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Bach: Cantatas Ascension Day [John Eliot Gardiner, Lenneke Ruiten, Meg Bragle ] [SDG: SDG185]

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  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (2 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sdg
  • ASIN: B00B7I4DZ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV 43
  2. Wer da gläubet und getauft wird BWV 37
  3. Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein BWV 128
  4. Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV 11

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Recorded in the City of London in 2012, this album features the missing cantatas from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage: the Ascension Cantatas.

They were recorded live at St Giles Cripplegate (one of our original Pilgrimage venues) in two concerts entirely funded by the generosity of hundreds of donors across the world, following a heartfelt appeal from british comedian Alexander Armstrong.

The quartet of soloists include one of the original Pilgrimage soloists, bass Dietrich Henschel, alongside a new generation of Bach interpreters who have worked with the ensembles since 2000 – making this recording a "bridge" between a Bach tradition started 13 years ago and today.

The Ascension Oratorio “Lobet Got in seinen Reichen” (BWV11) is a heart-warming, uplifting work. Beginning and ending with two grand festive choruses, it is full of rhythmic swagger, jazz-like nonchalance, and stratospheric glitter for the high trumpet and vocal acrobatics for the choir.

“Gott Fahret auf mit Jauchzen” (BWV43) opens with a glorious, unconventional introduction with high trumpets and drums, and continues with a sequence reminiscent of the opera seria of its time. "Wer da glaubit und getauft wird" (BWV37) focuses on the words of Jesus to his followers and starts with a gentle chorus of choir and orchestra of strings and oboe d’amore. "Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein" (BWV128) features festive opening and closing movements celebrating Christ’s majesty.

Contains a 32 pages booklet with original notes by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and sung texts in German and English.

Review

Best of all are the ebullient choruses that bookend the Orartorio, exhibiting Gardiner's innate Bachian flair, and bringing to an end a celebratory journey that's ultimately uplifting. Performance **** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine, July'13

Gardiner's performances show the ready familiarity with the music you would expect. His thoughtful approach to detail really shows itself in the choruses, perhaps above all in the Chorales, each of which finds its own expressive solutions. no-one completing their Cantata cycle with this single disc need feel short changed. --Gramophone, July'13

An uplifting and inspirational experience. --IRR, Sept'13

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The Ascension Day cantatas were missed out of the Gardiner Cantata pilgrimage, probably because Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday, and it would have been an impossible job then to do the cantatas for the following Sunday. (BWV11 is often omitted from cantata surveys anyway, as it's subtitled "The Ascension Oratorio", and is seen as something different, like the Christmas Oratorio). However, thanks to the contributions of many donors, Gardiner has now done the business and recorded the four surviving Ascension Day cantatas at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, scene of some of the Cantata Pilgrimage recordings.

The Ascension Day cantatas are wonderful, joyful works, full of trumpets and drums. The best is BWV11 "Lobet Gott in seinem Reichen", but the others are also right up there, and Gardiner does them justice with great singing, great playing and, to my ears, perfectly judged tempos. A must-have for any Bach lover. Indeed, I would go further and say that, if you want only one CD of Bach cantatas, this must come perilously close to being it.
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This is the 28th and final volume celebrating the complete sacred cantatas of J S Bach by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, supported by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque soloists. I have collected the CD versions in order to enjoy the extensive reviews and personal commentary of Sir John on the 2000 pilgrimage that saw the majority of the Bach cantatas recorded in venues around Europe and the US. The booklet that came with each release is highly informative and beautifully produced. The musical treatment of these superb cantatas by Sir John and his vocal and orchestral forces is peerless. I am no musical expert, and not especially religious, but my spirit is lifted and my heart is moved whenever I listen to these wonderful recordings.
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Absolutely superb work - both the cantatas themselves as well as the interpretation by Gardiner and the performance - although a live recording, there are no blips or background noise. I have experienced Himmelfahrt many times in the last few weeks both on the way there and the anticlimax of coming back down to earth.
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Missing from the original recordings because Salisbury cathedral refused permission to record, this is a live recording from the performance in London in 2012, only possible because of a fund raising campaign. I was at the performance in London - crisp, clear, fast paced genius of Bach and a brilliant performance faithfully captured on cd.
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This Gardiner 'Pilgrimage' series is unique. The first day that this Vol 28 came out, it hit the number 1 spot on Radio 3 for new releases. And quite rightly so. It is nothing less than 'SUPERB'.
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Each of Bach's cantatas is a masterpiece of blending of biblical texts and music. Lutheran faith melded with musical colour, excitement, emotion, creating a spiritual experience for the listener. Gardiner's recordings of the cantatas are a joy.
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