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Bach: Cantatas Bwv 51, 93, 129 / Karl Richter


Release Date: 05/08/2002 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 427115   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Karl KolbingerChrista ZecherleKurt GuntnerPierre Thibaud,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These three cantatas were recorded in the impressive Herkulessaal in Munich between 1971 and 1975, under the direction of Karl Richter (1926-81), founder and conductor of the Munich Bach Choir and Orchestra, and are now reissued, digitally remastered, in Archiv's Galleria series. They are well contrasted: No. 51 (c. 1730), a virtuoso solo cantata for soprano, with strings and a brilliant obbligato trumpet part, No. 93 (1724), a 'chorale cantata' (i.e. based on a Protestant hymn) with SATB soloists, chorus and an orchestra of strings and oboes; and No. 129 (1726 or 1727) another 'chorale cantata', with three soloists (there is no tenor soloist, despite what is printed on page 2 of the booklet), chorus and an orchestra of strings, flute, oboe Read more d'amore, three trumpets and timpani

Edith Mathis is the agile, bright, ringing soloist in Jauchzet Gott, negotiating the florid runs and wide (two-octave) compass with absolute security and apparent ease. For all her technical accomplishment, however, I do not find myself moved by her singing as I am by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in his short but eloquent recitative in Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten, or by Peter Schreier in his aria which follows it. Anna Reynolds also gives a lovely account of her big aria in Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott. This has an obbligato part for oboe d'amore, beautifully played by Manfred Clement, who is also the nimble oboe soloist in Edith Mathis's aria in Cantata No. 93. In fact, there is a great deal of fine instrumental playing, notably from Pierre Thibaud, the sterling trumpeter in Cantata No. 51 and from Kurt Guntner and Christa Zecherle, the two solo violinists in the first part of the concluding solo chorale of No. 51, which could be an alternative movement for the great two-violin Concerto in D minor. The choral and orchestral contribution, too, is as accomplished as one would expect from this source, but the organ con inuo (there is no harpsichord) is perhaps rather fussy. Karl Richter's conducting displays an impressive rhythmic sense although it is not remarkable for lightness of touch; but he has a real feeling for the music, even if his approach may now sound rather solid and Germanic. The performances are well served by DG's refurbished recording.

-- Robin Golding, Gramophone [8/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Karl Kolbinger (Bassoon), Christa Zecherle (Violin), Kurt Guntner (Violin),
Pierre Thibaud (Trumpet), Edith Mathis (Soprano), Hedwig Bilgram (Organ)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Written: 1730 
Date of Recording: 1974-75 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 93 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Herbert Duft (Double Bass), Fritz Kiskalt (Cello), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Anna Reynolds (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Karl Kolbinger (Bassoon), Hedwig Bilgram (Organ)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974-75 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 23 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Manfred Clement (Oboe), Pierre Thibaud (Trumpet), Paul Lachenmeier (Trumpet),
Manfred Klette (Trumpet), Mathias Holm (Timpani), Otto Büchner (Violin),
Fritz Kiskalt (Cello), Anna Reynolds (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor),
Edith Mathis (Soprano), Herbert Duft (Double Bass), Manfred Clement (Oboe d'amore),
Hedwig Bilgram (Organ), Karl Kolbinger (Bassoon), Robert Eliscu (Oboe),
Paul Meisen (Flute), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Karl Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974-75 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 22 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 

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