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Bach: Cantatas

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  • Performer: Elly Ameling, Dame Janet Baker, Theo Altmeyer, Hans Sotin
  • Orchestra: South German Madrigal Choir, Consortium Musicum
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Geraint Jones
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (8 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Double Forte
  • ASIN: B000002SD8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Chorus: Herz Und MundDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Recitative: Gebene Deiter Mund!Dame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Aria: Schäme DichDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Recitative: Verstokkung KannDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Aria: Bereite DirDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Chorale: Wohl MirDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Aria: Hilf, Jesu, HilfDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Recitative: Der HöchstenDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Aria: Ich Will Von JesuDame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cantata No. 147, 'Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben' Bwv147 (1995 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Chorale: Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude (Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring)Dame Joan Sutherland/Helen Watts/Wilfred Brown/Thomas Hemsley/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra/Geraint Jones 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Jesu, meine FreudeGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Es ist nun nichtsGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Unter deinem SchirmenGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Denn das Gesetz des GeistesGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 1:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Trotz dem alten DrachenGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlichGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Weg mit allen SchatzenGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): So aber Christus in euch istGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Gute nacht, O WesenGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): So nun der GeistGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Motet "Jesu, Meine Freude", BWV 227 (1995 Digital Remaster): Weicht, ihr TraugergeisterGeraint Jones/Geraint Jones Singers/Geraint Jones Orchestra 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Chor)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 8:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Er kommt, der Bräut'gam kommt (Rezitativ: Tenor)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 1:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Wann kommst du, mein Heil? (Duett: Sopran - Bass)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 6:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Zion hört die Wächter singen (Choral)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): V. So geh' herein zu mir (Rezitativ: Tenor)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): VI. Mein Freund ist mein! (Duett: Sopran - Bass)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 6:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" Kantate BWV 140 (1989 Digital Remaster): VII. Gloria sei dir gesungen (Chor)Elly Ameling/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): I. Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott (Chor)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 7:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): II. Mit unsrer macht (Duett Sopran - Bass)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): III. Erwäge doch, Kind Gottes (Rezitativ Bass)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): IV. Komm in mein Herzenshaus (Arie Bass)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): V. Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär' (Chor)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): VI. So stehe denn bei Christi blutgetränkter Fahne (Rezitativ Tenor)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Kantate "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott" BWV 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): VII. Wie selig sind doch die (Duett Alt - Tenor)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Kantate "Eine Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott" Bwv 80 (1995 Digital Remaster): VIII. Das Wort Sie Sollen Lassen Stahn (Chor)Elly Ameling/Dame Janet Baker/Theo Altmeyer/Hans Sotin/Süddeutscher Madrigalchor/Consortium Musicum/Wolfgang Gönnenwein 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 


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In two classic recordings from 1957 and 1967, conductors Geraint Jones and Wolfgang Gonnenwein, two first-rate choirs and some of the century's top soloists combine to give performances that exemplify the ideal of modern, pre-period-revival Bach. But even period-performance enthusiasts will appreciate these full-blooded, passionate, yet well-balanced, elegantly shaped interpretations, that simply remind us that Bach's music can brilliantly shine in different contexts. --David Vernier

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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Wonderful 12 Feb 2014
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I had these cantatas on LPs many years ago and was so pleased to find them on cd.

Yes the sound quality is a little dated and the performances are not historically informed.
But the singers are absolutely wonderful, the playing is beautiful, and each cantata is performed so well in accordance with its character. Wachet auf is sensual but logical with such a clear structure to the opening section, Ein feste burg has such grandeur and energy.

You just gotta hear these performances....enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just museum pieces 24 Nov 2013
By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have already posted this review elsewhere, but as this work has been reissued a number of times and in various formats, I thought that it might be useful to add it as appropriate. Others will, no doubt, have written authoritatively about the quality of the recording or the transfer, but I have confined myself largely to the merits of the performance.

With the release of the complete Bach cantatas by John Eliot Gardiner and Masaaki Suzuki, these recordings, made in 1957 (in Abbey Road) and 1967 (in the Stadthalle, Marbach) now seem something like museum pieces. It is certainly true that they are far from "authentic" performances, but they each have a great deal to offer, not least in terms of artistic sensitivity and singing.

