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Bach: Cantatas: BWV 34 129 173 & 184 / Kuijken, La Petite Bande

Bach / Samann / Genz / Crabben / Kuijken
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 25316  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra NoskaiováGerlinde SamannChristoph GenzJan Van der Crabben
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Cantatas Nos. 34, 173, 184, 129 Sigiswald Kuijken, cond; Gerlinde Sämann (sop); Petra Noskaiová (alt); Christoph Genz (ten); Jan Van der Crabben (bs); La Petite Bande (period instruments) ACCENT 25316 (70:01 Text and Translation)


In his cantata series Sigiswald Kuijken serves two masters. First and foremost is Bach; second is the way he believes Bach ought to be performed—which is to say, sung one-to-a-part. Forget what you’ve always been told about two Read more masters; he serves both well. As far as the music is concerned, Kuijken has few peers in its interpretation, and these performances are the proof of it. As for chamber-style performance, the voices are the key, and Kuijken has assembled a well-nigh ideal quartet for the undertaking. Not only are all four singers outstanding soloists, but they also blend well together as a mini-chorus. Fortunately Kuijken’s devotion to authenticity does not extend to gender. Gerlinde Sämann’s and Petra Noskaiová’s contributions are among the many highlights of the disc. Noskaiová’s magical aria in Cantata 34 is a case in point. The excellence of La Petite Bande’s instrumentalists is, of course, a given. One objective of chamber-style performance is to individualize the polyphonic strands of Bach’s compositions, and Kuijken’s musicians and Accent’s engineers have done a superb job of doing just that. Skeptics (I am one) remain unconvinced, but in this recording, along with the series as a whole, Kuijken makes as strong a case as could be for his proposition. Heartily recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano), Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, BWV 129 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano), Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Erwünschtes Freudenlicht, BWV 184 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano), Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut, BWV 173 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano), Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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