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Bach: Whitsun Cantatas / Gardiner, English Baroque, Et Al


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 463584   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martina JankovaRobin BlazeChristoph GenzReinhard Hagen,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque SoloistsMonteverdi Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Eliot Gardiner has returned to the form reminiscent of his earliest days with the Monteverdi Choir, when performances were bright and fresh and taut and, well, really good. Of course, he's working with some really fine music, his soloists are all top-notch, and he's recording in a familiar place (London's St. John's Smith Square) with several of the industry's most seasoned recording wizards at the controls (especially the two Mikes, balance engineers Mike Hatch and Mike Clements). The music, four of Bach's Whitsun (or Pentecost) cantatas, shows the composer at his most creative in terms of text setting and structural formulations. As Ruth Tatlow's informative liner notes remind us, Bach was anything but casual regarding text Read more selection, and he followed this by meticulously considering all pertinent aspects of its meaning and how best to express it musically, fully mindful of his "audience". In each of these cantatas we find some of his most inspired efforts, from the tender, pleading/reassuring dialog of believer (soprano) and Holy Spirit (countertenor) in BWV 172 to the noble opening chorus of BWV 74 and its following--and exceptionally lovely--soprano aria "Komm, komm mein Herze steht dir offen". And what heavenly muse must have been present when Bach conceived the alto aria in BWV 34--a musical creation whose beauty and emotional depth is beyond words? Contralto Bernarda Fink not only understands these aesthetic and very personal elements, but also knows just how to tap the aria's spiritual essence, as a prayer from the center of the heart. This highly underrated cantata closes with one of Bach's wildest and liveliest choruses, a jubilant thanksgiving "to the wondrous hands of the Almighty". After a few disappointing releases in his "Bach cantata pilgrimage" series, Gardiner, his excellent chorus and orchestra, and his recording teams seem to have found the coming of the Holy Spirit as compelling and artistically inspiring a subject as did the world's greatest composer. May the trend continue.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lobe den Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget ihr Saiten!, BWV 172 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martina Jankova (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Reinhard Hagen (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 59 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Soprano), Peter Harvey (Bass)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1723-1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, BWV 74 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Bass), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Magdalena Kozená (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 20 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bernarda Fink (Alto), Christopher Foster (Bass), Steve Davislim (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  St. John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Cantata "Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten" BWV 172: 1. Chorus: "Erschallet, ihr Lieder"
Cantata "Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten" BWV 172: 2. Recitative: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort"
Cantata "Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten" BWV 172: 3. Aria: "Heiligste Dreieinigkeit, großer Gott"
Cantata "Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten" BWV 172: 4. Aria: "O Seelenparadies, das Gottes Geist durchwehet"
Cantata "Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten" BWV 172: 5. Aria (Duet): "Komm, laß mich nicht länger warten"
Cantata "Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten" BWV 172: 6. Chorale: "Von Gott kommt mir ein Freudenschein"
Cantata "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 59: 1. Duet: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten"
Cantata "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 59: 2. Recitative: "O, was sind das für Ehren"
Cantata "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 59: 3. Chorale: "Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott"
Cantata "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 59: 4. Aria: "Die Welt mit allen Königreichen"
Cantata "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 59: 5. Chorale: "Du heilige Brunst, süßer Trost"
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 1. Coro: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 2. Aria: Komm, mein Herze steht dir offen
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 3. Recitativo: Die Wohnung ist bereit
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 4. Aria: Ich gehe hin und komme wieder zu euch
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 5. Aria: Kommt! eilet
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 6. Recitativo: Es ist nichts Verdammliches an denen
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 7. Aria: Nichts kann mich erretten
Cantata: "Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 74: 8. Choral: Kein Menschenkind hier auf der Erd'
Cantata No.34 "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe", BWV34: 1. Chorus: "O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe"
Cantata No.34 "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe", BWV34: 2. Recitative: "Herr! unsre Herzen halten dir"
Cantata No.34 "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe", BWV34: 3. Aria: "Wohl euch, ihr auserwählten Seelen"
Cantata No.34 "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe", BWV34: 4. Recitative: "Erwählt sich Gott die heil'gen Hütten"
Cantata No.34 "O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe", BWV34: 5. Chorus: "Friede über Israel!"

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