Bach for Japan

Bach for Japan

by Bach Collegium Japan


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Since the 1990s, Masaaki Suzuki has been one of the world's leading figures in period performances of the works of J.S. Bach, and his historically informed recordings of the cantatas with the Bach Collegium Japan have received universal praise. This compilation of arias, organ chorales, and instrumental sinfonias is an offering of hope and consolation to the people of Japan, who were devastated by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster at Fukushima in March 2011. The sensitively chosen program is meditative and inspirational, and the mix of instrumental and vocal music is quite soothing and peaceful, to fit the intended mood of reflection. The most familiar selections are the Sinfonia from "BWV 156," known in other arrangements as the Arioso, and the popular "Air on the G string" from the "Orchestral Suite No. 3." The sound of the compilation is transparent, finely detailed, and well-balanced, so the album's volume is evenly adjusted through the 15 tracks, which were recorded between 1995 and 2010. Royalties from this album go to TOHOKU HELP, the Sendai Christian Alliance Disaster Relief Network, with a matching donation from BIS Records.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2012
Label: Bis
UPC: 7318590020111
catalogNumber: 2011
Rank: 263125


  1. Komm, Jesu, komm, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 229 (BC C3)
  2. Cantata No. 159, "Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem," BWV 159 (BC A50): 4: aria
  3. Cantata No. 105, "Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht," BWV 105 (BC A114): 3: aria
  4. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 41), BWV 639 (BC K68)
  5. Cantata No. 151, "Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt," BWV 151 (BC A17): 1: aria
  6. Cantata No. 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 (BC A106): 1: aria
  7. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 43), BWV 641 (BC K70)
  8. Cantata No. 115, "Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit," BWV 115 (BC A156): 4: aria
  9. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  10. Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): 3a: aria / Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies Sein
  11. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 727 (BC K109)
  12. Cantata No. 127, "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott," BWV 127 (BC A49): 3: aria
  13. Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina
  14. Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): 2: aria & chorale
  15. Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia

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