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Bach: Sie Werden Aus Saba Alle Kommen, Etc / Kuijken, Et Al


Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 25304   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth HermansJan KobowJan Van der CrabbenPetra Noskaiová
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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BACH Cantatas: No. 16; No. 153; No. 65; No. 154 Sigiswald Kuijken, cond; Elisabeth Hermans (sop); Petra Noskaiová (alt); Jan Kobow (ten); Jan Van der Crabben (bar); La Petite Bande (period instruments) ACCENT 25304 (61:30 & )

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What our headnote does not tell you is that while all four singers do, indeed, participate in all four cantatas, soprano Hermans has no solo movements at all, singing only in the “choral” movements; alto Noskaiová has no solos in BWV 65. One-to-a-part Bach obviously requires great skill and confidence on the part of the singers, and Kuijken’s quartet responds extremely well on both counts.


This fourth volume in Sigiswald Kuijken’s limited exploration of the Bach cantatas covers the beginning of the calendar year with cantatas for New Year’s Day (No. 16, composed in 1726), Epiphany (No. 65, 1724), and the Sundays following each (Nos. 153 and 154, respectively, both 1724). This, by and large, is a happy time of the church year, and Bach’s music for the two festival days is suitably extroverted, calling for brass (trumpets for New Year’s, corni da caccia for Epiphany) and winds. The Sunday cantatas, more subdued and introspective, provide effective contrast. No. 153, scored for strings only, draws its inspiration from the story of the flight to Egypt. No. 154, for oboe and strings, is probably a parody of an earlier cantata. The Gospel lesson tells of the time when the young Jesus remained in the Temple to question the scholars there while his parents journeyed home, unaware of his absence.


Kuijken’s performances are gratifyingly persuasive, though I must say that the confluence of oboe da caccia and corni da caccia in the tenor aria of Cantata 65 brought back vivid (but not unpleasant) memories of the good old days when no one—including, I suspect, the performers—knew quite what was liable to emerge from the other ends of those “authentic” wind instruments. The recording is outstanding, and the tri-fold, hard paper wallet bears two booklets, one describing the series and the other the immediate disc. For listeners who are curious about the one-to-a-part phenomenon and/or aren’t ready to invest in a complete cantata set, this series will be highly desirable, and this disc no less so. Others should find much to admire here too.


FANFARE: George Chien
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Works on This Recording

1.
Herr Gott, dich loben wir, BWV 16 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Elisabeth Hermans (Soprano), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone),
Petra Noskaiová (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Minims' Church, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 16 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind', BWV 153 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Elisabeth Hermans (Soprano),
Petra Noskaiová (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Minims' Church, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen, BWV 65 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Elisabeth Hermans (Soprano),
Petra Noskaiová (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Minims' Church, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 15 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren, BWV 154 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Elisabeth Hermans (Soprano), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone),
Petra Noskaiová (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2006 
Venue:  Minims' Church, Brussels, Belgium 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 

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