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Bach: Secular Cantatas, Vol. 10: Cantatas of Contentment / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

Release Date: 09/07/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 351  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn SampsonRobin BlazeMakoto SakuradaDominik Wörner
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium JapanBach Collegium Japan Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert von Bahr, CEO of BIS Records, writes of this release: “When we finished the Bach Sacred Cantatas there was an emptiness with us all participants, which was - partly - alleviated by the fact that there were several records of secular Cantatas still to be recorded. And now we are at the bitter end of those as well, and there are no more Bach Cantatas to be recorded. After 23 years of a steady diet of Bach Cantatas, to be without them is brutal and cruel. All the better, then, that we have finished on a high point. Carolyn Sampson’s singing in the solo cantata BWV 204 beggars belief - it is as close to Heaven one can hope to come on this Earth. Big words, and yet too small for what she does. This is the crowning glory of a series that Read more has transformed my life and given me so much more fulfillment that I could possibly have hoped for. Thank you, Masaaki and your faithful BCJ, for creating a musical treasure possible to be treasured by a grateful mankind.”



This issue completes one of the great modern recording odysseys, being the final disc of complete surviving secular cantatas from Bach Collegium Japan. The Bach Collegium Japan sing and play as satisfyingly as they have done since their foundation in 1990 and the hero of the disc, as ever, is Masaaki Suzuki. His sense of the tempo giusto in this music is unerring, and his response to the sprightly dance measures is always infectious.

– MusicWeb International

We celebrate here, as always, many of Suzuki’s finest qualities of expressive lucidity, unforced coherence, and the quiet nobility of one serving the music as the most natural of reflexes.

Carolyn Sampson’s ever-inspiring contributions close the project with Ich bin in mir vernügt, a little-known solo soprano cantata compared to the Nos 51, 199, and 210s of this world. Just when one thought it impossible to hear Bach sung any better than in her recent performance of No 105 (arr. Schumann—Ondine, 8/18), she brings an Arcadian coloration to ‘Meine Seele sei vernügt’, placing her among the finest exponents on record of this composer’s peerlessly demanding soprano-writing.

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Works on This Recording

Angenehmes Wiederau, freue dich, BWV 30a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Dominik Wörner (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Bach Collegium Japan Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Leipzig, Germany 
Ich bin in mir vergnügt, BWV 204 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Bach Collegium Japan Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1727; Leipzig, Germany 

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