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Bach: Cantatas Volume 55 + Bach: Cantatas Volume 54 [BWV14/ 100/ 197/ 197a] [Masaaki Suzuki] + Bach: Cantatas Volume 53 [BWV97/ 177/ 9] [Masaaki Suzuki] [BIS: BIS1991]
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  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B00EW62C9K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele BWV 69 - Various Performers
2. Freue dich, erlöste Schar BWV 30 - Various Performers
3. Gloria in excelsis Deo BWV 191 - Various Performers

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BIS 2031; BIS - Svezia; Classica vocale sacra Cantate


'Eighteen years later, this last CD is the pinnacle of an outstanding achievement...In SACD mode, which the Swedish record label BIS laudably retains, the effect is truly moving...The final Cantata of this complete series is uncannily apt: 'Gloria in Excelsis' indeed!' RECORDING OF THE MONTH ***** --BBC Music Magazine, December 2013

'In terms of clarity, accuracy and overall evenness, I find it hard to imagine that Suzuki's set will be displaced...Even in this final CD of the set, the singing and playing sets a standard of thoughtful reasonableness: nothing is too extreme and everything is beautifully balanced.' --Early Music Review, December 2013

'The BCJ has had to examine in great detail every aspect of every note of every movement of every cantata. This in itself has meant a very special collaborative engagement with the music. It shows in these three performances...One is also struck by the sense Suzuki has of each cantata's architecture, structure and form. Anticipation, reference and awareness of the tonality and instrumentation of what comes before and after informs the unfolding of each movement... This surely comes close to what Bach intended.' --MusicWeb International

'Musically, Volume 55 offers a sumptuous climax to the series, with some of Bach's finest choruses set off by blazing writing...The Gloria finds the members of Bach Collegium Japan at the tops of their game...The final chorus is a's utterly thrilling.' --International Record Review, January 2014

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henri N. Levinspuhl on 8 Dec. 2013
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Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan have kept their performances in an outstandingly high level throughout the whole cycle of Bach’s Sacred Cantatas, and the final volume of this series is no exception. From the earliest three cantatas – Suzuki recorded them in chronological order – to this last extant three, you will not find but reasons to praise, and praise is what sacred music is all about – to praise God through art. Since the dimensions of these works, both artistically and religiously, are unsurpassed, I will simply go obvious here, recommending the entire series to those who appreciate art in music, as well as to individuals inclined to glorify God artistically.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RDP(NZ) on 28 Nov. 2013
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Has it really been 18 years? I have looked forward to every issue, and have never been disappointed. Well done to Masaaki Suzuki and his orchestra, his soloists and his choir.
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Pure Joy 22 Nov. 2013
By Johannes Climacus - Published on
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What more need be said? This estimable series has gone from strength to strength, and the final volume transcends even the highest expectations. All three cantatas are among Bach's most stunning creations (BWV 30 was singled out by Schweitzer in his study of Bach as a work of astonishing strength and originality), and the performances are nothing short of revelatory. The four soloists are fully up to their tasks--and what demands Bach places upon them, particularly in BWV 30. But everyone seems to be in a state of grace here--the vocal ensemble, instrumental soloists, and of course the director, Masaaki Suzuki. A sense of euphoria pervades all three Cantatas. Now that this project has reached its end, Suzuki must be acclaimed as one of the great Bach interpreters of his, or any, generation. There are other superb Bachians--contemporary listeners are living a charmed existence in this regard--but on the evidence of the music-making in Vol. 55 (as in most of the previous volumes of the series), Suzuki has emerged as primus inter pares. I also find it appropriate that Suzuki chose to conclude the final volume with the cantata that recapitulates music from the Gloria of the B-Minor Mass. Yes, indeed: Gloria in excelsis Deo! May Maasaki Suzuki be blessed--as who have been following the series have been blessed.
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Spirited & Moving SACD of Celebratory Late Works of J.S. Bach - Beautifully Recorded. 17 April 2015
By W. Chiles - Published on
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This final installment in Suzuki's series of J.S. Bach cantata recordings contains 3 significant works each parodying some of the composer's earlier works. The most recognizable one being the concluding Gloria in Excelsis BWV 191 which largely duplicates the Gloria from the Mass in B-Minor taken from the 1733 Missa portion originally presented to the Elector of Saxony in 1733. The subsequent movement Gloria Patri is set to the Domine Deus of the greater Mass and the final Sicut Erat is based on its Cum Sancto. The excellent liner notes suggest that this piece, whose purposes remain mysterious, may well have been used in Leipzig on Christmas day 1745 to celebrate the treaty of Dresden, a significant event to the war weary residents. Whatever it's source & purpose it is delightful, powerful spirited music, well matched with its disc mates: the Lobe Den Herrn, Meine Seele BWV 69, a late period cantata performed in 1748 to celebrate the inauguration of Leipzig's new town council, and Freue Dich, Erlöste Schar BWV 30, intended for the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, June 24.

Each piece is celebratory in nature with brilliant use of trumpets and timpani. The musicians represent the state of the art in period performance, producing a much smoother and more attractive sound than many competing ensembles. Suzuki's choristers are equally qualified professional singers with clear attractive vocal production and agility. Soloists are all quite good although the bass sounds a bit wooly and less well defined than the soprano, tenor and counter-tenor. I prefer hearing the more full bodied sound of a female alto in solos but such is the practice of period ensembles to use male voices instead. The SACD sound improved as the series progressed and is simply outstanding. Listening to this on an appropriately equipped sound system is like being there in the chapel of the Kobe Shoin Womens' University. BIS deserves much credit for this outstanding series. I give this recording my highest recommendation and end this review with a quote from Masaaki Suzuki's contribution to the liner notes. "The collection of cantatas is a treasure for all human beings, a sacred book of religion and of spirituality. They have to be sung, and passed onto future generations forever. ...Soli Deo Gloria!"
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Five Stars 4 July 2014
By Beth Szilagyi - Published on
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Another excellent album from Masaaki Suzuki. He truly thinks outside the box.
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