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5.0 out of 5 stars The one you've been waiting for..., 30 Oct 2009
This review is from: J S Bach: Cantatas Vol.13 (Cantatas For The First And Fourth Sundays In Advent) (John Elliot Gardiner,The Monteverdi Choir) (SDG) (Audio CD)
..well, OK, the one I've been waiting for, the Advent cantatas, above all the brilliant BWV147 "Herz und Mund Und Tat und Leben", the one with the bit of Bach that everyone knows, "Jesu, joy of man's desiring", made famous by Dame Myra Hess's piano transcription. The previous Gardiner BWV147, released as part of the 12-CD Archiv Pilgrimage series, is in fact a studio recording made in the early 1990s. This SDG one surpasses it in every way. The soloists are great, as is Gabriele Cassone on the magic trumpet in the opening chorale and the aria "Ich will von Jesus Wundern sprechen", and the two instances of the wonderful, lilting "Jesu joy" music are beautifully done, at what seems to my ears to be a perfectly judged pace, not too fast, but also not too slow.

The others are great - BWV70 "Wachet! Betet!" gets a stunning performance, as do the two cantatas "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland" (BWV61 and 62) and BWV36 "Schwingt freudig euch empor".

You owe it to yourself to buy this set.

P.S. Without detracting at all from this set, I have since heard Suzuki's BWV147, and it's also outstanding. Which one is better? Both are great, one is better than the other in different ways (Suzuki's opening chorale is the best I've heard anywhere, but Gardiner's "Jesu joy" is the better). So, I declare a draw and I have to have both.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2010 20:33:26 GMT
W. Chrispin says:
J S Bach: Cantatas Vol.13 (Cantatas For The First And Fourth Sundays In Advent)

Can anyone shed any light on the availability of Volumes 2, 11 and 12 in the John Eliot Gardiner series of Bach's Cantatas? I regularly check Amazon but still no sign they have yet been released.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2010 12:44:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2010 11:22:30 GMT
Teemacs says:
Vol.2 is next up!

http://www.solideogloria.co.uk/recordings/forthcoming.cfm

There's no when with regard to the rest, but Gardiner has a listing on his SDG website of what has come and what is to come:

http://www.cantatafinder.com/

If I remember correctly, there are about 7 volumes to go (assuming that DG doesn't allow Gardiner to release the volumes already released on Archiv).

P.S. Wrong, only four volumes- I got this note today (16 Feb) from SDG:

"It is hard to believe that it is now 10 years since the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage: it was such a momentous year in our lives, which seems so distant in time and yet still so vivid in our memories. Partly this is because of the CDs, as music brings back memories of the many adventures and the memorable concerts and events of that year....

It seems appropriate that we shall be issuing all the remaining 8 CDs (four volumes) recorded by us in 2000 during this anniversary year, and the first volume is just about to arrive! It contains the cantatas for the second and third Sundays after Trinity."
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