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Bach: Cantatas / Coin, Scholl, Pregardien, Schlick, Schwarz

Bach,J.s. / Schlick / Scholl / Pregardien
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30509   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph PrégardienBarbara SchlickAndreas SchollChristophe Coin,   ... 
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque EnsembleLeipzig Concerto VocaleAccentus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Included in this set:

Bach: Cantatas BWV 85, 183, 175, 199 / Schlick, Scholl, Prégardien, Coin


This is a most welcome reissue. Originally released in 1995 on Auvidis/Astrée, it brings together a group of exceptional vocalists and Baroque instrumentalists to create unmatched performances of these solo-voice cantatas that also call for the uniquely warm and beautiful voice of the five-string violoncello piccolo. Director/cellist Christophe Coin knowingly, sensitively sets his
Read more tempos and offers gorgeous solo passagework that ideally complements the voices--exemplified in his "duet" with soprano Barbara Schlick in the Chorale of BWV 199, one of Bach's loveliest solo-voice/obbligato-instrument creations. Schlick's voice always seems perfect for Bach--its clear timbre and gently quivery vibrato combines with an underlying plaintive quality that affectingly embodies the deep religious themes in Bach's cantatas. The other soloists here are equally superb, notably a young(er), golden-voiced Andreas Scholl.

These are performances in which everything comes together in service of the music--not only its meaning but its inherent beauty, which these performers happily exploit to the fullest. And there also are nice touches, such as the use of the recording venue's Silbermann organ for the continuo--and the delightful appearance of what sounds like a cymbelstern stop at the conclusion of the chorale that closes the disc (from BWV 175). An essential acquisition for any serious Bach collection!

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Bach: Cantatas BWV 180, 49, 115 / Schlick, Scholl, Prégardien, Coin

Those who missed Christophe Coin's three earlier recordings for Astrée devoted to Bach's cantatas featuring arias with prominent violoncello piccolo accompaniment will delight in this generous mid-price reissue of the first volume. The performances are all remarkably good, owing to Coin's incisive direction and virtuoso violoncello piccolo playing as well as to the stellar cast of Baroque specialist vocalists in their youthful prime--two of whom, Andreas Scholl and Christoph Prégardien, eventually would sign with major labels and achieve international acclaim. Barbara Schlick already had recorded with the Musica Antiqua Köln on Archiv and with the Concentus Musicus Wien on Teldec.

While the three cantatas offered are among Bach's least familiar, they include many elements that typify the master's command of the form. For example, the opening work, BWV 180 "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele" (Deck yourself, my soul, with gladness), begins with a stately chorale whose seriousness is playfully undermined by lighthearted flute and oboe dialogues. Pregardien's dramatic second-movement aria also is brilliantly heightened by an engaging, rhythmically charged continuo of violoncello piccolo and obbligato flute. Likewise Coin augments the feeling of disparity in Schlick's lovely fifth-movement aria by complementing Bach's underlying rhythmic fabric with momentum shifts at important junctures. Incidentally, for all of these performances Coin has boldly chosen to eschew the usual (and admittedly more orthodox) small chest organ in favor of the full-bodied 1737 Silbermann instrument at the recording's venue--the Ponitz village church in Thuringia, Germany. While this certainly heightens the impact of the arias and chorales, the recitatives benefit most.

Astrée's sound is gorgeous--warmly reverberant though never at the expense of clarity or detail. You simply can't go wrong here.

– John Greene, ClassicsToday.com

Bach: Cantatas BWV 41, 6, 68 / Schlick, Scholl, Prégardien, Coin

The three cantatas are Leipzig compositions dating from 1725. No. 41 is a New Year piece, No. 6 an Easter one, while No. 68 was written for Whitsun. Though belonging to the same year, these cantatas nevertheless are varied in structure, only No. 41 adhering to that unifying thematic pattern which was such a distinctive feature of the chorale-based works of the 1724-5 annual cycle. Any pleasure in the performances on the first disc of the series (2/95) has remained constant but, mainly because of inadequate trumpet playing, my enthusiasm for the second (12/95) was muted. The present disc happily finds these artists back on almost consistently good form. I say 'almost' since I still cannot summon up a great deal of enthusiasm for the playing of the trumpets — In No. 41 there are three of them, misleadingly referred to as trombones in the tracklisting. But the many illuminating features of Coin's lively direction elsewhere ensure a high level of enjoyment; and his own violoncello piccolo solos convey the poetry of the music with wonderfully intuitive expression and grateful gesture.

The four vocal soloists — the same group features on each of the discs — are outstanding. Barbara Schlick sounds more at ease in this company that she has done on recent Bach cantata recordings with Ton Koopman. Her lyrical 6/8 aria in No. 41 comes over especially well, thought also enjoyed her celebrated aria, "Mein glaubiges Herze" ("My heart ever faithful") in No. 68 for a radiance surpassed only perhaps by Agnes Giebel in a recording made with Fritz Werner over 30 years ago and, as I write, happily reissued on CD (to be reviewed next month). Andreas Scholl has no rival that I can think of in this repertoire and his aria in No. 6 — alas the only one for him in this programme — is eloquently sung. Christoph Pregardien is admirable in his music, conveying the optimism of his G minor aria (Cantata No. 6) with warmth and declamatory fervour. Like Scholl, Gotthold Schwarz has only one aria (No. 68)— but what an aria. Bach had first introduced it to his hunting cantata Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! (No. 208) at Weimar. In that piece it is allotted to Pan, god of flocks. This radiant, dance-like movement is accompanied by two oboes and an oboe da caccia and is very often taken at a miserably laboured pace. Under Coin's direction, though, it trips along as briskly as I can ever recall having heard it; my only reservation concerns balance for it seemed that Schwarz's vocal presence was a little underpowered, a feeling that I had elsewhere on the disc and which owes more to the engineer's balance than to features of the performances themselves.

The small choir sound well, on the whole, though again they do not always make their presence sufficiently felt. The opening chorus of No. 6, Schweitzer's "masterpiece of poetry in music", is handled with extraordinary sensibility by Coin, who brings out details in Bach's scoring, such as the throbbing quavers of the upper and middle string parts, with loving tenderness. This gentleness of approach, together with a close identity and warm rapport with Bach's kaleidoscopic tonal palette, are virtues common to all three discs and sterling qualities, furthermore, that will survive the fickleness of changing fashion. And what is so refreshing is the absence of intrusive mannerism. There are no empty gestures here, just total absorption in the music, and a disarming humility. A release of great distinction."

– Gramophone [5/1996]

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Works on This Recording

1. Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Christophe Coin (Cello), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
2. Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen und führet sie hinaus, BWV 175 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Ich bin ein guter Hirt, BWV 85 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, BWV 183 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Christophe Coin (Cello)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
5. Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, BWV 41 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Accentus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden, BWV 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gotthold Schwarz (Bass), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Accentus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
7. Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt, BWV 68 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Accentus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
8. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, lass die dunkle Sünden höhle, komm an's helle Licht gegangen, BWV 180 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
9. Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Christophe Coin (Cello), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
10. Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christophe Coin (Cello), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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