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Bach: Cantatas Vol 2 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan


Release Date: 03/26/1996 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 781   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori SuzukiMasaaki SuzukiPeter KooyYoshikazu Mera,   ... 
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


My enthusiasm for Volume 1 in the Bach Collegium Japan's cycle of Bach's cantatas continues here in a program that includes a work (BWV 131) based on conductor Masaaki Suzuki's favorite psalm, number 130. (In the notes to the first volume Suzuki candidly declares how important his Christian convictions are to his interpretations, and describes his relationship to Bach as "fellows in faith"). Though thematically based on the depths and multitudes of sin, Bach's settings here are not entirely solemn--nor are Suzuki's spirited renderings. The opening selection, Gott ist mein König, begins with a striking choral "Gott!" followed by enough resounding brass and percussion to
Read more simultaneously excite the layman and instill joyous consolation among the faithful. Bass Peter Kooy's more somber though equally compelling fourth-movement aria "Tag und Nacht ist dein" couldn't be more lovely; as the singer muses over God's omniscient reach, he's partnered by a lingering melody that anticipates the composer's famous Sinfonia in C. Likewise countertenor Yoshikazu Mera shines in his brief aria "Durch mächtige Kraft", accompanied only by a trio of trumpet, organ, and timpani.


Arguably one of Bach's most angst-ridden cantatas, Aus der Tiefe rufe ich Herr, zu dir gets a reading that equals if not surpasses Günther Ramin's legendary 1952 account (a statement heretofore unimaginable). Though nearly as dramatically slow in tempo as Ramin, Suzuki often subtly mutes the choir, which heightens the overall impression of humility, misery, despair, and lifelong repentance. Also unlike Ramin, who unfortunately had only less-than-accurate editions at his disposal, Suzuki includes an additional soprano (Midori Suzuki) whose sublime laments beautifully complement Kooy's second-movement aria.


From Bach's so-called "Mühlhausen period" (where he held the post of organist at Mühlhausen's Church of St. Blasius) his Actus Tragicus funeral cantata (Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit) remains his most popular and oft-recorded work. While long-standing favorite recordings include such diverse readings as Karl Richter's grand Munich Bach Orchestra modern-instrument performance and the Collegium Aureum's much more intimate original-instrument account, Suzuki again successfully combines the best of both approaches. The famed opening instrumental sonatina couldn't be more graceful and appropriately suggestive of another world. As well, tenor Gerd Türk and countertenor Yoshikazu Mera deliver exceptionally lovely performances, particularly in the third-movement choral. This Actus Tragicus surely is one of the best, if not the best currently available (both of the recordings mentioned above are scarce imports). BIS again complements Suzuki's achievement with state-of-the-art sonics and engaging and informative booklet notes by Suzuki and Tadashi Isoyama. Highly recommended. [3/5/2003]
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gott ist mein König, BWV 71 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Masaaki Suzuki (Organ), Peter Kooy (Bass),
Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor), Naoko Imai (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 19 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Midori Suzuki (Soprano), Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor), Peter Kooy (Bass),
Naoko Imai (Organ)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707; Mühlhausen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste, BWV 106 "Actus tragicus" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Naoko Imai (Organ), Peter Kooy (Bass), Gerd Türk (Tenor),
Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor), Aki Yanagisawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Kobe Shoin Women's University, Japan 
Length: 20 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Gott ist mein konig (Chorus)
Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Chorale Aria: Ich bin nun achzig Jahr (Tenor, Soprano)
Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Dein Alter sei wie deine Jugend (Chorus)
Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Arioso: Tag und Nacht ist dein (Bass)
Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Aria: Durch machtige Kraft (Alto)
Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Du wollest dem Feinde nicht geben (Chorus)
Gott ist mein Konig, BWV 71: Das neue Regiment (Chorus)
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131: Sinfonia: Aus der Tiefe rufe ich
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131: Aria: So du willst (Bass, Soprano)
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131: Ich harre des Herrn (Chorus)
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131: Aria: Meine Seele wartet auf den Derrn (Tenor, Alto)
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131: Israel, hoffe auf den Herrn (Chorus)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Sonatina
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Chorus)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Arioso: Ach, Herr, lehre uns bedenken (Tenor)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Arioso: Bestelle dein Haus (Bass)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Es ist der alte Bund (Chorus)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Aria: In deine Hande befehle ich meinen Geist (Alto)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Chorale: Heute wirst du mit mir (Alto, Bass)
Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106, "Actus tragicus": Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit (Chorus)

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