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Bach: Cantatas Vol 25 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 09/28/2004 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1361   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari NonoshitaDaniel TaylorMakoto SakuradaPeter Kooy
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 25 of Masaaki Suzuki's Bach cantata series arrived on my desk out of sequence, providing further proof of that old adage, "Better late than never"? The disc comes in a slipcase marked Jubilee Edition, along with a separate booklet containing a celebratory essay (in four languages), a slew of encomiums (none, unfortunately, from me), and, best of all, an index of the cantatas in the first 25 volumes, arranged in BWV order. One hopes that it will be updated periodically. Three superb cantatas, dating from September and October 1724, make this one of the most attractive volumes in the series. All three are cast in the chorale-cantata format with splendid opening choruses that further illustrate Bach?s endless ingenuity. Read more Cantata 78 opens with an intensely expressive chaconne over a lamento bass that is sounded 27 times. (For numerology buffs, 27=3 x 3 x 3 or 3 3 is a representation of the Trinity.) BWV 99 has a more joyful feel, with chorus and orchestra alternating in concertante style. No. 114 projects an aura of strength and confidence, its choral statements punctuated by an energetic ritornello. All three cantatas also feature memorable arias for tenor with an obbligato traverse flute. Many observers have pointed out that Bach had a virtuoso flutist at his disposal at the time, but Klaus Hofmann?s notes suggest that a superior tenor soloist may have been available then as well. BWV 78, Jesu der du meine Seele , one of the most popular of all the cantatas, contains a duet for soprano and alto that qualifies as a ?Bach moment???a movement you might profitably play for an uninitiated listener who wants to know what the fuss over JSB is all about. Did I sense a hint of impatience in Suzuki?s pacing for No. 78? If so, it would be a rare blip in an epic venture that to date has maintained a remarkably and consistently high standard. Most highly recommended, nonetheless.


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Works on This Recording

1. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor),
Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Recitative: Die Wunden, Nagel, Kron und Grab (Bass)
Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Aria: Nun du wirst mein Gewissen stillen (Bass)
Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78: Chorale: Herr, ich glaube, hilf mir Schwachen
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (Chorus)
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99: Recitative: Sein Wort der Wahrheit stehet fest (Bass)
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99: Aria: Erschuttre dich nur nicht, verzagte Seele (Tenor)
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99: Recitative: Nun, der von Ewigkeit geschloss'ne Bund (Alto)
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99: Duet Aria: Wenn des Kreuzes Bitterkeiten (Soprano, Alto)
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 99: Chorale: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost (Chorus)
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Aria: Wo wird in diesem Jammertale (Tenor)
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Recitative: O Sunder, trage mit Geduld (Bass)
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Chorale: Kein Frucht das Weizenkornlein bringt (Soprano)
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Aria: Du machst, o Tod (Alto)
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Recitative: Indes bedenke deine Seele (Tenor)
Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost, BWV 114: Chorale: Wir wachen oder schlafen ein

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