The first disc shows its age more than the second; it features the cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" (BWV 147) and the motet "Jesu, meine Freude" (BMV 227), more familiarly known as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". Chorales were an important structural influence in Bach's work and they pervade the entire piece here. The cantata also concludes with a famous setting of this closing chorale.

The Geraint Jones Singers and Orchestra perform well under their conductor, but it would be foolish to pretend that this would be a first choice recording of this work. The solo singing is, however, something else. Thomas Hemsley's rather light baritone may be something of an acquired taste, but he is unfailingly musical in all he does and Helen Watts and Wilfred Brown are very fine indeed in their arias. The star of the show, however, is the young Joan Sutherland, whose performance of "Bereite dir, Jesu" is quite ravishing and is bereft of the idiosyncracies which marred some of her later recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a beam of light in a dark sea 12 Dec 2001
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my 4 star rating is really only for Sutherland's performance of the aria Bereite dich Zion. Her tone is luminous and effortless compared to others who have recorded the aria. The other performances of the cantata and magnificat are too much of their time to bear repeated listening these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stuff 6 Feb 2005
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I am a relative newcomer to Bach's cantatas, so this review might not carry much gravitas but anyone's free to contradict me. I thought this was an excellent recording of some of Bach's most loved and well known cantatas, and this double-disc offers excellent value for money. Cantata 147 was superb, and thankfully was not sung in English as I have heard before but in German obviously as it should be -I go crazy hearing "Jesu Joy of Man's Desire" in english the German sounds so much better and this version is a case in point, with a really vibrant orchestral accompaniment instead of a laboured organ which I have heard before. This chorus is so good, Bach included it twice in BWV 147 and it really is a joy.

The second cantata on the first disc is BWV 227, the motet "Jesu meine Freude". I knew nothing of this beforehand and was delighted to find out that it contains all choruses and corales with no recititatives which I find to be a bit boring (queue sound of purists turning in their graves).The choir here is uniformly excellent

The second disc begins with BWV 140 "Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme". I have a particular love and interest for this cantata having sung it recently and this is how it's meant to be sung- the South German Madrigal Choir's execution is far better than our unbalanced amatuer one! The tricky "Wachet Auf" chorus is handled effortlessly and perfectly with the "alleluia" bit toward the end absolutley superb. The two soprano/bass duets are also brillaint but the undoubted highlight of this cantata comes with the final corale "Gloria sie dir gesungen". This contains such joy and sheer beauty it must be heard to be believed. Translated, one of the lines reads "With men's and angel's tongues" and this sounds like choirs of angels. The finale with the sopranos hitting strong soaring high notes is hairs on the back of the neck stuff.

I know nothing about BWV 80 but to this amatuer it sounded excellent with the opening chorus a joy, punctuated with triumphant french horn throughout.The cantata is routinely excellent throughout.

I would definitely reccomend this cd to classical lovers in general and to Bach lovers in particular
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Bach 18 Aug 2005
By LuelCanyon - Published on Amazon.com
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These somewhat older recordings of three of Bach's greatest cantatas deliver superb music making! Cantata 147 features memorably articulate, vibrant and focused singing by a young Joan Sutherland; the performance of the famous chorale, though taken perhaps a tad slow, richly serves the incumbent spirituality of Bach's music. Better the understatement found here than the racing tempi that ruin at least four other major versions I have. Gardner's tempi are acceptable, but the playing is not as focused as it is under these conductors. The orchestras here are pliant and attentive, partnering splendid singing with a devoted sense of intimacy. Altmeyer, Baker & Ameling are especially fine soloists in the other two cantatas. I've heard many performances of Bach's cantatas and consider these among the very best recorded versions. With so many recordings of the cantatas available, one would think there should be many musically fine editions from which to choose and be content, but memorable performances are rare enough indeed. Music making of this kind quashes an already notoriously thin controversy with respect to period instruments and style. This is music verily from the inside out, nothing less. It's a delight to experience from beginning to end. A separate chorale version of 'Jesu, meine Freude' (with slightly altered melodic cadence) is an unexpected additional treat. Don't hesitate, for Bach's sake!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wept 11 Jan 2006
By Brian Mustain - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I bought this CD for the Cantata 140, the entire CD has been a powerful source of pleasure and joy. The chorale prelude version of Cantata 140 was used as the bridesmaids' music at our wedding, and our best man sang the "Zion hoert" movement--so I already had a sentimental attachment to the music. But I'd heard it off and on for several decades before purchasing this CD. And my initial (as well as current) feeling was that 140 on these discs was almost obscenely too slow. And yet, on at least two occasions, I sat in traffic while tears filled my eyes as I listened to it. It's a magical performance, even if it is too slow.

