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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Cantatas

Bach / Max / Schlick / Schubert / Kleine Konzert
Release Date: 05/31/2011 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 5083  
Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Wilfried JochensStephan SchreckenbergerClaudia SchubertBarbara Schlick
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische KantoreiDas Kleine Konzert
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



W. F. BACH Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste. Dies ist der Tag. Erzittert und fallet Hermann Max, cond; Barbara Schlick (sop); Claudia Schubert (alt); Wilfried Jochens (ten); Stephan Schreckenberger (bs); Rheinish Cantorei; Kleine Konzert CAPRICCIO 5083 (2 CDs: 113:36 Text and Translation)


This budget-priced set is a rerelease of recordings made in 1991, not previously reviewed in Read more style="font-style:italic">Fanfare . In the order listed in the header, these four cantatas were composed for the following festal days in the liturgical church calendar: the Third Sunday in Advent, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, Pentecost, and Easter Sunday. All stem from the time of the younger Bach’s increasingly fractious and unhappy years as director of music in Halle, which spanned 1747 to 1764. The first of these is definitely known to have been written in 1749; the dates for the others are less certain, but stem from the mid to late 1750s.


Briefly, if you love the music of the father, grab these cantatas by the son, for in terms of compositional style the apple here did not fall far from the tree. While the textures are somewhat leaner—employing less counterpoint and fewer fugal passages, reflecting the first stages of the shift toward the Classical style of the late 18th century—the similarities are more marked than the differences. In addition to the high quality of the music, on a par with any other masterpieces of the late Baroque, these are superb performances, rendered with the vigor, spirit, and polish for which Hermann Max and his forces are justly famed. The choir sings with crystalline clarity of tone and diction and exemplary balance, while the orchestra crackles with verve and precision. Finally, there are the exemplary soloists: a soprano who is a byword for excellence in Baroque repertoire, a rich but not matronly alto, a Baroque tenor with more body and depth to his voice than most, and a bass who is a tad less distinguished than his colleagues in plushness of vocal timbre but still first-rate. The recorded sound is crisp and clear, balanced with the soloists more to the foreground, the orchestra to the back, and the chorus in between. The booklet provides notes and texts in German and English. Urgently recommended, and a bargain to boot.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1. Lasset uns ablegen die Werke der Finsternis, F 80 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Wilfried Jochens (Tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Claudia Schubert (Alto)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1749; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen 
Length: 29 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Es ist eine Stimme eines Predigers in der Wüste, F 89 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudia Schubert (Alto), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Wilfried Jochens (Tenor),
Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinische Kantorei,  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal-Barmen 
Length: 23 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Sinfonia in D major, F 64 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert,  Rheinische Kantorei
Period: Classical 
Written: 1746-1764; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
4. Dies ist der Tag, F 85 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Claudia Schubert (Alto), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Barbara Schlick (Soprano),
Wilfried Jochens (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 
5. Erzittert und fallet, F 83 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Stephan Schreckenberger (Bass), Claudia Schubert (Alto),
Wilfried Jochens (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hermann Max
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Kleine Konzert,  Rheinische Kantorei
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1991 

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