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Bach: Himmelskonig, Sei Willkommen - Cantatas, Bwv 70, 9 & 182

Bach, J.s. / Kuijken
Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 25318   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra NoskaiováJan Van der CrabbenGerlinde SamannChristoph Genz
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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BACH Cantatas Nos. 70; 9; 182 Sigiswald Kuijken, cond; Gerlinde Sämann (sop); Petra Noskaiová (alt); Christoph Genz (ten); Jan Van der Crabben (bs); La Petite Bande (period instruments) ACCENT 25318 (70:41 Text and Translation)


This disc features cantatas for, what its title describes as, Trinity-Palmarum , the German Lutheran term for Palm Sunday. My first impression on hearing the disc was that something was Read more missing, and that something, it turned out, was the choir. Of course, that’s my opinion. Others (including Sigiswald Kuijken, obviously) may disagree, but the opening of Cantata 70 (“Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!”) isn’t chamber music; it’s very public music. Bach, in effect, set all those exclamation points to music. I have great admiration for Kuijken’s four soloists, but in this movement they struck me as underwhelming. In truth, the opening chorus lasts just 3.5 minutes, after which Kuijken’s sure directorial hand is unassailable, and his soloists come into their own. Kuijken apparently likes to rotate his sopranos. Gerlinde Sämann rewards his confidence this time. The three lower vocalists are familiar to collectors of this series. All are in top form here, especially bass Jan Van der Crabben. I had no problem with the quartet in the two chorales of BWV 70 or in the opening chorus of Cantata 9, in which they seemed quite at home, but I was less convinced by the choral movements that bring No. 182 to a close. Kuijken’s rationale for undertaking this series was to advocate for Minimalist Bach performance. On the whole, he’s been quite successful. Not this time, but this disc rates a firm thumbs-up nonetheless.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!, BWV 70 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano),
Christoph Genz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Belgium 
Length: 20 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano),
Christoph Genz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1732-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Belgium 
Length: 21 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Himmelskönig sei willkommen, BWV 182 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Gerlinde Samann (Soprano),
Christoph Genz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Predikherenkerk, Leuven, Belgium 
Length: 24 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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