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Sublime and restrained majesty,
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This review is from: J. S. Bach: Dialogue Cantatas l – BWV 49, 60, 140, 59 (Audio CD)"Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen" BWV 49 is a dialogue between the Soul as the bride of Christ (soprano = Sybilla Rubens) and Jesus as bridegroom (bass = Klaus Mertens) following the traditional interpretation of the Song of Songs.
"O Ewigkeit du Donnerwort" BWV 60 is an allegorical dialogue between Fear (alto = Bogna Bartosz) and Hope (tenor = Jorg Durmuller), and Jesus (bass = Klaus Mertens) and follows the words of the Gospel according to St. Matthew 9:18-26 concerning the raising of Jairus's daughter from the dead.
"Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 140 is based on the Gospel text from St. Mathew concerning the wise and foolish virgins, virgin (Soprano = Sandrine Piau), chorale(tenor = James Gilchrist), Jesus(bass = Klaus Merten).
"Wer mich liebet der wird mein Wort halten" BWV 59 is a dialogue between the Soul (soprano = Ruth Ziesak) and Christ (bass = Klaus Mertens).
The soloists and especially the choir are spectacular and the instrumentalists play with a brilliance and linear clarity that is at or above the level of the best of the Herreweghe cantata series performances for Harmonia Mundi.
NO LIBRETTO TEXT OF THE CANTATAS IS PROVIDED. This is indeed a poor situation for a first issue CD, the result of a penny pinching recording company. See the following recording for a superb recording of Cantata BWV 49 with librettoJ.S. Bach: Cantatas with Violoncello Piccolo BWV 49, 115 & 180