- Conductor: Helmuth Rilling
- Composer: JS BACH
- Audio CD (19 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 72
- Format: Box set
- Label: Haenssler Classics
- ASIN: B004K583KA
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Complete Cantatas (Special Edition) Box set
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Box set containing the complete cantatas of Bach. As well as the tracks listed it also includes 'Ach Gott, Vom Himmel Sieh Darein, BWV2', 'Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV5', 'Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben, BWV8', 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV12', 'Herr Gott, dich loben wir, BWV16' and 'O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV20', amongst others.
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Helmuth Rilling was the first person ever to record all the cantatas. He actually didn't set out with this in mind, but it sort of worked out that way. The whole thing took over 20 years to do, and the later performances were more informed by the growing knowledge of and interest in period performance. Nevertheless, these are played on modern instruments with a choir with female singers and using female soloists (including Arleen Auger, who sang in many of them). This, of course, will not appeal to folk who like "authentic" performance, but the fact of the matter is that we can never have truly authentic performance, and it's a delusion to think otherwise. In any case, I have always thought that Bach is music for eternity, to be played in the spirit in which it is written, and not confined to a musical straitjacket.
Rilling was a great Bachian, and this set is outstandingly musical, an absolute joy. I personally regard some of these cantatas to be the best versions available anywhere - ones that come to mind are BWV129, BWV90 and BWV148. The others are also all splendid. They are different from my other sets (complete Gardiner and Leusink, and various Koopman, Suzuki, Werner and Harnoncourt), but every bit as enjoyable. And at this price they're a bargain. If I didn't already have them all, I'd snap this up. Go snapping.
The box set is simple and "budget" but very well organised. It has 60 cds with the sacred cantatas on red discs and 11 cds with
secular cantatas on blue discs. They have a big number making it very easy to find out what you are looking for. They don't call cd one, two etc but volume one, two...
volume 69 is formed by cd 1 and 2 so you have 69 volumes but 70 css.
The 72th disc is a cdrom with texts for all songs , a biography and a complete track list. Texts for songs are in German, English, French and Spanish.
I have mac but the cd rom is for windows. Fortunately, it is not a problem because Hänssler also thought about that. All you need to do is to open the cdrom and look for a pdf for macs. You can copy it to your mac
and you will have all texts, biography and track list. I don't know if the cd rom has content that is accessible only for PCs but it doesn't really matter because all the important stuff
is available in the pdf for macs.
There are also two booklets, one with an introduction to the set and one with a complete track list, which is reproduced in the cd rom , showing
how more considerate Hännsler is than bigger companies such as Deutsche Grammophone.
The technical quality of sound and playing seemed very good to me. The performers are German so the singing is more natural and they don't force
guttural sounds like Gardiner's British performers do.
Unfortunately I made the mistake of ordering from a seller different from Amazon UK itself and my box set arrived looking like it had a previous owner
so I returned it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a fantasic set, just open the box take a disc at random and enjoy, they wonderful and at £1 a CD what more could anybody ask for.
A great bargain of beautiful music. Read more
An excellent version of these splendid works at a bargain pricePublished 8 months ago by Derek H Northage
The very occasional lapse in sound quality apart (a somewhat flattened acoustic in a couple of the earlier recordings, if that makes sense), this is a marvellous bargain - less... Read morePublished 11 months ago by James McDermott
This set is extraordinary value for the price: recorded before the full 'enlightenment' of early performance practice, the performances are nonetheless a fully authentic Bach... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Count Maddalo
Complete cantatas with very fine soloists and exceptional all German speaking chorus. If you want a complete set of all the cantatas played on traditional instruments by a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marcolorenzo
This review IS ABOUT packaging and presentation NOT about performances. it is necessarily lengthly. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A C ROTSEN