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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Recording, 11 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Bach: Cantatas, Nos 211 & 212 (Audio CD)
The Coffee cantata was apparently as close as Bach ever got to composing a conventional opera. It is a lighthearted piece about a father's attempts to get his daughter to abandon her addiction to coffee (obviously the bane of 18th century youth).
Generally, you can't go too far wrong with the combination of Emma Kirkby soprano, Christopher Hogwood conductor and the L'Oiseau Lyre label. This version of the Coffee and Peasant Cantatas is no exception. Kirkby is my favourite soprano and here, you feel she is at the peak of her powers. The effortless way she breezes through her arias gives this recording the necessary light and playful tone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach: Coffee & Peasants' Cantatas- Kirkby, Thomas, AAM/Hogwood etc, 1 July 2013
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J. R. M. Bailes "John Ba" (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach: Cantatas, Nos 211 & 212 (Audio CD)
This CD of JSB's most popular secular cantatas has the best of everything- the voices of Emma Kirkby and David Thomas when they were at their finest, flautist Lisa Beznosiuk playing as immaculately as ever and members of the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood in charge. Occasional contributions from Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor) and Anthony Halstead (natural horn) complete the recipe for a very enjoyable performance. The booklet gives full libretti in three languages and a delightful colour photo of Kirkby and Thomas in period costume, coffee service and all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No cigar. Good recording, disappointing language articulation., 13 April 2009
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J. Mero (Norway) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach: Cantatas, Nos 211 & 212 (Audio CD)
Although this recording is quite delightful, it has one great flaw to my taste: Their pronounciation of German is god-awful.
Neither singer knows how to articulate German words, which is the reason why I prefer the more earthy Harnoncourt recording from long ago (vinyl recording).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 9 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Bach: Cantatas, Nos 211 & 212 (Audio CD)
I know why it gets rave reviews in the Penguin books...
Emma Kirkby is simply delightful with totally sympathetic style complemented by Covey-Crump's almost throwaway style.
This recording is light, airy and gay - just as the music was intended.
I cannot give this one more praise - in fact I don't think it could be any better.
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