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Bach: Cantatas Vol 18 / Suzuki, Blaze, Sakurada, Kooij


Release Date: 05/21/2002 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1251   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin BlazeMakoto SakuradaPeter Kooy
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


These three cantatas contain some heavy assignments for the three vocal soloists, challenges met with complete success. Robin Blaze offers steady tone and not a shred of countertenor "hootiness" in his duet-arias Wir danken und preisen from BWV 134 and Ich furchte zwar from BWV 66. Both numbers also feature Japanese tenor Makoto Sakurada, whose open sound and naturalness of phrasing allow the music's warmth and humanity to communicate effortlessly. Bass Peter Kooij makes similarly light work of the magnificently celebratory aria Lasset dem Höochsten from BWV 66, the longest solo number in all three works.


It goes almost without saying that Masaaki Suzuki paces
Read more these works to perfection, with flowing recitatives and secure, colorful instrumental contributions. The opening choruses of BWV 66 and 67 brim with inner rhythmic life, and Suzuki allows the whooping brass writing in the former's huge initial number (Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen) proper prominence. The same observations apply to the joyous conclusion (Erschallet, ihr Himmel) of BWV 134. These are in general cheerful pieces (the Easter theme of rebirth and resurrection features prominently), largely devoid of Bach's heavy-duty minor key "lamentation" style, and for this reason they run a certain risk of generalized blandness when heard in tandem. Fortunately, Suzuki & Co. never let the tension sag, and combined with BIS' state-of-the-art sonics the result is practically perfect, a bracing musical tonic: it's good for what ails you.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, entweichet ihr Schmerzen, es lebet der Heiland, BWV 66 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Robin Blaze (Countertenor), Makoto Sakurada (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, der auferstanden ist von der Todten, BWV 67 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66: Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Chorus)
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66: Recitative: Es bricht das Grab (Bass)
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66: Aria: Lasset dem Hochsten (Bass)
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66: Recitative and Arioso: Bei Jesu Leben freudig sein (Tenor, Alto)
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66: Aria: Ich furchte zwar (Alto, Tenor)
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, BWV 66: Chorale: Alleluja! Alleluja! Alleluja!
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134: Recitative: Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss (Tenor, Alto)
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134: Aria: Auf, Glaubige (Tenor)
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134: Recitative: Wohl dir (Tenor, Alto)
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134: Aria: Wir danken und preisen (Alto, Tenor)
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134: Recitative: Doch wurke (Tenor, Alto)
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss, BWV 134: Erschallet, ihr Himmel (Chorus)
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ (Chorus)
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Aria: Mein Jesus ist erstanded (Tenor)
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Recitative: Mein Jesu, heissest du (Alto)
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Chorale: Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Recitative: Doch scheinet fast (Alto)
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Aria: Freide sei mit euch! (Bass, Chorus)
Halt im Gedachtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67: Chorale: Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ

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