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Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 1 / Suzuki, Sampson, Et Al


Release Date: 11/30/2004 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1411   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Makoto SakuradaCarolyn SampsonStephan Schreckenberger
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"While recordings of Bach’s Coffee Cantata abound, the same cannot be said for his spaciously proportioned Wedding Cantata, ‘O holder Tag’. Scored for soprano with flute, oboe d’amore and strings, this last-mentioned piece is unquestionably one of the most vocally challenging of all Bach’s solo voice cantatas, requiring stamina and virtuosity over and above all Bach’s other usual demands. Carolyn Sampson has these challenges well within her grasp and no one is likely to be disappointed by her restrained and delicately poised singing... Comparably successful are the fourth aria, a deliciously pervasive polonaise, and the spirited finale, though throughout the cantata elegance of phrase and transparency of texture take precedence over Read more nuptial high spirits. The Coffee Cantata is a delight from start to finish. Sampson is an almost perfect Liesgen, the willful, headstrong but affectionate daughter of dyspeptic though ultimately indulgent father, Schlendrian. As in the other work, the emphasis in Suzuki’s performance is on refinement of detail rather than animated dialogue. But the little domestic contretemps comes over charmingly and with just enough theatre to hold our attention. Stephen Schreckenberger makes clearer tonal sense of his aria ‘Mädchen, die von harten Sinnen’ than any other bass I know and Sampson’s sublime ‘Heute noch’ is lightly articulated and wholly enchanting."

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit, BWV 210 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Makoto Sakurada (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 35 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Makoto Sakurada (Tenor), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 

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