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Bach: Cantatas Bwv 170 & 35 / Damien Guillon, Le Banquet Celeste

Bach,J.s. / Guillon / Le Banquet Celeste
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 305   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Damien Guillon
Conductor:  Damien Guillon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Banquet Céleste
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BACH Cantatas: No. 170; 1 No. 35. 1 Trio Sonata No. 3. 2 Fantasy and Fugue in g, BWV 542 2 1 Damien Guillon (ct, cond); 1 Le Banquet Céleste; 2 Maude Gratton, org (period instruments) Read more ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT305 (73:05 Text and Translation)


This program was obviously and smartly chosen to provide separation between the cantatas (cantatas and organ solos alternate on the disc), but also, presumably, to showcase the talents of organist Maude Gratton, as well as countertenor Damien Guillon. Gratton, after all, is the only person who participates in all four works. Two of BWV 170’s three arias and all three of BWV 35’s arias are scored for obbligato organ, and two movements of BWV 35 were adopted from a lost concerto, rescored for organ and orchestra. So why is there no picture of Gratton? Guillon appears on the cover and in the booklet, and there’s even a picture of the organ, for heaven’s sake. There is plenty of unused space on three divider pages and the blank back cover. The guild of organists should investigate.

But Guillon is unquestionably the chief honcho in this production, responsible for its success or failure. His opening aria in BWV 170 is gentle and soothing. The second aria seems to fall apart, but Guillon regains his mojo in the animated finale. BWV 35 is a more extroverted work, and Guillon manages its rapid passagework with ease. Gratton satisfies throughout, playing the concerto movements with aplomb and raising the roof with her explosive attack in the great Fantasy and Fugue. This disc earns a good mark, but it won’t displace some formidable competition: Andreas Scholl with Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi) and Robin Blaze with Masaaki Suzuki (BIS). If you prefer a female alto, Bernarda Fink with Petra Müllejans (also Harmonia Mundi) is hard to beat. Of course, all of these alternatives offer other cantatas, rather than organ works, to fill their discs.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 3 in D minor, BWV 527 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Damien Guillon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Banquet Céleste
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Damien Guillon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Banquet Céleste
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Damien Guillon (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Damien Guillon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Banquet Céleste
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Damien Guillon (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Damien Guillon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Banquet Céleste
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: Recitative: Die Welt, das Sundenhaus
Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Wie jammern
Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: Recitative: Wer solte sich
Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Wie leid ist mir das Leben
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: I. Andante
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: II. Adagio e dolce
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: III. Vivace
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Concerto
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Aria: Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Alto)
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Recitative: Ich wundre mich (Alto)
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Aria: Gott hat alles wohlgemacht (Alto)
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Sinfonia
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Recitative: Ach, starker Gott, lass mich (Alto)
Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35: Aria: Ich wunsche nur bei Gott zu leben (Alto)
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542: Fantasia
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542: Fugue

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