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Bach: Sacred Cantatas for Alto / Müller-Brühl, Kielland


Release Date: 12/13/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557621   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber OrchestraCologne Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent recital that offers rarely heard and often captivating Bach works, sung by a soloist with an ideal timbre and interpretive sense, accompanied by an orchestra whose stylistic instincts perfectly suit the music. And the ensemble sound is both warm and vibrant, pleasingly mannered and articulate. Though generally very clear and ingratiating, Norwegian alto Marianne Beate Kielland's voice occasionally takes on a very dark, covered quality (as in the opening of the first aria) that obscures the text. Most of the time, however, she sings with a lovely rich resonance that's aptly underlined by the orchestra.


My only serious reservation concerns the central aria in BWV 170 (and this is true no matter who
Read more performs it), whose melodic structure and interaction with the organ obbligato just seems uncharacteristically awkward. Kielland's slow tempo only enhances the impression that voice and instrument are antagonists rather than partners. Beyond that, we're treated to several of Bach's more inspired melodies, especially the first aria in BWV 54, "Widerstehe doch der Sünde", which the composer used 15 years later, set to the text "Falsche Welt". A decent alternative for these cantatas is Jadwiga Rappé's 1995 performance on Accord--but the current version is slightly preferrable for Kielland's warmer, more facile singing.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland (Alto)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland (Alto)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Cologne Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland (Alto)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland (Alto)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1742; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde, BWV 53 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marianne Beate Kielland (Alto)
Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Vergnugte Ruh, beliebt Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (Alto)
Vergnugte Ruh, beliebt Seelenlust, BWV 170: Recitativo: Die Welt, das Sundenhaus (Alto)
Vergnugte Ruh, beliebt Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen (Alto)
Vergnugte Ruh, beliebt Seelenlust, BWV 170: Recitativo: Wer sollte sich demnach wohl hier (Alto)
Vergnugte Ruh, beliebt Seelenlust, BWV 170: Aria: Mir ekelt mehr zu leben (Alto)
Widerstehe doch der Sunde, BWV 54: Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sunde (Alto)
Widerstehe doch der Sunde, BWV 54: Recitativo: Die Art verruchter Sunden (Alto)
Widerstehe doch der Sunde, BWV 54: Aria: Wer Sunde tut, der ist vom Teufel (Alto)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Sinfonia
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Arioso: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (Alto)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Aria: Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (Alto)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Recitativo: Was ist die Liebe Gottes (Alto)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Aria: Stirb in mir Welt (Alto)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Recitativo: Doch meint es auch dabei (Alto)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169: Chorale: Du susse Liebe
Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200: Aria: Bekennen will ich seinen Namen (Alto)
Schlage doch gewunschte Stunde, BWV 53: Schlage doch gewunschte Stunde (Alto)

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