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Bach: Cantatas Vol 19 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists


Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog #: 115   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul AgnewJulian PodgerKatherine FugeJoanne Lunn,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Eliot Gardiner's "Bach Pilgrimage" has had its rough spots and its brighter moments, this two-disc set being among the latter, owing much to its strong vocal soloists and distinctive, distinguished instrumental playing. Typically, the performances were recorded live, this time in two very fine venues--England's Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, and Romsey Abbey, Hampshire. These six cantatas are primarily vocal soloist vehicles, but they also feature some of Bach's more colorful uses of instruments, including bassoon (the alto/tenor duet in BWV 155), oboe d'amore (BWV 3), recorders (BWV 81), and oboe da caccia (tenor aria in BWV 13), as well as his formidable flair for the dramatic, theatrical, and picturesque, Read more from storms at sea to rushing, cascading water to rising mists, and of course, the matchless musical evocations of pain, grief, longing, and joy.


For the most part, Gardiner eschews personalizing Bach's creations--except for the very slow bass aria in BWV 13, magnificently (and bravely) sung by Gerald Finley, and the odd, overly emphatic chorale singing--and the results are very satisfying, sensibly-paced, carefully balanced interpretations of these rarely heard (and recorded) Epiphany cantatas. As mentioned, the soloists are uniformly fine, and the orchestra, with little rehearsal time during this project, admirably demonstrates its long-standing expertise in Bach and in baroque style. Gardiner apparently felt sorry for the little-used choir, so he added to the concerts the motet Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227, the most difficult of Bach's works in this genre--and interestingly, this is the one spot where more rehearsal would have been beneficial. The "all-about-me" liner notes from Gardiner's journal offer occasional worthwhile insights into his interpretive choices, and the sound is very good, with only occasional audience noise.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Katherine Fuge (Soprano),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano), William Towers (Countertenor), Richard Roberts (Countertenor),
Gerald Finley (Bass), Peter Harvey (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Katherine Fuge (Soprano), William Towers (Countertenor), Paul Agnew (Tenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Richard Roberts (Countertenor), Peter Harvey (Baritone),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Gerald Finley (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen, BWV 13 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Gerald Finley (Bass), Peter Harvey (Baritone),
Paul Agnew (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), William Towers (Countertenor),
Richard Roberts (Countertenor), Katherine Fuge (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, ist der Menschen Leben, BWV 26 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor),
William Towers (Countertenor), Richard Roberts (Countertenor), Gerald Finley (Bass),
Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?, BWV 81 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Richard Roberts (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Gerald Finley (Bass), William Towers (Countertenor),
Peter Harvey (Baritone), Paul Agnew (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BWV 14 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Gerald Finley (Bass),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor), William Towers (Countertenor),
Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Richard Roberts (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerald Finley (Bass), Peter Harvey (Baritone), Paul Agnew (Tenor),
Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Katherine Fuge (Soprano), Richard Roberts (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), William Towers (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 

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