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Cantatas: No. 54; No. 170. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in b.
Concerto in C for Oboe and Violin
Daniel Taylor (ct); Jeanne Lamon
John Abberger (ob); Tafelmusik Baroque O (period instruments)
ANALEKTA AN 2 9878 (68:46
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believe that Daniel Taylor has soloed more often in Bach cantata recordings than James Bowman and Andreas Scholl combined? I can’t state that as an unequivocal fact, though I can infer it from my own collection, in which Taylor’s name appears decisively more often than Bowman’s
Scholl’s (with Jochen Kowalski thrown in for good measure). Yet solo cantatas for the alto voice have been recorded by Scholl eight times (including BWV 54 twice), by Bowman three times, and by Kowalski six. But, to the best of my knowledge, these are Taylor’s first solo cantatas. He is hardly unknown, having recorded extensively with John Eliot Gardiner as well as with Philippe Herreweghe, Masaaki Suzuki, and others. What’s taken so long? Clearly Taylor knows the idiom, and these two performances leave little to be desired. Taylor is in excellent voice, and he sings with feeling. He has the expert support of Jeanne Lamon and her Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Lamon and Tafelmusik also have half of the disc to themselves, playing two reconstructed orchestral favorites. The oboe-and-violin concerto is well established, undoubtedly more familiar than the extant two-harpsichord concerto (BWV 1060) from which it is derived. Lamon is outstanding in the violin part. Oboist John Abberger hasn’t quite the polish of a Heinz Holliger or a Marcel Ponseele, but he partners well with Lamon in a strong, satisfying performance. The B-Minor Suite is the program’s surprise. It is the second orchestral suite with the solo part assigned to the violin rather than to the flute. Recent research has determined that the extant scoring for flute may not be Bach’s original intent. Expect a rash of recordings with new protagonists. Lamon here makes a convincing case for the violin. Overall, this is a most rewarding release and is warmly recommended.
FANFARE: George Chien
Works on This Recording
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Written: 1714; Cöthen, Germany
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