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Cantata - Yet Can I Hear / Mehta, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin


Release Date: 03/16/2018 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186669  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian BachMelchior HoffmannAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Bejun Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album contains a selection of solo cantatas, both secular and sacred, from the Italian, German, and English traditions. Including works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach in settings large and small, with obbligato instruments ranging from oboe to chimes, the magnificent cantatas on this album create a portrait of this intimately transcendent repertoire. With ‘Cantata; yet can I hear…,’ the American countertenor Bejun Mehta releases his first album on Pentatone. Hailed as “arguably the best countertenor in the world today” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mehta here joins forces with the players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, one of the most renowned early music ensembles of today. Mehta writes: “This is by far the most personal Read more recording I have ever made. Unlike Lieder, which as miniatures often work their magic in impressionistic ways, or opera, which unleashes human passions to their largest and most raw expression, solo cantatas lie in the middle and take the singer on a highly specific conversation with himself as he grapples with the subject at hand.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mi palpita il cor, HWV 132c by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
2.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, funeral cantata for voice, bells, strings & continuo (formerly BWV by Melchior Hoffmann
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1716 
4.
Siete rose ruggiadose, HWV 162 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
5.
Pianti, sospiri, RV 676 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Ach, dass ich Wassers genug hätte by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Chandos Anthems: no 5b, I will magnify Thee, HWV 250b by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
8.
The choice of Hercules, HWV 69: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bejun Mehta (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743 

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