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Bach: Cantatas for Soprano / Sampson, Mullejans, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra


Release Date: 05/26/2017 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902252  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn SampsonAndreas Wolf
Conductor:  Petra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For his biographer Philipp Spitta, Bach's period as organist and later Konzertmeister to the Duke of Weimar (1708-17) was the time of his ‘early mastery’. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small but highly distinguished body of cantatas he wrote there, whether for the court chapel – the Himmelsburg or ‘Castle of Heaven’ – or for some clearly very joyful wedding (BWV 202). From the ravishing duets for soprano and oboe of the latter to the penitential strains of BWV 199, the radiant voice of Carolyn Sampson and the virtuosos of the Freiburger Barockorchester do full justice to the composer’s infinite variety. For his biographer Philipp Spitta, Bach's period as organist and later Konzertmeister to the Duke of Weimar (1708-17) was the time of his ‘early mastery’. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small but highly distinguished body of cantatas he wrote there, whether for the court chapel – the Himmelsburg or ‘Castle of Heaven’ – or for some clearly very joyful wedding (BWV 202). From the ravishing duets for soprano and oboe of the latter to the penitential strains of BWV 199, the radiant voice of Carolyn Sampson and the virtuosos of the Freiburger Barockorchester do full justice to the composer’s infinite variety. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 "Wedding Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Petra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1718-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn, BWV 152 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Andreas Wolf (Bass)
Conductor:  Petra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Petra Müllejans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review September 3, 2017 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "This recording of three Bach cantatas for soprano (including the well known and often recorded Wedding Cantata, BWV202)) by Carolyn Sampson and the Freiburger Barcokorchester has been hailed by quite a few reviewers. It received the highest honours (i.e. Diapason d’Or) from the French magazine Diapason (#659 – 07/2017) and a similar recognition from BBC Music Magazine (5 stars) plus a mention as recording of the month. It was also well appreciated by Adrian Horsewood of Early Music Magazine: “The crystalline beauty of Sampson’s voice makes it the ideal instrument for the wondrous language of ‘Weichet nur’ (BWV202)…” (5 stars). The recording was similarly praised in the July issue of Gramophone (07/2017) under the pen of Jonathan Freeman-Atwood and received positive comments in American Record Guide. The only negative comments were expressed by Gaetan Naulleau in the French magazine Classica (#193 – 06/2017). He essentially criticized the Freiburger Barcokorchetser. Globally we have surveyed 12 reviews (8 of them appeared in the printed press and 4 were posted on webzines). All these reviews may be consulted simply by searching with the following criteria: classicalacarte + ID602." Report Abuse
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