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Bach: Cantatas, Bwv 186, 168, 134 & 54 - Widerstehe Doch Der Sunde

Bach / Hermans / Suh / Thornhill / Genz / Kuijken
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 25317   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Van der CrabbenYeree SuhChristoph Genz
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BACH Cantatas Nos. 186 1 , 168 2 , 134 3 , 54 4 Sigiswald Kuijken, cond; 1 Siri Thornhill, 2 Elisabeth Hermans, 3 Yeree Suh (sop); 1-4 Petra Noskaiová (alt); Read more 1-3 Christoph Genz (ten); 1-3 Jan Van der Crabben (bs); La Petite Bande (period instruments) ACCENT 25317 (70:01 Text and Translation)

Sigiswald Kuijken continues his quest to convince recalcitrant skeptics (such as yours truly) that the only way to sing Bach is with one soloist per part. It’s not going to happen, but he is well on his way to convincing this listener that it is undoubtedly one way to sing Bach. It helps (or should I say it’s essential) to have a strong cohort of soloists to bring to the attempt, and Kuijken has just that. Alto Petra Noskaiová, tenor Christoph Genz; and bass Jan Van der Crabben are Kuijken regulars. Noskaiová, in fact, has sung in all the series discs that have reached my desk; Genz and Van der Crabben are not far behind. All fully justify the maestro’s confidence in them, and Noskaiová rewards him with an outstanding performance in her solo Cantata 54. Kuijken is more adventurous with his sopranos. Siri Thornhill makes her third appearance, this time to good effect. Elisabeth Hermans and Yeree Suh are newcomers, but neither has been given a solo role. Hermans handles her duet in BWV 168 very well; Suh is limited to the closing four-part chorale of No. 134. The excellence of La Petite Bande is a given, and Kuijken’s direction is, as always, impeccable. The program has a catch-all, fill-in-the-blanks aspect. After cantatas 186 and 168, for the seventh and ninth Sundays after Trinity, respectively, Kuijken jumps back to the third day of Easter with No. 134, and further back to Oculi Sunday—in case you didn’t know, the Third Sunday in Lent—for the brief (three-movement) BWV 54. [Note: Another chronology assigns No. 54 to Trinity 9, more fitting for this program.] Kuijken scores again. Warmly recommended.

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Works on This Recording

Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht, BWV 186 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  s'Gravenwezel Castle, Belgium 
Length: 24 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben ()
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Belgium 
Length: 13 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yeree Suh (), Christoph Genz ()
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2009 
Venue:  Academiezaal Sint Truiden, Belgium 
Length: 25 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2012 
Venue:  Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Belgium 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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