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Bach: Cantatas Vol 4 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 01/21/1997 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 801   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori SuzukiAkira TachikawaAki YanagisawaMakoto Sakurada,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this fourth volume of the Bach Collegium Japan's Bach cantata series we encounter one of the composer's most esteemed and frequently recorded works: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut BWV 199. Of course, this begs the question, "How does it compare with so many other great previous recordings of the piece?" The answer is: very well. Soprano Midori Suzuki possesses a fine voice with a clear, light top that easily manages the wide range of expression Bach requires. While smaller-scaled than most, her rendering of the difficult fourth-movement aria "Tief gebückt und voller Reue" is as fluid as any, with every lengthy phrase beautifully sustained. Likewise in the joyous final aria "Wie freudig ist mein Herz" her Read more voice romps with wonderful zeal and vigor. Those expecting a more full-bodied treatment of this aria (Stader, Zylis-Gara, or even Ameling or Auger she ain't) may be disappointed, though given Suzuki's lighter, more youthful-sounding timbre, her rendering arguably characterizes the subject more convincingly.

While lesser-known, the remaining cantatas--BWV 163, 165, and 185--receive equally heartfelt performances. Although I was initially disappointed at the absence of countertenor Yoshikazu Mera on this volume, the return of Akira Tachikawa (who sang two brief arias on Volume 1) put to rest any doubts as to the continued excellence of the solo singing. Though marginally whiter in tone compared to Mera, Tachikawa is a very capable singer, shown most notably here in his two duets with soprano Aki Yanagisawa in BWV 163.


Repeated listening to these performances not only substantiates Masaaki Suzuki's brilliance as a Bach conductor and confirms the expertise of his team of instrumentalists and vocalists, but also demonstrates the virtues of the Shoin Women's University Chapel as a recording venue, advantageously exploited by BIS's superior engineering team. As with the previous volumes, this is a set that no serious Bach enthusiast should miss.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
O heiliges Geist- und Wasserbad, das Gottes Reich uns einverliebet, BWV 165 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Akira Tachikawa (Alto), Aki Yanagisawa (Soprano), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Akira Tachikawa (Alto), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass),
Makoto Sakurada (Tenor)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Aki Yanagisawa (Soprano), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Akira Tachikawa (Alto)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Cöthen, Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Aria: Stumme Seufzer, stille Klagen (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Doch Gott muss mir genadig sein (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Aria: Tief gebuckt und voller Reue (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Auf diese Schmerzensreu (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Chorale: Ich, dein betrubtes Kind
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Recitative: Ich lege mich in diese Wunden (Soprano)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: Aria: Wie freudig ist mein Herz (Soprano)
O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165: Aria: O heiliges Geist (Soprano)
O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165: Recitative: Die sundige Geburt verdammter Adams Erben (Bass)
O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165: Aria: Jesu, der aus grosser Liebe (Alto)
O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165: Recitative: Ich habe ja (Bass)
O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165: Aria: Jesu, meines Todes Tod (Tenor)
O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad, BWV 165: Chorale: Sein Wort, sein Tauf, sein Nachtmahl
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185: Duet Aria: Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe (Soprano, Tenor)
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185: Recitative: Ihr Herzen, die ihr euch (Alto)
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185: Aria: Sei bemuht in dieser Zeit (Alto)
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185: Recitative: Die Eigenliebe schmeichelt sich! (Bass)
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185: Aria: Das ist der Christen Kunst (Bass)
Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185: Chorale: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163: Aria: Nur jedem das Seine! (Tenor)
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163: Recitative: Du bist, mein Gott (Bass)
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163: Aria: Lass mein Herz die Munze sein (Bass)
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163: Recitative duet: Ich wollte dir (Soprano, Alto)
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163: Duet Aria : Nimm mich mir und gib mich dir! (Soprano, Alto)
Nur jedem das Seine, BWV 163: Chorale: Fuhr auch mein Herz und Sinn

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