And the other cantatas (there are two sets of performers on the discs) are nearly as inspired. I especially like the "Ein Feste Burg," one of whose sort of Vivaldi-esque movement is so thrilling that, in spite of my moral objections to such practices (if you've read C. S. Lewis's "Perelandra," you'll know what I'm referring to), I've been known to play over and over and over again.

I have bought this disc for several of my grown children. I recommend it without reserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still wonderful after all these years 21 Nov 2012
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I purchased the Gonnenwien recordings of cantatas 140 and 80, years ago on an Seraphim LP. It was my introduction to the Bach cantatas and I was thrilled. Now after hearing these same performances remastered for CD, the thrill is still there. The clarity of the recording and glorious singing remind us of a period now gone by, but are still very valid and, frankly, just sound right(however unHIPster that comment may be)! The Jones performances recorded a decade earlier are a wonderful bonus for this listener. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three choral cantatas in historical recordings 8 Feb 2013
By Anton Zimmerling - Published on Amazon.com
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I am adding my voice to the five-star reviews above.

The same compilation of J.S.Bach's cantatas BWV 80, 140, 147 and the motet BWV 227 is available in a different package as Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140, 147; Jesu, meine Freude. If I not mistaken, the older `Double forte' 2-CD series (see this 2-CD set) corresponds to the new `Gemini' 2-CD package.

The two recordings of BWV 140 and BWV 80 made by Wolfgang Gönnenwein in 1967 and included here, belong to the very best ones in the discography of these works. The conducting is firm without sounding pedestrian. As most conductors, Gönnenwein uses in BWV 80 the orchestration with three trumpets and timpani, likely added by J.S. Bach's son, Wilhelm Friedemann. It works here: the trumpets add the aggression in the noisy and militant first chorus of BWV 80 and are not felt as a pure decoration. The vocalists in BWV 80, 140 are excellent. The most famous of them are Janet Baker and Elly Ameling, but I would specially praise the bass Hans Sotin (unfortunately, his name does not appear on the front cover and in the amazon tags to this item): so well-trained deep voices are seldom heard in Bach's cantatas.

The recording of BWV 147 made by Geraint Jones (more remembered as an organist than as a conductor) in 1957, is not in the same league, but here you get Joan Sutherland in the soprano aria `Bereite dich, Zion'. Although this is not idiomatic Bach singing - many modern purists (not me) would blame Sutherland's vibrato and prefer more thin, boyish sounding voices, it is beautiful. The alto (Helen Watts) and tenor soloists are really good. The baritone Thomas Hemsley has intonation problems.
All three cantatas are based on famous Lutheran chorals, `Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott' (BWV 80), "Sleepers, awake" (BWV 140) and "Jesu, Joy of Man's desiring" (BWV 147).

The filler in this compilation is Gönnenwein's recording of J.S.Bach's motet BWV 227.

The same Gönnenwein's recordings of BWV 140 and BWV 80 are also available in a different package, cf. Bach: Cantatas BWV 80, 140, 147; Jesu, meine Freude and Les Grandes Cantates. BWV 140 has also been reissued in a combination with BWV 106 and 78 (all with Gönnenwein)on EMI 25 21282. But unless you specially interested in Gönnenwein's performances of BWV 78 and 106, cf. J.s. Bach - Two Cantatas Bwv 78 Bwv 106 Wolfgang Gonnenwein Consortium Musicum, buy the reviewed item or its 'Gemini' replica.
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