuous, but I was stunned by the beauty of the singing, playing, and sincerity and so will you be. It’s like listening to the truth.
A quick, sharp performance of Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg serves as a curtain-raiser. The solo violin (Margaret Batjer is the leader and soloist) takes a wild ride in the last movement, and throughout, the performance is brilliant and exhilarating.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Mezzo Soprano)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
David Shostac (Flute),
Margaret Batjer (Violin),
Brook Ellen Schoenwald (Flute)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: II. Andante
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: III. Presto
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199
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Poor LorraineApril 28, 2013By Jim D. See All My Reviews"Passionate devotees of the art of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson might be interested in this disc; its hard to imagine who else it was intended for. Though offered at full price, it contains less than 45 minutes of music, of which the late mezzo only sings about 28 (a single track with no cue points), the rest being filled with a rather driven performance of the fourth Brandenburg Concerto. Yes, Lieberson sings well, but this solo cantata is one of a pair already available on CD. (In fairness, I need to note that the other recording also runs less than an hour.) For a real tribute to a fine singer, someone should issue her rendition of Elgars The Music Makers from the BBC Proms! Sound is not bad; while the performances are apparently live, theres no applause or audience noise (but I can barely hear the harpsichord, either). Copious and adulatory notes, which the singer may deserve, but not the disc."Report Abuse