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Bach: Advent & Christmas Cantatas / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent

Bach,J.s. / Collegium Vocale / Herreweghe
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 5908369  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sibylla RubensPeter KooyChristoph PrégardienSarah Connolly,   ... 
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Philippe Herreweghe has always seemed well-attuned to the more mystical aspects of Bach’s music, an empathy clearly evident on his new CD of Advent cantatas. Though the opening chorus of BWV 36 seems a touch reserved, those of BWV 61 and 62 match precision with vigour, and Herreweghe’s team of soloists are in fine voice throughout. BWV 36 is a parody, based on an earlier tribute to a local teacher. Bach retained his original music for the arias, but replaced the recitatives with chorales, so the cantata alternates delightfully between dance movements and more formal hymn settings. (An even more dramatic juxtaposition occurs in the opening movement of BWV 61, a sacred cantata from the outset, where Bach sets the traditional chorale Read more melody within a fashionable French overture.)" -- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing Cantatas 36, 61, and 62, HM 901605]

"...Such rich and poignant emotions are well served by Herreweghe's restrained but luminous approach to Bach's cantatas. Best is Sarah Connolly's moving performance of the aria `Ach herr, was ist ein Menschenkind' from Cantata 110..." -- American Record Guide [reviewing Cantatas 57, 110, and 122, HM 901594]

"[T]he three cantatas...Herreweghe's authoritative stamp, from the perfectly managed choral flourishes to the finer detail of arias such as BWV 91's "Die Armut, so Gott auf sich nimmt", with its incessant skipping string figures balanced against the soprano and alto's earnest vocal exhortations. No matter how you cut it, this is a treasurable collection..." -- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com [11/8/2003, reviewing Cantatas 91, 121, and 133, HM 901781]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Peter Kooy (Bass), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sibylla Rubens (Soprano), Peter Kooy (Bass), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Sibylla Rubens (Soprano),
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Selig ist der Mann, der die Anfechtung erdulet, BWV 57 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Vasiljka Jezovsek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Written: 1725 
5.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 91 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Dorothee Mields (Soprano), Ingeborg Danz (Alto),
Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, BWV 110 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Kooy (Bass), Vasiljka Jezovsek (Soprano),
Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Dorothee Mields (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Das neugeborne Kindelein, BWV 122 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Kooy (Bass), Vasiljka Jezovsek (Soprano),
Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Ich freue mich in dir, BWV 133 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Kooy (Bass), Dorothee Mields (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto)
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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