Bach: Solo Cantatas

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink is a remarkably versatile singer, but she has devoted the bulk of her career to the music of the Baroque. Her impeccable technique, fluent coloratura, and warm, pure tone make this an ideal repertoire for her. She tends to convey a sense of dignity that can come across as reserve. When called upon, as in more emotionally charged repertoire, she can generate the necessary passion, but her naturally dignified musical demeanor ideally suits these Bach cantatas. The three are thematically related in their earnest theological certainty, tied to the believer's personal experience and feelings. Fink is able to convey the seriousness of their subject ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink is a remarkably versatile singer, but she has devoted the bulk of her career to the music of the Baroque. Her impeccable technique, fluent coloratura, and warm, pure tone make this an ideal repertoire for her. She tends to convey a sense of dignity that can come across as reserve. When called upon, as in more emotionally charged repertoire, she can generate the necessary passion, but her naturally dignified musical demeanor ideally suits these Bach cantatas. The three are thematically related in their earnest theological certainty, tied to the believer's personal experience and feelings. Fink is able to convey the seriousness of their subject matter while expressing the believer's deeply emotional yearning for the bliss of union with God. She handles Bach's extended melismatic lines with supple lyricism and a radiant serenity, and her tone is warm, pure, and even throughout her range. The organ has an especially large role in these cantatas, often weaving through the vocal lines in an expressive obbligato, and Wolfgang Zerer plays with subtlety and sensitivity. Violinist Petra Müllejans leads Freiburger Barockorchester in a performance of exceptional flexibility and tonal warmth. Vocalconsort Berlin sings the concluding movement of one of the cantatas with a beautifully mellow blend. Harmonia Mundi's sound is clean, with a spacious ambience that still manages to feel intimate.
BBC Music Magazine - Paul Riley
Fink's 'Vergnügte Ruh' is glorious: she floats the opening aria's long lines with the soaring nobility of a Janet Baker, potently complemented by the supple instrumental gravitas of the Freiburgers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 794881908820
  • Catalog Number: 902016
  • Sales rank: 155,539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–7 Cantata No. 169, "Gott soll allein mein Herze haben," BWV 169 (BC A143) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Freiburger Barockorchester (24:50)
  2. 8–12 Cantata No. 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 (BC A106) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Freiburger Barockorchester (24:18)
  3. 13–19 Cantata No. 35, "Geist und Seele wird verwirret," BWV 35 (BC A125) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Freiburger Barockorchester (27:02)
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Bernarda Fink Primary Artist
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