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Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 54 - Nos. 14, 100, 197, 197a / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

Bach / Bach Collegium Japan / Suzuki
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2021   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana BlazikovaDamien GuillonGerd TürkPeter Kooy
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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As the penultimate volume in the acclaimed cycle recorded by Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan sees the light of day, it is a sobering thought that as many as a hundred of Bach's church cantatas may have been lost. The exact number would be difficult to ascertain, but what we do know is that Bach probably composed at least one more complete set of cantatas – for the church year of 1728-29 – and of this set only nine are extant. The fragment Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, BWV197a, apparently intended for Christmas Day of 1728, is one of these. Bach's autograph score lacks no fewer than 24 pages, meaning that the first three movements and a large proportion of the
Read more fourth have been lost. We are fortunate, however, in that nine years later Bach reused parts of the work in the large-scale wedding cantata Gott ist unsre Zuversicht, BWV197. This has made it possible to reconstruct the missing part of the fourth movement – an alto aria addressed to baby Jesus in the manger – and also allows for interesting comparisons between the two versions. The other two works included in this volume were both composed around 1735, and give rich evidence of Bach's versatility in terms of style. The contrast is striking between the decidedly fashionable bass aria BWV100/4, with its syncopated melody and gossamer string writing, and the highly intricate counterpoint that Bach lays out in Wär Gott nicht mit uns, the opening chorus of BWV14. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BWV 14 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Damien Guillon (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 100 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Damien Guillon (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Gott ist unser Zuversicht, BWV 197 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Damien Guillon (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe, BWV 197a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Damien Guillon (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Leipzig, Germany 

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