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Bach For Japan

Bach,J.s. / Sampson / Ryden
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2011  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



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)


Excerpts from Cantatas 156, 106, 127, 115, 170, 151, 105, 159. Organ Chorales: BWV 727, 641, 639. Orchestral Suite No. Read more 3: Air. Motet: 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

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: no 2, Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: no 1, Vergnügte Ruh' by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, BWV 151: no 1, Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159: Es ist vollbracht, das Leid ist alle by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Bete aber auch... by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
8.
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht, BWV 105: no 3, Wie zittern und wanken der Sünder gedanken by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, BWV 127: Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste, BWV 106 "Actus tragicus": In deine Hände by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
11.
Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
12.
Komm, Jesu, komm!, BWV 229 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1749; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia
Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Aria with Chorale: Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Sonatina
Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott, BWV 127: Aria: Die Seele ruht in Jesu Handen
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Aria - Arioso - Chorale: In deine Hande
Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: II. Air
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Aria: Bete aber auch dabei
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein, BWV 641
Vergnugte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
Susser Trost, mein Jesus kommt, BWV 151: Aria: Susser Trost, mein Jesus kommt
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105 *: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105: Aria: Wie zittern und wanken
Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV 159: Aria: Es ist vollbracht
Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229

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