With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat... --(International Record Review on Volume 40, BIS-SACD-1671).
While John Eliot Gardiner's great Bach Pilgrimage in 27 two-disc volumes has been honoured by a special Gramophone award, Masaaki Suzuki's more protracted cycle (on one CD at a time) continues, reaching Vol 49 with four wonderful cantatas from 1728-29. These are all compact works using music that became familiar: the D minor harpsichord concerto (here for organ), and the chorus that became the Patrem omnipotentem of the late B minor mass. Performances are maybe cool but very committed, and one track has a hypnotic allure: Gerd Türk's tenor aria "Herr, so weit die Wolken gehen" from BWV 171, with two perfectly duetting violins. --Observer,16/10/11
Eclipsing all is the aria.(The) tenor weaving Bach s logical counterpoint into unison strings and bass, choral sopranos interjecting lines of a chorale melody-and all bathed in the ethereal acoustic of the Kobe Shoin Chapel. I would buy the disc for this alone. Recording balance and quality, especially in optional SACD, match the sustained excellence of the whole volume. Performance ***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Dec'11
After 15 years since Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan began recording all of Bachs church cantatas, this huge project enters the final stretch with its 49th volume. In the present volume Suzuki has gathered four works from 1728-29, with the texts all written by the poet Christian Friedrich Henrici a regular collaborator with Bach, most famously on the St Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio. The four works gathered here hint at the variety that may have characterized the Bach-Picander cantata year, with moods spanning from the jubilation of the New Year Cantata BWV171 to the anticipation of Jesus path of suffering in Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem, BWV159, intended for the Sunday before Passiontide. There is also variety on a more technical level, with BWV188 and BWV156 both beginning with instrumental sinfonias featuring important solo parts for organ and oboe respectively. The latest volumes from the cantatas series have been met with considerable critical acclaim. With Volume 46 being made a Critics Choice in Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine singling out both Volume 47 and 48 as Choral & Song Choice of the Month.