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Bach: Sacred Cantatas For Soprano / Thornhill, Muller-Bruhl


Release Date: 12/15/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570453   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siri Thornhill
Conductor:  Helmut Muller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber OrchestraCologne Bach Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Sacred Cantatas for Soprano: No. 51; No. 52; 1 No. 84; 1 No. 199 Siri Thornhill (sop); Helmut Müller-Brühl (cond); Cologne Bach Vocal Ens; 1 Cologne CO NAXOS 8.570453 (70:36)


Four of Bach’s sacred cantatas for solo soprano have survived, but this is the first time all four have come to me on a single disc. BWV 51, with Read more its obbligato trumpet and blistering Alleluia, is one of the most popular of all the cantatas, but the richly emotional No. 199 and No. 84, with its theme of modest contentment, have also benefited from multiple recordings. Cantata 52, despite its rousing sinfonia (from the first Brandenburg Concerto ), has received less attention. All now have a bright new advocate in the English-born, Norwegian soprano Siri Karoline Thornhill. Thornhill, who studied in the Netherlands with Elly Ameling and Ton Koopman, among others, has assembled an impressive résumé, including, significantly, appearances with Philippe Herreweghe and Sigiswald Kuijken, for whom she has recorded a number of Bach cantatas on the Accent label. The present disc reveals an appealing vocal quality—clean, agile, superbly controlled, secure throughout the range—serving an appropriate understanding of the texts. She hits a couple of bumps navigating the rapids of Cantata 51, but she has a lot of high-powered company in that respect, and emerges relatively unscathed. Emma Kirkby’s miraculous version with Gardiner remains the benchmark for Cantata 51, but in the other cantatas Thornhill holds her own with the best of the rest. The ever-dependable and increasingly indispensible Helmut Müller-Brühl provides the necessary support. No texts or translations are provided, but otherwise this is a most desirable addition to Naxos’s growing vocal Bach catalog.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Falsche Welt, dir trau' ich nicht, BWV 52 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siri Thornhill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmut Muller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Bach Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, das mir der liebe Gott beschert, BWV 84 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siri Thornhill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmut Muller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Bach Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siri Thornhill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmut Muller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Bach Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Siri Thornhill (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmut Muller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Bach Chorus
Written: 1730 

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