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Bach: Cantatas for Christmas
     

Bach: Cantatas for Christmas

by John Eliot Gardiner
 
This box set, released in 2012, is a compilation of recordings pertaining to the Christmas season from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage undertaken at the turn of the millennium by conductor John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the authentic-instrument English Baroque

Overview

This box set, released in 2012, is a compilation of recordings pertaining to the Christmas season from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage undertaken at the turn of the millennium by conductor John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the authentic-instrument English Baroque Soloists. The group toured churches in Europe (ending up in America), performing all of Bach's cantatas on liturgically appropriate days. Each release back then, for no very good reason, featured a Third World child on the cover, similar to the one shown in the graphics for this release. Gardiner's cantata cycle, underwritten by none other than the Prince of Wales, is noteworthy for its warm sound, its fervor, and its engagement with the texts of the cantatas. Each release in the cycle featured an extensive exegesis from Gardiner himself, setting the meaning of the cantatas performed against the experience of the musicians in performing them. With this box, you get a much abridged version, and you miss a good deal of the immediacy of the performances, which is their main virtue: for contrapuntal clarity, vocal spectacle, historical erudition, and so forth, there are other places to go. On the plus side, the music hangs together simply because it is thematically related, and you get a good taste of what Gardiner's set is all about. If money is no object, try out some individual releases in the cycle; for a strong budget choice in the most human and humane of the major Bach cantata cycles, this is fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Soli Deo Gloria
UPC:
0843183017829
catalogNumber:
178

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Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 58, "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid," BWV 58 (BC A26)
  2. Cantata No. 153, "Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind," BWV 153 (BC A25)
  3. Cantata No. 123, "Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen," BWV 123 (BC A28)
  4. Cantata No. 65, "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen," BWV 65 (BC A27)
  5. Cantata No. 171, "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm," BWV 171 (BC A24)
  6. Cantata No. 16, "Herr Gott, dich loben wir," BWV 16 (BC A23)
  7. Cantata No. 41, "Jesu, nun sei gepreiset," BWV 41 (BC A22)
  8. Cantata No. 143, "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele" (doubtful), BWV 143 (BC T99)
  9. Cantata No. 190, "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied," BWV 190 (BC A21)
  10. Cantata No. 28, "Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende," BWV 28 (BC A20)
  11. Cantata No. 122, "Das neugeborne Kindelein," BWV 122 (BC A19)
  12. Cantata No. 152, "Tritt auf due Glaubensbahn," BWV 152 (BC A18)
  13. Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, motet for chorus, BWV 225 (BC C1)
  14. Cantata No. 133, "Ich freue mich in dir," BWV 133 (BC A16)
  15. Cantata No. 151, "Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt," BWV 151 (BC A17)
  16. Cantata No. 64, "Sehet, welch eine Liebe," BWV 64 (BC A15)
  17. Cantata No. 57, "Selig ist der Mann," BWV 57 (BC A14)
  18. Cantata No. 40, "Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes," BWV 40 (BCA 12)
  19. Cantata No. 121, "Christum wir sollen loben schon," BWV 121 (BC A13)
  20. Cantata No. 110, "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens," BWV 110 (BC A10)
  21. Cantata No. 91, "Gelobet seist su, Jesu Christ," BWV 91 (BC A9)
  22. Cantata No. 63, "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag," BWV 63 (BC A8)
  23. Cantata No. 191, "Gloria in excelsis Deo," BWV 191 (BC E16)

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