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Jesu Meine Freude - Bach / Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort


Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1440   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vincent Van Laar
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Praeludium , BWV 548. Sehet welch eine Liebe , BWV 64. Jesu meine Freude , BWV 713. Jesu meine Freude , BWV 227. Jesus schläft , BWV 81. Fuge , BWV 548 Pieter-Jan Belder, dir; Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam; Musica Amphion Read more class="ARIAL12"> ET’CETERA KTC 1440 (72:46 Text and Translation)


The Prelude and Fugue in E Minor forms a frame, as it did in Bach’s time, around this program, designed to fit the liturgical format that gave Bach’s music its purpose; the Fantasia precedes the motet on which it is based and follows Cantata BWV 64, which quotes the fifth stanza of Johann Franck’s poem “Jesu, meine Freude.” The recording was made in the Arnstadt church where Bach served from 1703 to 1707 (the 1699 organ has recently been restored), but the two cantatas and the motet date from his first year in Leipzig. This impressive presentation, the first in a series called Bach in Context , is a hardbound book of 84 pages. The notes favor Joshua Rifkin’s understanding of one voice to a part in Bach’s vocal/choral music, the use of a harpsichord as well as the church organ (not the more versatile chest organ), and the liturgical context in which the music was originally sung.


The Gesualdo Consort of Amsterdam consists of five singers, the bass Harry van der Kamp being the artistic director. Musica Amphion is a period-instrument ensemble of 16 players, the keyboard player Pieter-Jan Belder being the artistic director along with the first violinist Rémy Baudet. The singers and players capture the spirit of Bach’s church service exquisitely, a task that is made easier by the unified program built around Franck’s poem. If anything is missing, it would be the choral conclusion of each of the major works, which lack weight in these renditions. Bach must have expected the congregation to join in on the familiar chorales. For buyers who appreciate deluxe merchandise, the premium price is not unreasonable, and it makes a more impressive gift than an ordinary CD. The close-up photo of the Arnstadt organ is stunning. “Elegant” is the word for this production, equally worthy to give or to keep.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Vincent Van Laar (Organ)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Johann Sebastian Bach-Kirche, Arnstadt, 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Sehet, welch eine Liebe, BWV 64 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Johann Sebastian Bach-Kirche, Arnstadt, 
Length: 17 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Fantasia super "Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 713 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Written: 1708-20 
Venue:  Johann Sebastian Bach-Kirche, Arnstadt, 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Johann Sebastian Bach-Kirche, Arnstadt, 
Length: 19 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen?, BWV 81 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Johann Sebastian Bach-Kirche, Arnstadt, 
Length: 13 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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