Bach Cantatas, Vol. 14: New York

Bach Cantatas, Vol. 14: New York

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by John Eliot Gardiner
     
 
Are these the best, the deepest, the profoundest -- in a word, the greatest -- recordings of these four Bach cantatas ever made? What a silly question! Indeed, what an utterly beside-the-point question and surely a question that neither the conductor, the performers, or even the composer would ever have thought to ask. The real question is: are

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Are these the best, the deepest, the profoundest -- in a word, the greatest -- recordings of these four Bach cantatas ever made? What a silly question! Indeed, what an utterly beside-the-point question and surely a question that neither the conductor, the performers, or even the composer would ever have thought to ask. The real question is: are these recordings musically, emotionally, and spiritually honest recordings, that is, do they capture the true essence of the works? And the answer to that question is a grateful "yes." While John Eliot Gardiner has not always been ideally matched with the repertoire he's recorded -- does anyone recall his Janácek "Sinfonetta" or Rachmaninov "Symphonic Dances"? -- he has always been ideally suited to the music of the Baroque -- who cannot recall his Monteverdi "Vespers" or his Handel "Messiah"? -- and his series of Bach cantatas has been as good as the best things he's ever recorded. In these performances with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists recorded in New York on Christmas 2000, Gardiner has created recordings that may or may not be in the same league with Richter, Harnoncourt, Leonhardt, or Koopman but that are certainly absolutely musically, emotionally, and spiritually as one with the works. The beauty of the melodies, the clarity of the part writing, the rightness of the harmonies, the lightness of the rhythms, the color of the scoring? All are as one with the music. The joy, the sorrow, the exaltation, the anguish, the excitement? All are as one with the texts. The awe, the dread, the glory, the wonder, the bliss? All are as one with Bach's fusion of music and texts. Are these then the best recordings of these four Bach cantatas ever made? Does it really matter? Anyone who loves these cantatas will love this disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
Label:
Soli Deo Gloria
UPC:
0843183011322
catalogNumber:
113

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Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 91, "Gelobet seist su, Jesu Christ," BWV 91 (BC A9)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Katharine Fuge  - John Eliot Gardiner  - James Gilchrist  - Peter Harvey  - Gudrun Meier  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Richard Stokes  - Robin Tyson
  2. Cantata No. 121, "Christum wir sollen loben schon," BWV 121 (BC A13)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - Katharine Fuge  - John Eliot Gardiner  - James Gilchrist  - Peter Harvey  - Gudrun Meier  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Richard Stokes  - William Towers
  3. Cantata No. 40, "Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes," BWV 40 (BCA 12)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - James Gilchrist  - Peter Harvey  - Gudrun Meier  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Richard Stokes  - Robin Tyson
  4. Cantata No. 110, "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens," BWV 110 (BC A10)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Baroque Soloists  - John Eliot Gardiner  - James Gilchrist  - Peter Harvey  - Gudrun Meier  -  Monteverdi Choir  - Richard Stokes  - William Towers  - Joanne Lunn

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