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Bach: Cantatas Vol 13 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 11/21/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1041   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin BlazePeter KooyYukari NonoshitaGerd Türk,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium JapanConcerto Palatino Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach Collegium Japan’s stimulating survey of the composer’s sacred cantatas continues with a 13th volume. It contains three works which Bach performed during the Trinity season of his first year at Leipzig (1723), another, BWV 64, which was first heard during the Christmas festival of the same year, and the presumably fragmentary chorus in eight vocal parts with brass, timpani, woodwind and strings, ‘Nun ist das Heil’ (BWV 50). This release is well up to the high standards of past issues. Among the many enjoyable features of the performances are the fresh-sounding upper strands of the 16-voice choir, the sensitive and mainly secure instrumental playing and the excellence of the soloists. Perhaps the choral tenors and basses occasionally Read more lack clarity – I felt this in the darkly coloured opening movement of BWV 25 – but they spring to life both in the mighty torso of the Michaelmas ‘Nun ist das Heil’ and in the splendid double-fugal chorus which provides the focal point of BWV 69a. It is perhaps worth noting that the solo alto line in this volume of the series, at least, is shared between a countertenor (BWV 64) and a female alto. Countertenors, however accomplished, do not always provide convincing results in Bach’s music, and a woman’s voice of a boyish character, such as that heard here, can offer greater expressive satisfaction. Recorded sound is clear and vivid, but the bass aria of BWV 25 is wrongly attributed, both on the box and in the booklet, to a tenor. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sehet, welch eine Liebe, BWV 64 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Peter Kooy (Bass), Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Es ist nichts Gesundes an meinem Leibe, BWV 25 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerd Türk (Tenor), Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor), Yoshie Hida (Soprano),
Kirsten Sollek (Alto)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Du sollst Gott, deinen Herren Lieben, BWV 77 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yoshie Hida (Soprano), Kirsten Sollek (Alto), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, BWV 50 [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1723; ?Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 

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