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Bach: Cantatas Vol 1 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists


Release Date: 05/10/2005 
Label:  Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog #: 101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wilke te BrummelstroeteDavid HenschelJoanne LunnPaul Agnew,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Bach's music has always been part of my life - in good times and bad. And in this extraordinary journey, led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, is going to be a companion for many years to come.' - Terry Waite

Sir John Eliot Gardiner undertook the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000 amid a blaze of publicity. The project to perform and record every single extant Bach cantata within one year, each on its relevant liturgical day where possible, in some of the finest churches and cathedrals across Europe, was a tantalising prospect. But Deutsche Grammophon pulled out of the project so Gardiner went ahead and recorded them himself. For a while it seemed uncertain if the bulk of the live recordings would become available. But now
Read more every aspect of Gardiner's new independent label Soli Deo Gloria oozes with loving care: the covers by photojournalist Steve McCurry subtly underline the universal nature of spirituality; booklet-notes prepared using extracts from Gardiner's diary give a compelling account of Bach's music and the location of the concerts; the hardback book style of the packaging and the quality of the documentation encourage absorbed study while listening.

Arguments about how many singers Bach might have used might be forgotten the moment one hears the 18 members of the Monteverdi Choir open their mouths. The heart-stopping introduction to Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot (No 39) renews my admiration for this incomparable choir. Every movement in these six cantatas produces special playing from the English Baroque Soloists. The instrumentalists apply intelligence and taste to the diverse demands Bach throws at them. For example, the jaunty interplay between two playful violins in Des Vaters Stimme liess sich hören (No 7), the breathtaking pianissimo flutes in Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sünder (No 30), or the flamboyant solo trumpet in Dietrich Henschel's assured and authoritative Mein Herze glaubt und liebt (No 75). The sheer force of the tumultuous opening of No 20 indicates that Gardiner has lost none of his revolutionary zeal and theatrical energy. Each of the five soloists provides miniature theatrical moments: exuberant, melancholic or penitent, but never neutralised or blandly over-reverent. Gardiner's typically meticulous attention to text and his awareness of musical texture draw the listener through nearly 150 minutes of music without a single lapse in coherence. This is a magnificent achievement that illustrates how Gardiner's independence gives him an increased capacity to reinvigorate our recording collections for years to come.

David Vickers, GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 7 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), David Henschel (Bass), Joanne Lunn (Soprano),
Paul Agnew (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Live  St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London (06/23/2000 - 06/24/2000) 
2.
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Henschel (Bass), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Gillian Keith (Soprano),
Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Live  St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London (06/25/2000 - 06/26/2000) 
3.
Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV 30 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Henschel (Bass), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), Paul Agnew (Tenor),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Live  St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London 
Length: 32 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London (06/23/2000 - 06/24/2000) 
4.
Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Tenor), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), David Henschel (Bass),
Gillian Keith (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Live  St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London (06/25/2000 - 06/26/2000) 
5.
Die Elenden sollen essen, dass sie satt werden, BWV 75 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Tenor), Gillian Keith (Soprano), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto),
David Henschel (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Live  St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London (06/25/2000 - 06/26/2000) 
6.
Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe, BWV 167 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Henschel (Bass), Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto),
Paul Agnew (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Live  St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London 
Length: 18 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: St. Giles' Church, Cripplegate, London (06/23/2000 - 06/24/2000) 

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