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Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 40 - Bwv 79, 137, 164 & 168

Bach,J.s. / Nonoshita / Blaze / Sakurada / Suzuki
Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1671   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Natsumi WakamatsuYukari NonoshitaRobin BlazeMakoto Sakurada
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The four cantatas on this recording are dated 1725, a year during which Bach appears to have devoted himself less regularly than previously to the writing of cantatas. Whatever the reason might have been for this, the cantatas that he did compose are far from being routine affairs. Lobe den Herren (Praise to the Lord), BWV 137, is a case in point: in it Bach includes the original text of the famous hymn, and also uses the familiar melody in all five movements to a greater or lesser degree. To impose such limitations must have been a challenge to himself as a composer, and the imagination and technical skill with which he fulfilled his task are striking. Another impressive moment is the opening movement of Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, Read more BWV79. This was written for the Feast of the Reformation, and with its horns and timpani it conveys a festive magnificence suitable to the occasion. The remaining two cantatas are both associated with a biblical allegory. In the case of BWV 168, the parable of the Dishonest Steward gives Bach the opportunity of composing a thunderous demand for a reckoning of accounts in the opening bass aria Tue Rechnung!, as well as letting the tenor sing about interest and capital in the most beguiling manner in the aria Kapital und Interessen. BWV164 on the other hand deals with the parable of the Good Samaritan, with the expressive alto aria Nur durch Lieb und durch Erbarmen... ('Only through love and through pity') providing an emotional centre, with its accompaniment of two flutes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lobe den Herrn, den mächtigen König der Ehren, BWV 137 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Natsumi Wakamatsu (Violin), Yukari Nonoshita (), Robin Blaze (),
Makoto Sakurada ()
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2007 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Ja 
Length: 12 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (), Makoto Sakurada ()
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2007 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Ja 
Length: 12 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (), Yukari Nonoshita ()
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2007 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Ja 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet, BWV 164 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Makoto Sakurada (), Robin Blaze (), Yukari Nonoshita ()
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2007 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Ja 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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