J.S. Bach: Early Cantatas, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Lean and austere, yet deeply felt and profoundly spiritual, the first volume in Chandos' series of recordings of Bach's early "Cantatas" is a complete success. With one player and one singer per part, these are chamber music-scaled performances: it is quite lean and very austere. But that's fine: the musicians are all superb and the music benefits from their individual attention. Indeed, it gains immensely in intensity when a single musician is responsible for each part. Better yet, the music gains enormously in lyricism when those musicians are of the caliber performing here. The Purcell Quartet is arguably the best Baroque chamber ensemble in England and it is augmented...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Lean and austere, yet deeply felt and profoundly spiritual, the first volume in Chandos' series of recordings of Bach's early "Cantatas" is a complete success. With one player and one singer per part, these are chamber music-scaled performances: it is quite lean and very austere. But that's fine: the musicians are all superb and the music benefits from their individual attention. Indeed, it gains immensely in intensity when a single musician is responsible for each part. Better yet, the music gains enormously in lyricism when those musicians are of the caliber performing here. The Purcell Quartet is arguably the best Baroque chamber ensemble in England and it is augmented here with equally fine additional players. The singers are all among the best in early music in England and soprano Emma Kirkby has long been among the finest in the world. Together, the singers and players create performances that are not only supremely musical but deeply felt and profoundly spiritual. The sheer terror of "Christ lag in Todes Banden" is unrelenting and the clear consolation of "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" is all-suffusing. Chandos' sound is righteous and immediate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115071526
  • Catalog Number: 715
  • Sales rank: 162,734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–8 Cantata No. 4, "Christ lag in Todes Banden," BWV 4 (BCA 54) - Martin Luther & Johann Sebastian Bach (20:56)
  2. 9–14 Cantata No. 131, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir," BWV 131 (BC B25) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Rachel Beckett (23:33)
  3. 15–22 Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18) - Martin Luther & Johann Sebastian Bach (20:23)
  4. 23–27 Cantata No. 196, "Der Herr denket an uns," BWV 196 (BC B11) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Rachel Beckett (11:43)
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