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Bach: Cantatas Vol 22 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists


Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog #: 128   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel TaylorJames GilchristStephen VarcoeAngharad Gruffydd Jones,   ... 
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

Easter 2000 had strong historical resonances for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's cantata pilgrims, as these outstanding works were performed in St George's, Eisenach, where Bach was baptised, and only a stone's throw from Wartburg Castle where Luther completed his New Testament translations.

One can only guess what inspired an unusually visceral reading of Christ lag in Todesbanden (arguably Bach's first great creation), with a plethora of extremes from the Monteverdi Choir. One might quibble with moments where orchestral gestures are a little exaggerated but this is a performance where the sinuous lines and the momentum of liturgical ritual allow Luther's great hymn to take us tantalisingly to the brink of Christ's victory.
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The Easter cantatas receive some ebullient readings. Etfreut euch boasts one of Bach's longest choral movements and the composer (and Gardiner) demands vigilance from his virtuoso ensemble, whose roulades of quicksilver scales shed all the fear of the preceding weeks. Despite a few uncertainties in the chromatic solos of the middle section, this is a powerful account whose spiritual core is found in the central recitative-duet between the allegorical characters Hope and Fear.

The presence of James Gilchrist in any Bach recording raises the stakes and his singing in the little-known pearl Ein Herz is an infectious display of the new believer's ecstatic joy, expressed disarmingly in his first aria and reinforced in the duet with alto "Wir danken and preisen".

This latest volume continues to present the riches of the Pilgrimage with admirable consistency; rough edges aside, there is a unique sense of exploration and devotion to the music which comes from the palpable adrenalin of live performance in an oeuvre which has, historically, been studio-bound. Bleib' bei tins, with its strong St John Passion undertones, is an embodiment of the best in the millennial journey and receives one of the most concentrated and telling performances on disc.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [5/2007]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen, BWV 145 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass),
Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano), Gillian Keith (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano), Gillian Keith (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Bass),
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano), Gillian Keith (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, entweichet ihr Schmerzen, es lebet der Heiland, BWV 66 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Gillian Keith (Soprano),
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Gillian Keith (Soprano),
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Stephen Varcoe (Bass), James Gilchrist (Tenor), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor),
Gillian Keith (Soprano), Angharad Gruffydd Jones (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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