- Cantata No. 86, "Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch," BWV 86 (BC A73)
- Cantata No. 87, "Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten," BWV 87 (BC A74)
- Cantata No. 97, "In allen meinen Taten," BWV 97 (BC A189)
- Cantata No. 44, "Sie werden euch in die Bann tun," BWV 44 (BC A78)
- Cantata No. 150, "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich," BWV 150 (BC B24)
- Cantata No. 183, "Sie werden euch in den Bann tun," BWV 183 (BC A79)
- Motet "Fürchte dich nicht", for 5 voices
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Aside from the gargantuan logistical problems of moving a chamber orchestra, chorus, soloists, and conductor, plus recording equipment with engineers and producers every week, the aesthetic challenges of John Eliot Gardiner's Bach cantata pilgrimage must have been colossal. Imagine: every week the musicians had to prepare and present three or more cantatas in performances that would bear repeated listenings at home. And yet Gardiner and his forces seem to have succeeded every time. In the two-disc volume 25 of the series, Gardiner includes three cantatas for the fifth Sunday after Easter and three for the Sunday after Ascension Day, and, as always before, they succeed in not only performing the works with smooth professionalism but also ardent enthusiasm. Take just "In allen meinen Taten, BWV 97." Its nine movements are wonderfully varied in tone and setting, but also totally unified through musical means. Gardiner and his forces capture both the variety and the unity of the work. Bass Stephen Loges' melancholy aria "Es kan mir nichts" with obbligato bassoon, tenor Steven Davislim's jaunty aria "Ich trause" with virtuoso solo violin, alto Robin Tyson's haunting recitative "Er wolle meiner Sünden," and soprano Katharine Fuge's joyous aria "Ihm hab ich mich ergeben" with a pair of obbligato oboes all form part of an organic whole here. Recorded in vivid sound, these performances will be mandatory listening for anyone who reveres Bach's cantatas.
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