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Bach: Cantatas Vol 50 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 12/13/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1941  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana BlazikovaRobin BlazeGerd TürkPeter Kooy
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Three cantatas from 1729 gathered on the 50th volume of Masaaki Suzuki’s traversal of J.S. Bach’s cantatas testifies to a huge loss to music – along with another six works, they are all that remain of what was probably an entire year’s worth of cantatas, composed by Bach in collaboration with the Leipzig poet Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). Some fifty cantatas from this year are unaccounted for, but on the evidence of those that are still extant, it is still possible to see the outlines of the lost cantata year. Fairly concise, the cantatas generally make sparing use of the choir. Instead they centre on two arias, linked by one or two
Read more recitatives, and a final chorale. In addition, the surviving works contain several examples of parody – movements in which Bach combined Picander’s words with an already existing composition – as well as the reuse of earlier instrumental movements as introductions. A striking example is the opening Sinfonia of BWV 174, where Bach used the first movement of his Third Brandenburg Concerto, adding new parts for three horns and for a tutti section consisting of two violins, viola and three oboes. Another highlight may also be the result of a borrowing – the soprano aria Gottes Engel... from BWV149 is a minuet, complete with the polonaise accents fashionable at the time, and could well have served a secular purpose at another occasion. It is here performed by Hana Blaz?i?kova?, appearing on this disc alongside three other familiar soloists of the series: Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Gerd Tu?rk (tenor) and Peter Kooij (bass). With another five discs to go before completing their monumental task, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan are in no way flagging, as proven by this splendid instalment, and by recent releases which have received critical acclaim, for instance in International Record Review, where Volume 48 was described as demonstrating ‘the ever- rising standard, by now quite stratospheric, of Suzuki and his choir and orchestra in this massive recording project.’
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Works on This Recording

1.
Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg, BWV 149 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte, BWV 174 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen, BWV 145 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 

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