J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 22

J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 22

by Ton Koopman


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J.S. Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 22

The 22nd and final volume in Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir's series of recordings of Bach's cantatas includes two of his final Lutheran cantatas, all four of his short Catholic masses based on movements taken from earlier cantatas, and an early secular version of one of the sacred cantatas plus arrangements of two movements of the other sacred cantata by Bach's son Wilhelm Friedemann. And like every other volume in this series, it is a thorough-going triumph. In the extremely well-known "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott" (A mighty fortress is our God) BWV 80, Koopman and his forces turn in a performance as celebratory as it is soulful. In the extravagantly festive "Freue dich, erlöste Schar" (Be happy, saved crowd) BWV 30 -- or in the equally extravagantly festive "Angenehmes Wiedrau" (Most charming Wiedrau) BWV 30a as it's known in its secular transformation -- their performances are as sublime as they are joyous. In all four masses, their performances are as devotional as they are musical. And in W.F. Bach's take on his father's music, their performances are as insightful as they are individualistic. Anyone who enjoys Bach's music will enjoy this volume, or, for that matter, any other volume in Koopman's cantata series. If you can only collect one cycle of Bach's cantatas, this is the one to get. As T.S. Eliot once said in another context, Antonie Marchand's sound is here, now, always.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
Label: Challenge
UPC: 0608917222227
catalogNumber: 72222


  1. Cantata No. 80, "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," BWV 80 (BC A183)
  2. Mass for 4 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G major, BWV 236 (BC E4)
  3. Cantata No. 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar," BWV 30 (BC A178)
  4. Mass for 3 voices, chorus, orchestra & continuo in F major, BWV 233 (BC E6)
  5. Mass for 3 voices, chorus, 2 flutes, strings & continuo in A major, BWV 234 (BC E3)
  6. Gaudate omnes populi, cantata (after J.S. Bach BWV 80): 1. Chorus. Gaudete omnes populi
  7. Gaudate omnes populi, cantata (after J.S. Bach BWV 80): 5. Chorale. Manebit verbum Domini
  8. Cantata No. 30a, "Angenehmes Wiederau, freue dich in deinen Auen," BWV 30a (BC G31)
  9. Mass for 3 voices, chorus, 2 oboes, strings & continuo in G minor, BWV 235 (BC E5)

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