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Bach: Celebratory Cantatas / Suzuki, Collegium Japan

Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2231  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hiroya AokiCharles DanielsHana BlazikovaRoderick Williams
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium JapanBach Collegium Japan Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Besides the fact that they both celebrate Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, there is a close connection between the two works included on the eighth volume of Bach's secular cantatas. On October 2nd, 1734, the King and his family made a surprise visit to Leipzig, and in all haste a festive event was planned for three days later, in celebration of the anniversary of Augustus's ascension to the Polish throne. Bach was asked to provide the musical entertainment, and consequently had to put aside the work he was busy composing...namely BWV 206 ''Schleicht, spielende Wellen'', intended for a celebration of the King's birthday on October 7th! The new cantata,
Read more Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215, is a substantial work, and it is not surprising that Bach, with only a few days to produce it, had recourse to earlier compositions: the only parts that were written completely from scratch were the recitatives, the soprano aria and the final chorus. In the meantime, BWV 206 - the birthday cantata that Bach had to put on hold - came to good use two years later, when the King's birthday was celebrated with a concert at Zimmermann's coffee house in Leipzig. Both works are richly scored with trumpets and timpani, and here receive suitably festive performances form Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki.



Schleicht, spielende Wellen (‘Flow, playful waves and murmur’) follows the dramma per musica template of allegory – this time with four competing rivers yearning for the primacy of the monarch’s affections. However ludicrous, Bach constructs a very significant work which Suzuki treats as an undertaking of serious critical engagement. After 22 years of intensive Bach recording, Suzuki and his forces just seem to get better.

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Works on This Recording

Schleicht spielende Wellen, BWV 206 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hiroya Aoki (Countertenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor), Hana Blazikova (Soprano),
Roderick Williams (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Bach Collegium Japan Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: 10/07/1733; Leipzig, Germany 
Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hana Blazikova (Soprano), Charles Daniels (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Bass)
Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Bach Collegium Japan Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Celebrate these celebratory cantatas  November 9, 2017 By Frederick (Ted) Hecht, MD (Scottsdale, AZ) See All My Reviews "After more than two full decades of recording Bach's works, Masaaki Suzuki continues to add beautiful performances to the collective discography. The fact that one of the greatest interpreters of JS Bach is from Japan attests to the universality of his music." Report Abuse
 A mixtape from Johann Sebastian July 2, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews ""A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick it off with a corker, to hold the attention, and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and... oh, there are loads of rules." - Nick Hornby, High Fidelity, 1995. In October 1734 Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, made a surprise visit to Leipzig and Bach put down everything he was doing to cobble together a celebratory cantata in the Elector's honour. This was Preise dein Glucke, BWV 215, one of two fabulous works on the new Bach Collegium Japan disc, volume 8 in their Secular Cantatas series from BIS. With only a few days in which to work, Bach re-used some of the music he had lying around, notably the fabulous first movement of his 1732 cantata Es lebe der König, der Vater im Lande, BWV Anh 11, set for two four-part choirs, as a base for the opening chorus. This is joyous music, full of pomp and pagentry, with trumpets blazing and drums pounding. For 18th century composers dealing with their patrons the currency was always flattery. If Augustus III was paying attention at all, he must have been mightily impressed by this compliment. This is courtly music at the very highest level. The second cantata, written for the birthday of Augustus, is every bit as bright and appealing. Masaaki Suzuki and his amazing Bach Collegium Japan bring the same dedication, musicianship and scholarship to this recording that they have to every Bach cantata they've performed over the years, with an extra helping of high spirits. This is very highly recommended!" Report Abuse
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