Bach: Cantatas for Ascension Day

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
With this volume of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage -- part of a project that finds John Eliot Gardiner performing the composer's cantatas in churches around Europe on the appropriate liturgical days -- we arrive at some of J. S. Bach's most joyous sacred works. Ascension Day, celebrated 40 days after Easter, marks Christ's ascent into heaven and has inspired jubilation in composers and poets alike. Three cantatas were composed for services from 1724 to 1726, and a longer Ascension Oratorio dates from 1735. The fanfares of "Gott führet auf mit Jauchzen," BWV 43, are almost required by the words: "God is gone up with a shout, and the Lord with bright trumpets. Sing praises, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
With this volume of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage -- part of a project that finds John Eliot Gardiner performing the composer's cantatas in churches around Europe on the appropriate liturgical days -- we arrive at some of J. S. Bach's most joyous sacred works. Ascension Day, celebrated 40 days after Easter, marks Christ's ascent into heaven and has inspired jubilation in composers and poets alike. Three cantatas were composed for services from 1724 to 1726, and a longer Ascension Oratorio dates from 1735. The fanfares of "Gott führet auf mit Jauchzen," BWV 43, are almost required by the words: "God is gone up with a shout, and the Lord with bright trumpets. Sing praises, sing praises to God." Trumpets and horns -- period instruments played by the English Baroque Soloists -- return in "Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein," BWV 128, where bass soloist Reinhard Hagen intones, "Up, up with clarion sound." Other featured voices on this release include tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson, countertenor Michael Chance, soprano Nancy Argenta, and bass Stephen Varcoe. Gardiner leads stylish and inspiring performances of his usual high caliber, and the Monteverdi Choir expertly manages Bach's tricky vocal counterpoint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • UPC: 028946358320
  • Catalog Number: 463583
  • Sales rank: 101,726

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–11 Cantata No. 43, "Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen," BWV 43 (BC A77) - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Eliot Gardiner (17:52)
  2. 12–16 Cantata No 128, "Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein," BWV128 - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Eliot Gardiner (16:38)
  3. 17–22 Cantata No 37, "Wer da gläubet und getauft wird," BWV37 - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Eliot Gardiner (15:25)
  4. 23–33 Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, "Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen," (Ascension Oratorio), BWV 11 (BC D9) - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Eliot Gardiner (27:17)
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John Eliot Gardiner Primary Artist
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