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BACH FOR JAPAN
Masaaki Suzuki (org, cond); Hana Blažková, Miah Persson, Susan Ryden, Carolyn Sampson (sop); Robin, Blaze, Yoshukazu Mera (ct); Gerd Türk (ten); Peter Kooij (bs); Bach Collegium Japan Ch & O (period instruments)
BIS CD-2011 (82:20
Text and Translation)
Cantatas 156, 106, 127, 115, 170, 151, 105, 159. Organ Chorales:
BWV 727, 641, 639.
Orchestral Suite No.
Komm, Jesu, Komm
Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach cantata edition is by all accounts one of the best ways, if not the best, to experience this unparalleled body of music short of singing (or playing) it yourself. It stands to reason that a disc of well-chosen excerpts from the series should be a desirable acquisition, and so it is. But there is perhaps an even better reason to do so. The Bach Collegium Japan—matched by BIS Records—is donating all royalties from its sale to Tohoku Help, the Sendai Christian Alliance Disaster Relief Network for the support of victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, 2011.
As for the disc itself, there’s little to say other than it is self-recommending. Suzuki has not assembled a showcase of Bach’s Greatest Hits, although there’s no good reason why these particular selections could not be included if he did. The Air from the Third Orchestral Suite is one, of course. Three organ chorale preludes, played by Suzuki, and two instrumental excerpts add variety. The motet
Komm, Jesu, komm
sums up the program, which was thoughtfully designed to offer hope and consolation to weary souls. Bach can do that. Suzuki and friends can, too. Buy this disc.
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Works on This Recording
Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach Collegium Japan
Written: circa 1725-1749; Leipzig, Germany
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