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Bach: Cantatas No 80 And 11 / Somary, Palmer, Watts, Et Al


Release Date: 01/26/1999 
Label:  Vanguard   Catalog #: 105   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael RipponRobert TearHelen WattsFelicity Palmer
Conductor:  Johannes Somary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraAmor Artis Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wow! The fervor of Bach's faith comes through loud and clear in the mighty scale of these cantatas. The chorales, boosted by blazing trumpets and drums, would lift the roof off any church.
"Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Might Fortress is Our God)," based on Luther's hymn, is heard in the traditional arrangement by W. F. Bach (who added trumpets). The opening choral motet, with its fugal treatment of each theme, figuratively constructs a fortress around the believer in Christ.
"Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (Praise God in His Kingdom)" is actually an oratorio written for Ascension Day. Again, a triumphant mood prevails what is a straightforward account of Christ's ascension into heaven.
The vocal soloists are all quite good, but
Read more the real star is the English Chamber Orchestra. Their musicians exhibit perfect ensemble, balance and intonation. Among their soloists are the well-known Kenneth Sillito, violin, and John Wilbraham, trumpet. The vivid recording, of what appear to be modern instruments, was remastered with 24-bit digital. It makes an excellent tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Bach Guild who commissioned the original recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Rippon (Bass), Robert Tear (Tenor), Helen Watts (Alto),
Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Johannes Somary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Amor Artis Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Conway Hall, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 "Ascension Oratorio" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helen Watts (Alto), Robert Tear (Tenor), Michael Rippon (Bass),
Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Johannes Somary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Amor Artis Chorale
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Conway Hall, London 
Length: 30 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 

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