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Bach, J.S.: Cantatas BWV 140 & 147
 
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Bach, J.S.: Cantatas BWV 140 & 147

16 Oct 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 52:50
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  • ASIN: B001LXMHYC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,815 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fmint on 7 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Cantata 147 is a perfect piece of music written by a master composer for performance in the church of St. Thomas in Leipzig. The instrumental and vocal invention, both in terms of colour and melody, is quite astonishing (it would have been completed within 1 week if my music history is correct). Gardiner thinks he can improve on this by an unyielding dynamic overload more suited to the Classical period (Mozart, Beethoven, etc.). This intrusive and, in my view, incorrect approach renders the work irritable to listen to (which is the opposite to what it should be). As far as I am aware, dynamics in the Baroque period (Vivaldi, Bach, etc.) were restricted to soft and loud (over a short or lengthy passage). There is no deference to this here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Few of Bach's cantatas are better known than these, thanks to excerpts becoming well known. But there's much, much more to them than that. BWV140 is an absolute gem, and BWV147 has a lot more to offer than "Jesu, joy of man's desiring", the chorale made famous by Dame Myra Hess's piano transcription. These were released as part of Gardiner's 2000 Cantata Pilgrimage, although they were recorded long ago. They remain the best versions I've heard - although now that Gardiner has started to release the live recordings made during the pilgrimage on his own SDG (Soli Deo Gloria, and not Sod Deutsche Grammophon) label, I may have to change my mind (the first live recordings are excellent).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2007
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Of the two cantatas on offer on this disc the first, "Wachet Auf", has become hugely well known through innumerable alternative versions of its central movement, in which the choral melody is accompanied by an utterly charming string obbligato. As a whole work, however, it is not well represented in recordings, and does not often receive live performances. A brief survey of other discs currently available returned only the old Helmut Rilling recording from the 1960s, a more recent version by Harnoncourt, and some other sessions by ensembles I had never heard of. It has not yet appeared on Gardiner's beautifully packaged new versions, and Suzuki's Bach Collegium Japan have also neglected it thus far.

In all honesty, I must admit that their decisions seem justified when one engages with the music itself, as this is not Bach's finest hour. True, there are some moments of sublime inspiration, but much of "Wachet Auf" seems distinctly workmanlike: the opening chorus, for example, wears very thin very quickly, and the two duets between soprano and bass (representing the soul and Christ) seem fidgety and almost slightly rushed. The second cantata ("Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben") is a more ambitious and overall much more successful affair, with much more variety in its writing for chorus, and the solo arias offer the sort of quality one expects of Bach.

Given the lack of other options (at least ones recorded within the last decade), this disc would seem to be the best possible choice. However, there are some caveats. The performance overall is very polished and professional, and the chorus singing is excellent (if a little monochromatic), but it feels a little like a rushed job.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Oliveira on 8 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
The performance found on this CD is the best I've heard so far.

My favourite part is the openning choral, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" which starts with a breathtaking dialogue between strings and winds.

Choir and instruments are well balanced and allow for a very pleasant listening experience.

These are probably the most famous choral works from Bach, and they are a good starting point for anyone wanting to know his work.
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