J.S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas

J.S. Bach: Christmas Cantatas

by Kevin Mallon
     
 

In composing his cycles of cantatas for the Lutheran church year, Johann Sebastian Bach naturally devoted some of his most joyous music to the Advent season. The prevailing mood is evident even from the titles of the three works featured on this disc: "Schwingt freudig euch empor," BWV 36 (Ring joyfully out to the stars on high); "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn!… See more details below

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In composing his cycles of cantatas for the Lutheran church year, Johann Sebastian Bach naturally devoted some of his most joyous music to the Advent season. The prevailing mood is evident even from the titles of the three works featured on this disc: "Schwingt freudig euch empor," BWV 36 (Ring joyfully out to the stars on high); "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn!," BWV 132 (Make ready the ways, make ready the path!); and "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," BWV 61 (Now come, Saviour of the peoples). Toronto's Aradia Ensemble, led by Kevin Mallon, experiments with different period performance style options on this thoroughly enjoyable recording. Throughout, a single instrumentalist performs on each part, transforming the works into chamber music. On "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland," a small chorus is used, but "Schwingt freudig" is even more intimate, with one vocalist per part in the choruses. Naturally, the results are very different from what we usually hear: less robust, perhaps, but scarcely less spiritual. The approach, which puts every performer in the full spotlight, requires especially fine musicianship. This recording does not disappoint; most of the vocal soloists, especially soprano Teri Dunn and countertenor Matthew White, are more than up to the task, and Wash McClain plays the oboe d'amore solos with beautiful, expressive tone. An instrumental suite of Bach's treatments of the "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" chorale is also included, and it's all recorded with a nice, churchlike touch of resonance to the sound. At a budget price, this is a lovely chance to hear Bach's cantatas in an intriguingly different way.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943482520
catalogNumber:
8554825

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  1. No. 1, Schwingt freudig euch empor
  2. No. 2, Aria: Die Liebe zieht mit sanften Schritten
  3. No. 3, Aria: Sei mir willkommen, werter Schatz
  4. No. 4, Aria: Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen
  5. No. 5, Choral: Wie bin ich doch so herzlich froh
  6. No. 1, Aria: Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn
  7. No. 2, Recitativo: Willst du dich Gottes Kind
  8. No. 3, Aria: Wer bist du?
  9. No. 4, Recitativo: Ich will, mein Gott
  10. No. 5, Aria: Christi Glieder, ach bedenket
  11. No. 6, Choral: Ertöt uns durch deine Güte
  12. [Unspecified] Instrumental Suite: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
  13. No. 1, Ouverture
  14. No. 2, Recitativo: Der Heiland, ist gekommen
  15. No. 3, Aria: Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche
  16. No. 4, Recitativo: Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tür
  17. No. 5, Aria: Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze
  18. No. 6, Amen: Komm du schöne Freudenkrone

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