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Bach: Cantatas / Scholl, Schlik, Coin, Et Al


Release Date: 11/16/2004 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 8897   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara SchlickGotthold SchwarzChristoph PrégardienAndreas Scholl
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque EnsembleLeipzig Concerto Vocale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Those who missed Christophe Coin's three earlier recordings for Astrée devoted to Bach's cantatas featuring arias with prominent violoncello piccolo accompaniment will delight in this generous mid-price reissue of the first volume. The performances are all remarkably good, owing to Coin's incisive direction and virtuoso violoncello piccolo playing as well as to the stellar cast of Baroque specialist vocalists in their youthful prime--two of whom, Andreas Scholl and Christoph Prégardien, eventually would sign with major labels and achieve international acclaim. Barbara Schlick already had recorded with the Musica Antiqua Köln on Archiv and with the Concentus Musicus Wien on Teldec.

While the three cantatas
Read more offered are among Bach's least familiar, they include many elements that typify the master's command of the form. For example, the opening work, BWV 180 "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele" (Deck yourself, my soul, with gladness), begins with a stately chorale whose seriousness is playfully undermined by lighthearted flute and oboe dialogues. Pregardien's dramatic second-movement aria also is brilliantly heightened by an engaging, rhythmically charged continuo of violoncello piccolo and obbligato flute. Likewise Coin augments the feeling of disparity in Schlick's lovely fifth-movement aria by complementing Bach's underlying rhythmic fabric with momentum shifts at important junctures. Incidentally, for all of these performances Coin has boldly chosen to eschew the usual (and admittedly more orthodox) small chest organ in favor of the full-bodied 1737 Silbermann instrument at the recording's venue--the Ponitz village church in Thuringia, Germany. While this certainly heightens the impact of the arias and chorales, the recitatives benefit most.

Astrée's sound is gorgeous--warmly reverberant though never at the expense of clarity or detail. Gilles Cantagrel's original extensive, informative, and sensibly ordered notes have been strangely reshuffled--but at least all of the information is still there. Also included is Naive's current 2003/2004 full-color 210-page catalogue. You simply can't go wrong here. [2/25/2004]

--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, lass die dunkle Sünden höhle, komm an's helle Licht gegangen, BWV 180 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor),
Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2. Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gotthold Schwarz (Bass), Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
3. Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Barbara Schlick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Coin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Leipzig Concerto Vocale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Chorale: Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele (Chorus)
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Aria: Ermuntre dich: dein Heiland klopft (Tenor)
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Recitative and Chorale: Wie teuer sind des heilgen Mahles Gaben (Soprano)
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Recitative: Mein Herz fuhlt in sich Furcht und Freude (Alto)
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Aria: Lebens Sonne, Licht der Sinnen (Soprano)
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Recitative: Herr, lass an mir dein treues Lieben (Bass)
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180: Chorale: Jesu, wahres Brot des Lebens (Chorus)
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: Sinfonia
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: Aria: Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen (Bass)
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: Recitative: Mein Mahl ist zubereit (Bass, Soprano)
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: Aria: Ich bin herrlich, ich bin schon (Soprano)
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: Recitative: Mein Glaube hat mich selbst so angezogen (Soprano, Bass)
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49: Aria and Chorale: Dich hab ich je und je geliebet (Soprano, Bass)
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit (Chorus)
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Aria: Ach schlafrige Seele (Alto)
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Recitative: Gott, so vor deine Seele wacht (Alto)
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Aria: Bete aber auch dabei (Soprano)
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Recitative: Er sehnet sich nach unserm Schreien (Tenor)
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, BWV 115: Chorale: Drum so lasst uns immerdar (Chorus)

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