III (see adjacent review). Best of the dozen cantatas in it, I think, are the six cantatas BWV 1,4,6,12,104 and 182, while #s 92, 126, 67 and
108 are very good. Less renowned than #s 1 and 4, #182 breathes pastoral paradise with a recorder led Sinfonia and an ambiance similar to BWV 106. It is definitely pantheonic with #s 8 and 31, #4 is primarily choral and somber; #1 contains a great short sinfonia with horns ("how
brightly shines the morning star"); #6 contains another great opening chorus and adds a fine aria with cello obbligato.
#12 is the funereal "Weinen Klagen". #104 is short but beautiful. The performances are uniformly excellent. Soloists include Edith Mathis, Anna Reynolds, Peter Schreier, Ernst Haeflige, Dietrich Fischer Dieakau, and Theo Adam. I prefer
Reynolds to the more often used Hertha Topper. Reynolds also sang in the only Richter/Munich concert I heard-a memorable B Minor Mass
in Boston ca.1970. Apparently the five cantata volumes are difficult to locate separately at the moment, but they are well worth the search.