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Bach: Cantatas Vol 15 / Nonoshita, Blaze, Turk, Urano, Et Al


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1111   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin BlazeGerd TürkYukari NonoshitaChiyuki Urano
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a certifiable numbers freak, Bach would have loved this. When was the last time you saw a four-cantata disc on which all of the cantata numbers are divisible by 10? I’ve handled a lot of cantata discs, and my answer is, “Never.” One has to wonder whether this was a random occurrence or whether Maestro Suzuki and/or BIS tweaked the schedule to make it happen. In either case, the result is a thoroughly appealing program.

The four cantatas come from the final weeks of 1723, Bach’s first year in Leipzig, though BWV 70 had earlier roots––a mostly lost Weimar cantata. Bach added four new recitatives and a second chorale to the 1716 original, creating a two-part vision of the Last Judgment that is one of his most imposing
Read more cantatas. This followed, by a week, one of his shortest cantatas, BWV 90. The earlier cantata does have two dramatic arias, the second a striking duet between the bass soloist and an obbligato trumpet. On the day after Christmas, Bach presented a new sound to his Leipzig parishioners, a pair of horns, highlighting this expression of seasonal exuberance. Arguably the most celebrated of these four cantatas was BWV 60, composed for the final Sunday of the year. Bach’s contemplation of last things is expressed in a dialogue between Fear and Hope, introduced by an urgent choral movement and concluded by an extraordinary, chromatic harmonization of the chorale. Bach’s startling chorale setting––which Berg much later quoted, note-for-note, in his violin concerto––may well have sent the Leipzig congregation home in a state of shock and awe.

The Bach Collegium Japan is virtually flawless here under Suzuki’s exemplary direction, and much the same can be said of the now-familiar solo quartet and of BIS’s production. This is an outstanding release in every respect.

Thinking back, Bach might have been less bewitched than bewildered by the numbering of his cantatas, which was the handiwork of the editors of the first Bach Gesellschaft, and is completely haphazard. The fastidious cantor, one suspects, might have been bothered, if not dismayed.

-- George Chien, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Robin Blaze (Countertenor),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!, BWV 70 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, ihr sündlichen verächter, hin, BWV 90 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita (Soprano), Gerd Türk (Tenor), Robin Blaze (Countertenor),
Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes (Chorus)
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Recitative: Das Wort ward Fleisch (Tenor)
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Chorale: Die Sund macht Leid
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Aria: Hollische Schlange (Bass)
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Recitative: Die schlange, so im Paradies (Alto)
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Chorale: Schuttle deinen Kopf und sprich
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Aria: Christenkinder, freuet euch! (Tenor)
Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes, BWV 40: Chorale: Jesu, nimm dich deiner Glieder
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60: Aria: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (Alto, Tenor)
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60: Recitative: O schwerer Gang (Alto, Tenor)
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60: Aria: Mein letztes Lager (Duet: Alto, Tenor)
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60: Recitative: Der Tod Bleibt doch (Alto, Bass)
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60: Chorale: Es ist genung
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Chorus)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Recitative: Erschrecket, ihr verstockten Sunden! (Bass)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Aria: Wenn kommt der Tag (Alto)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Recitative: Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen (Tenor)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Aria: Lasst der Spotter Zungen schmahen (Soprano)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Recitative: Jedoch bei dem unartigen Geschlechte (Tenor)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Chorale: Freu dich sehr, o meine seele
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Aria: Hebt euer Haupt empor (Tenor)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Recitative with accompaniment: Ach, soll nicht dieser grosse Tag (Bass)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Aria: Seligster Erquickungstag (Bass)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70: Chorale: Nicht nach welt, nach Himmel nicht
Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90: Aria: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende (Tenor)
Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90: Recitative: Des Hochsten Gute wird von Tag (Alto)
Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90: Aria: So loschet im Eifer der rächende Richter (Bass)
Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90: Recitative: Doch Gottes Auge sieht auf (Tenor)
Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende, BWV 90: Chorale: Leit uns mit deiner rechten Hand

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