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J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 70, 9, 182, Vol. 18 [Hybrid SACD]

Sigiswald Kuijken Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Accent Records
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the beginning there was great scepticism towards the thesis that Bach s sacred vocal works were originally written for solo voices. Now this interpretation is firmly established. With this edition of one cantata for each Sunday and the great feasts of the ecclesiastical year Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande strengthen this 'new' approach in their excellent performances. Vol. 18 offers three cantatas one for the twenty-sixth Sunday after Trinity, one for the sixth Sunday after Trinity and one for Palmarum. This volume of the complete edition brings the cycle, began in 2005, to a close.


**** / **** 'striking high-spots … Bach at his best, performed with great commitment.' --George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine June 2014

'...the real beauty of this music-making is immediately apparent, as is the extreme attention to every tiny detail which characterizes Kuijken s whole approach.' --Marc Rochester, IRR May 2014

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By C. Wake
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Kuijken has recorded BWV 9 before, five years before he began this Bach Cantata series. But that 1999 DHM disc began his single-voice performances of Bach, so duplicating the cantata now is a puzzle. There are very few changes; forces are much the same (three people take part in both recordings), so are tempi and phrasing. True, there is no 8-foot instrument in the 2012 version (in 1999 a double-bass played along with two (upright) cellos) but an organ thickens the bass line in both versions, limiting the difference.

There are some changes of mood but these hardly indicate progress. The engineers are partly responsible. In 1999 (a recording "based on" a concert) they recessed the band, making it sound bigger than it was, and highlighted the singers. The 2012 recording is much more "in your face": though made in a church in Louvain, it sounds like a studio recording. Everyone is on equal terms and the singers frequently disappear into the "concerto" texture. I think this is all to the good. Bach himself usually called his cantatas "concertos", and BWV 9 could easily be transformed into an engaging flute-and-oboe double concerto.

Less pleasingly, the close recording magnifies scrawny violin sound, and Kuijken's own rather lumpy cello-da-spalla playing - though it may be that the 2012 iteration of La Petite Bande is more purist about period technique than the 1999 group. Also less pleasing is the slight but telling loss of impetus in the lovely trio-sonata-like duet "Herr, du siehst statt" since 1999 (when the second voice was Magdalena Kozená, no less, though one would not guess it).
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