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Bach: Cantatas No 54 & 170, Concerto Bwv 1060 / Lamon, Tafelmusik


Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29878   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel TaylorJohn Abberger
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Cantatas: No. 54; No. 170. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b. 1 Concerto in C for Oboe and Violin 2 Daniel Taylor (ct); Jeanne Lamon 1,2 (vn, cond); 2 John Abberger (ob); Tafelmusik Baroque O (period instruments) ANALEKTA AN 2 9878 (68:46 Text and Translation)


Would you Read more believe that Daniel Taylor has soloed more often in Bach cantata recordings than James Bowman and Andreas Scholl combined? I can’t state that as an unequivocal fact, though I can infer it from my own collection, in which Taylor’s name appears decisively more often than Bowman’s and Scholl’s (with Jochen Kowalski thrown in for good measure). Yet solo cantatas for the alto voice have been recorded by Scholl eight times (including BWV 54 twice), by Bowman three times, and by Kowalski six. But, to the best of my knowledge, these are Taylor’s first solo cantatas. He is hardly unknown, having recorded extensively with John Eliot Gardiner as well as with Philippe Herreweghe, Masaaki Suzuki, and others. What’s taken so long? Clearly Taylor knows the idiom, and these two performances leave little to be desired. Taylor is in excellent voice, and he sings with feeling. He has the expert support of Jeanne Lamon and her Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Lamon and Tafelmusik also have half of the disc to themselves, playing two reconstructed orchestral favorites. The oboe-and-violin concerto is well established, undoubtedly more familiar than the extant two-harpsichord concerto (BWV 1060) from which it is derived. Lamon is outstanding in the violin part. Oboist John Abberger hasn’t quite the polish of a Heinz Holliger or a Marcel Ponseele, but he partners well with Lamon in a strong, satisfying performance. The B-Minor Suite is the program’s surprise. It is the second orchestral suite with the solo part assigned to the violin rather than to the flute. Recent research has determined that the extant scoring for flute may not be Bach’s original intent. Expect a rash of recordings with new protagonists. Lamon here makes a convincing case for the violin. Overall, this is a most rewarding release and is warmly recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Abberger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 

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