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Bach: Christmas Cantatas / Kuijken, Van Der Crabben, Suh, Genz, Noskaiova

Bach,J.s. / Suh / Noskaiova / Van Der Crabben
Release Date: 11/22/2011 
Label:  Accent   Catalog #: 25314  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph GenzJan Van der CrabbenPetra NoskaiováYeree Suh
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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BACH Cantatas: No. 91; No. 57; No. 151; No. 122 Sigiswald Kuijken, cond; Gerlinde Sämann (sop); Petra Noskaiová (alt); Christoph Genz (tenor); Jan Van der Crabben (bs); La Petite Bande (period instruments) ACCENT ACC 25314 (74:56 Text and Translation)


Here is Volume 14, the latest entry in Sigiswald Kuijken’s series, “Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year.” It’s a Christmas package, which reached me in time for the season, but unfortunately too late for the Read more end-of-year issue. With a half-dozen complete or pending cantata series now on the market, we can’t say that any of these cantatas are hard to come by, but most are available only in the complete sets. Kuijken’s series, unfortunately limited to 20 volumes, is intended to demonstrate the validity of Rifkinesque chamber-sized performances. Crucial to the mission is the vocal quartet, and, again, Kuijken has a good one. There are relatively short opening choruses in Cantatas 91 and 122 and closing chorales in the four cantatas, all confidently executed by the singers. As soloists, tenor Christoph Genz and alto Petra Noskaiová have limited responsibilities—a single aria and a single recitative apiece—all done in fine style. Noskaiová also pairs superbly with soprano Gerlinde Sämann in a duet in BWV 91 that deserves wider exposure. Sämann and bass Jan Van der Crabben have more to do, especially in BWV 57, a dialog cantata. Sämann could be a little more forceful in her second aria in BWV 57, but she is particularly effective in its gentler first aria and in the long opening aria of Cantata 151. Van der Crabben is solid throughout. Kuijken and his Bande are top-notch, as expected.


For listeners who prefer their Bach chamber-style, this should be an automatic selection. For others, it will offer an opportunity to compare and reflect. Recommended either way.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Genz (Tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Petra Noskaiová (Alto),
Yeree Suh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Written: 1725 
2.
Selig ist der Mann, der die Anfechtung erdulet, BWV 57 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Genz (Tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Petra Noskaiová (Alto),
Yeree Suh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Written: 1725 
3.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 91 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Genz (Tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Petra Noskaiová (Alto),
Yeree Suh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Das neugeborne Kindelein, BWV 122 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christoph Genz (Tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (Baritone), Petra Noskaiová (Alto),
Yeree Suh (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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