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Bach: Cantatas Bwv 179, 164, 35, 17 / Kuijken, La Petite Bande

Bach / Samann / Noskaiova / Kobow / Demeyere
Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 25305  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra NoskaiováDominik WörnerGerlinde SämannJan Kobow
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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BACH Cantatas: No. 179; No. 35; No. 164; No. 17 Sigiswald Kuijken, cond; Gerlinde Sämann (sop); Petra Noskaiová (alt); Jan Kobow (ten); Dominik Wörner (bar); La Petite Bande (period instruments) ACCENT 25305 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 73:55)


Sigiswald Kuijken’s survey of Read more Bach’s cantatas continues working through the liturgical calendar with cantatas written for the 11th through 14th Sundays after Trinity. These are by turn contemplative and festive compositions, the texts admonishing against such faults as hypocrisy and arrogance. In these performances, at least, there’s a heavy organ presence, counterbalanced by the employment of a vocal quartet rather than fuller choir. This gives the music particular lightness and grace, although the chromatic falls in the opening of BWV 179 would have been more arresting with greater vocal weight. The vocalists in question are spread widely across the soundstage, and are much closer to the microphones than are the instrumentalists. Even so, the performing forces (with one or two instrumentalists to a part) never sound undernourished. George Chien, Fanfare ’s Bach cantata expert, generally prefers a chamber choir in this repertoire, but even he expressed pleasure in the way the first four volumes of this series turned out (“outstanding in every way” were his exact words; see Fanfare 30:5 and 30:6). And as I wrote in my review of two previous installments, in 30:3, this series, beautifully produced (in terms of performance, audio quality, and packaging) if truncated (only 20 volumes are planned) should meet the needs of many Bach cantata devotees.


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Works on This Recording

1. Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei, BWV 179 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Dominik Wörner (Bass), Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano),
Jan Kobow (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet, BWV 164 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Noskaiová (Alto), Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano),
Dominik Wörner (Bass)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Geist und Seele wird verwirret, BWV 35 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano), Dominik Wörner (Bass),
Petra Noskaiová (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich, BWV 17 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jan Kobow (Tenor), Gerlinde Sämann (Soprano), Dominik Wörner (Bass),
Petra Noskaiová (Alto)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 

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