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Bach Secular Cantatas, Vol. 5: Birthday Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2161   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masamitsu San'nomiyaNatsumi Wakamatsu
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Continuing their exploration of Bach’s vocal music, Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have now reached the fifth volume of secular cantatas, with the previous instalment being ‘urgently recommended’ by the reviewer in Fanfare, and its contents described as ‘unusually colourful and vivid performances, even by the standards so far set by Suzuki’s Collegium Japan’ (International Record Review). Both cantatas on the present disc were first performed in 1733 by Bach and his Collegium Musicum at public concerts in Leipzig. They were also part of what almost appears to have been a campaign by Bach to be appointed Court Composer by the Saxon Prince-Elector Friedrich August II, something which took place three years later. Lasst uns sorgen, Read more lasst uns wachen, BWV?213, also known as Hercules at the crossroads, was composed for the 11th birthday of the Prince-Elector’s oldest son, and Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV?214 in a similar manner celebrated the birthday two months later of his wife, Maria Josepha of Saxony. Both works are so-called ’dramma per musica’, in which the vocal soloists are embodying dramatic characters – in the present cantatas these are taken from Greek mythology. Needless to say, Bach rose to the festive occasions, deploying trumpets and timpani (as implied in the title of BWV 214) and horns (in BWV 213) to great effect. A year later, he would reuse much of the music from the two cantatas in a similarly jubilant but otherwise quite different context – admirers of the Christmas Oratorio will for instance recognize the opening chorus of that work (Jauchzet, frohlocket) in the first movement of BWV 214 as well as the celebrated alto aria Bereite dich, Zion as an artfully transformed version of Hercules brusque rejection of Wohlust (Lust) in the ninth movement of BWV 213.

Reviews:

Lithe choral singing, balletic rhythms, and a detailed yet transparent sound. Joanne Lunn is agile and fleet as the goddess of War…Robin Blaze is lyrical as the goddess Pallas…Makoto Sakurada's lucid tenor is particularly effective in the rhetorical and declamatory recitatives, while bass Dominik Wörner paints the words to vivid effect.

– BBC Music Magazine

The choruses exhibit buoyancy as well as beautifully rich and balanced recorded sound. The challenge to modern ears remains the super-'historical' brass, bravely played on instruments without the modern corrective of tuning holes. The effect is something of a double-edged sword in weighing up the beauties of 'authentic' timbre and our expectation these days to hear music 'in tune'.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hercules auf dem Scheidewege, BWV 213 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe), Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe d'amore), Natsumi Wakamatsu (Violin)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2014/10/2014 
Venue:  The Saitama Arts Theater Concert Hall, J 
Length: 44 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet Trompeten!, BWV 214 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe), Masamitsu San'nomiya (Oboe d'amore), Natsumi Wakamatsu (Violin)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2014/10/2014 
Venue:  The Saitama Arts Theater Concert Hall, J 
Length: 23 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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