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Bach: Advent Cantatas / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale


Release Date: 10/14/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 951605   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sibylla RubensChristoph PrégardienPeter KooySarah Connolly
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Philippe Herreweghe has always seemed well-attuned to the more mystical aspects of Bach’s music, an empathy clearly evident on his new CD of Advent cantatas. Though the opening chorus of BWV 36 seems a touch reserved, those of BWV 61 and 62 match precision with vigour, and Herreweghe’s team of soloists are in fine voice throughout. BWV 36 is a parody, based on an earlier tribute to a local teacher. Bach retained his original music for the arias, but replaced the recitatives with chorales, so the cantata alternates delightfully between dance movements and more formal hymn settings. (An even more dramatic juxtaposition occurs in the opening movement of BWV 61, a sacred cantata from the outset, where Bach sets the traditional chorale melody Read more within a fashionable French overture.)

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Language: German 
2.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Peter Kooy (Bass), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Language: German 
3.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Sarah Connolly (Alto),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1996 
Language: German 

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