Bach: Saint Michel Cantatas

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This disc is an early entry in a complete recording of Bach's cantatas undertaken by the Montréal Baroque. Conductor Eric Milnes opts for Joshua Rifkin's controversial "B minor madrigal" approach, with the four soloists joining together in the choral movements -- there is no choir. Many listeners, given the strong congregational resonances of the chorales on which most of the cantatas are based, may find this especially grating in the cantata repertory. Sample the tumultuous track 7 to see whether you like the effect. If you do, then you may wish to take note of new discs in the series as they appear. The cantatas are grouped intelligently; the three on this disc are big ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This disc is an early entry in a complete recording of Bach's cantatas undertaken by the Montréal Baroque. Conductor Eric Milnes opts for Joshua Rifkin's controversial "B minor madrigal" approach, with the four soloists joining together in the choral movements -- there is no choir. Many listeners, given the strong congregational resonances of the chorales on which most of the cantatas are based, may find this especially grating in the cantata repertory. Sample the tumultuous track 7 to see whether you like the effect. If you do, then you may wish to take note of new discs in the series as they appear. The cantatas are grouped intelligently; the three on this disc are big pieces for Michelmas, celebrating the final clash between the archangel Michael and Satan during the Apocalypse. They challenge the conductor with trumpets and drums that have to be balanced with the singers and kept clear in the texture. Milnes succeeds on both counts, and the soloists have medium-sized voices, without too much vibrato, that are right for this Sunday-morning repertory. One wishes for a bit more oomph from bass Stephan MacLeod in the aria "Der alte Drache brennt vor Neid," from the cantata "Herr Gott, dich loben alle Wir." One also wishes that the word "Drache" in the title of this aria had been accurately translated as "dragon" rather than as the archaic "serpent" texts are in German, French, and English. In general, however, the liner materials do a good job of introducing Bach's world, and the spacious but temperate SACD sound design of the disc is top-notch. For listeners convinced on the issue of one-voice-per-part performance -- and Canada's Atma label obviously is, for they're planning to devote 15 years to this series -- this Canadian release will be welcome news.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Atma Classique
  • UPC: 722056240123
  • Catalog Number: 22401
  • Sales rank: 208,360

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Cantata No. 130, "Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir," BWV 130 (BC A179) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Stephan MacLeod (15:55)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byEric Milnes
    Performed byStephan MacLeod, Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque Orchestra, Monika Mauch, Jan Kobow, David DQ Lee
    1. 1 Choral. Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir
    2. 2 Recitative. Ihr heller Glanz und hohe Weisheit zeigt
    3. 3 Aria. Der alte Drache brennt vor Neid
    4. 4 Recitative. Wohl aber uns, daß Tag und Nacht
    5. 5 Aria. Laß, o Fürst der Cherubinen
    6. 6 Choral. Darum wir billig loben dich
  2. 7–13 Cantata No. 19, "Es erhub sich ein Streit," BWV 19 (BC A180) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Stephan MacLeod (19:11)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byEric Milnes
    Performed byStephan MacLeod, Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque Orchestra, Monika Mauch, Jan Kobow, David DQ Lee
    1. 7 Choral. Es erhub sich ein Streit
    2. 8 Recitative. Gottlob! der Drache liegt
    3. 9 Aria. Gott schickt uns Mahanaim zu
    4. 10 Recitative. Was ist der schnöde Mensch, das Erdenkind?
    5. 11 Aria. Bleibt, ihr Engel, bleibt bei mir!
    6. 12 Recitative. Laßt uns das Angesicht
    7. 13 Choral. Laß dein Engel mit mir fahren
  3. 14–20 Cantata No. 149, "Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg," BWV 149 (BC A181) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Stephan MacLeod (18:55)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byEric Milnes
    Performed byStephan MacLeod, Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque Orchestra, Monika Mauch, Jan Kobow, David DQ Lee
    1. 14 Choral. Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg
    2. 15 Aria. Kraft und Stärke sei gesungen Gott
    3. 16 Recitative. Ich fürchte mich
    4. 17 Aria. Gottes Engel weichen nie
    5. 18 Recitative. Ich danke dir
    6. 19 Aria. Seid wachsam, ihr heiligen Wächter
    7. 20 Choral. Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
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