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Bach: Cantatas

Joshua Rifkin Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 1. SonatinaThe Bach Ensemble 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 2a. Chorus: "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit"Jan Opalach 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 2b. Arioso: "Ach Herr, lehre uns bedenken"The Bach Ensemble 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 2c. Aria: "Bestelle dein Haus"The Bach Ensemble 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 2d. Chorus and Arioso: "Es ist der alte Bund"Jan Opalach 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 3. "In deine Hände befehl' ich meinen Geist"Jan Opalach 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit" - 4. Chor: "Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit"The Bach Ensemble 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV131 - 1. Chor: Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dirJan Opalach 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV131 - 2. Aria & Choral: So du wilt, Herr, Sünde zurechnenThe Bach Ensemble 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV131 - 3. Chor: Ich harre des HerrnThe Bach Ensemble 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV131 - 4. Aria & Choral: Meine Seele wartet auf den HerrnThe Bach Ensemble 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV131 - 5. Chor: Israel, hoffe auf den HerrnThe Bach Ensemble 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV99 - 1. Chorus: Was Gott thut, das ist wohlgethanThe Bach Ensemble 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV99 - 2. Recit: Sein Wort der Wahrheit stehet festThe Bach Ensemble 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV99 - 3. Aria: Erschütt're dich, nur nicht, verzagte SeeleThe Bach Ensemble 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV99 - 4. Recit: Nun, der von Ewigkeit geschloss'ne bundThe Bach Ensemble 1:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV99 - 5. Aria-Duet: Wenn des Kreuzes BitterkeitenThe Bach Ensemble 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV99 - 6. Chorus: Was Gott thut, das ist wohlgethanThe Bach Ensemble 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen Cantata, BWV 56 - 1. Aria: "Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen"The Bach Ensemble 6:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen Cantata, BWV 56 - 2. Recitativo: "Mein Wandel auf der Welt"Jan Opalach 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen Cantata, BWV 56 - 3. Aria: "Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch"Jan Opalach 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen Cantata, BWV 56 - 4. Recitativo: "Ich stehe fertig und bereit"The Bach Ensemble 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen Cantata, BWV 56 - 5. Choral: "Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder"The Bach Ensemble 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 - 1. Aria: Ich habe genug, ich habe den HeilandThe Bach Ensemble 6:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 - 2. Recitativo: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur alleinJan Opalach 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 - 3. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten AugenThe Bach Ensemble 9:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 - 4. Recitativo: Mein Gott! wann kommt das schöne Nun!The Bach Ensemble0:51£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. J.S. Bach: Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 - 5. Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen TodJan Opalach 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. J.S. Bach: Der Friede sei mit dir: Cantata, BWV 158 - 1. Recit: Der Friede sei mit dirJan Opalach 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. J.S. Bach: Der Friede sei mit dir: Cantata, BWV 158 - 2. Aria & Choral: Welt, ade, ich bin dein müdeThe Bach Ensemble 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. J.S. Bach: Der Friede sei mit dir: Cantata, BWV 158 - 3. Recit: Nun Herr, regiere meinen SinnThe Bach Ensemble 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. J.S. Bach: Der Friede sei mit dir: Cantata, BWV 158 - 4. Choral: Hier ist das rechte OsterlammJan Opalach 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph 12 Jun 2007
By Stephen McLeod - Published on Amazon.com
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Joshua Rifkin and the Bach Ensemble have produced the most important recordings of Bach cantatas in the last 20 years, give or take. In 1986, the idea that Bach did not use choirs to sing his choruses, but gave that task to the singers also used as soloists so that each part in the chorale movements are sung by one voice, was controversial. Since then, however, Rifkin seems to have been vindicated, and modified versions of Rifkin's theory have been utilized in performances by, not only Rifkin the Bach Ensemble, but also by others including Andrew Parrot (who wrote a book about it) and Ton Koopman.

The resulting sound from performances where the OVPP method is engaged is radically different from that on full-chorus performances. For one thing, voices are allowed a great deal more room for individual expression - ornaments, dynamics, when to use their vibrato's and when not to. Additionally, choirs have a full, uniform ripeness of sound, that has never seemed quite right in the cantatas (as opposed to the St. Matthew Passion for example). The harmony and counterpoint on most of the cantatas, as well as the precision of musical ideas and the extremely limited instrumental parts - in many movements, there is nothing more than an oboe or a pair of recorders plus continuo - belie an intimacy that big choirs and orchestras (or even little choirs and orchestras) cannot capture by definition.

Included here are six works, including cantata number 106, "Actus tragicus", which is one of Bach's most profound works and three cantatas for bass solo. including the well-known "Ich habe genung." For these three alone, this recording would be indispensible. As it is, the six cantatas recorded here seem not only deeply beautiful, they are definitive. I will never hear 106 again without comparison to Rifkin's. Ditto the bass cantatas. It's hard to imagine anyone more suited than Jan Opalach to sing the bass parts of these works.

Rifkin's first recording of six "favorite" cantatas was problematic for many listeners because of a number of problems. The singing was excellent in places and not so in others. The sound engineering was generally no asset. But that CD set remains indispensible. Most of the sound and all of the singing issues are resolved here. I recommend following along with the texts at first so as to "get" Bach's allusions and compositional technique for each work. Once you become familiar, though, what a joy it is just to close your eyes and be transported to the land of "the persistent sublime."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth having 6 Jan 2009
By grozny - Published on Amazon.com
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Rifkin's Bach is different, not only for the extreme clarity of musical line and texts due to the use of one voice per line in the chorus, but to Rifkin's brisk and lively tempi. His is one on the few modern recordings of BWV106's openning chorus that resembles the old Scherchen. Purely a matter of taste, but definately worth having. At the price, it's a bargain. The solists are not always first rate, but they're good. Be advised that the second disc is essentially the same material as on Kooy's all basso cantata disc, but Rifkin's Bach remains all his own. The bass, however, lacks the emotion of some of the best solists.

Anyone who is truly responsive to the Bach cantatas cannot be satisfied with only one performance of any of the great ones. If Rifkin is not your first choice, it still should be in any Bach collection.
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