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J S Bach: Cantatas Jesu, deine Passion BWV 22, 23, 127, 159

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  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B001L15C8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jesus Nahm Zu Sich Die Zwolfe, BWV 22
  2. Du Wahrer Gott Und Davids Sohn, BWV 23
  3. Herr Jesu Christ, Wahr' Mensch Und Gott, BWV 127
  4. Sehet, Wir Gehn Hinauf Gen Jerusalem, BWV 159

Product description

HMF 901998; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica vocale sacra Cantate

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I am a huge fan of Herreweghe and his Bach recordings. The soloists are excellent, perticularly Peter Kooy, inspired by the divine 1st movement of BWV22. The recording technically is miraculous, with a glowing accoustic, every performer blends in to the sound stage. John Elliot Gardiner has recorded some of these cantatas on his own label. Herreweghe I feel has the better soloists, and these being recordings of the studio type rather than live, there are fewer rough edges, the orchestra is better, and tempos less extreme. The works presented on this disc were written to impress in Leipzig. They are rich and varied with some heavenly moments very worthy of the passions. Each release from Herreweghe seems to scale olympian standards of Bach performance. This one is no exception! Grab it. Then you'll probably have to get all his recordings!!
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I was only looking for Cantata 22 because I particularly wanted to hear the chorale at the end, since it often appears as a stand-alone anthem. However, like "Jesu Joy", hearing it in the context of the whole cantata is even better. The whole set is beautifully performed and the disc makes a lovely addition to my increasing collection of Bach Cantatas.
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I bought this disk based in the reputation of Herreweghe- most of his previous disk I bought I have liked and considered safe buys.

Somehow this disk sounds as if the mike was to far from the artists and as there is somewhat sharp/thin overall sound to the recording.

Maybe a mastering error?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely beautiful quartet of Bach Cantatas 17 Oct. 2015
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this set of four JS Bach cantatas presented by Philippe Herreweghe and his musicians extremely beautiful and consistently excellent across all parameters: the cantatas themselves are terrific, the soloists are all very strong, and the choral and orchestral work is likewise excellent. The performance is complemented by excellent sound engineering.

All 4 cantatas date from the 1720s, with BWV 22 & 23 written in 1723 and BWV 127 and 159 later in the same decade. Consistent with the cover of the suffering Christ, they are generally very serious in character although BWV 127 is in major and is more joyful. All are unified by being intended for performance in the last Sunday prior to Lent, which provides a basis for their serious tone.

The cantatas are simply ravishingly beautiful. I’ll point to some of the highlights but I predict that you will find other tracks and passages that are just as striking. The Aria “”Ich folge” from BWV 159 (track 16) for countertenor accompanied by chorus is striking, as is the succeeding Aria “Es is vollbracht” presented by star bass Peter Kooy (track 18), a grave and majestic aria. Kooy is just excellent, perfect technically and singing with feeling. “Es is vollbracht” also features a major part for the solo oboe, performed Marcel Ponseele, who is highlighted often in this disc. Ponseele and the other oboist, Taka Kitazako are also featured in one of my other highlights, the opening duet “Du wahrer Gott” from BWV 23 (track 6), for a sort of concertante ensemble piece for the soprano, countertenor and oboes. “Du wahrer Gott” encapsulates this recording: serious in tone, each detail nailed, the technical aspect done perfectly. The overall effect is wonderful. I’m just pointing to these three movements, but there are others. The opening chorale of BWV 127 is just wonderful (track 10), to point to another instance.

Obviously, I love this disc. The only criticism I can make is that Herreweghe, a conductor with a restrained style, doesn’t try to accent the music’s passion. The performance is highly musical throughout, but it is on the neutral and balanced side emotionally. This is consistent with Herreweghe’s style throughout his large catalog of recordings. But for me the sheer beauty and consistent excellence of every part of the release made Herreweghe’s restraint unimportant. I think you will love this release. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Via Dolorosa 3 April 2009
By Herby Neubacher - Published on Amazon.com
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The latest recording of Bach Cantatas of the Flemish Conductor Philippe Herreweghe underlines again that this former Doctor of Psychology helps with a deep understanding of the Bach liturgical work to open this often difficult work to all listeners.

In this case "Jesu Deine Passion" (Jesus, your Passion) he takes four Cantatas all meant for the last Sunday before Lent and puts them in a relation that is of high intellectual and psychological interest. It paints an full color Altar Piece of a Via Dolorosa before the cross, the inner fight of Christ and the Soul on the long way to the cross.

This makes sense in many directions. Namely as in Bachs Times during Lent for four weeks there were no Cantatas played on the Sundays And these four Cantatas allow the listeners either to fill these Sundays with wonderful musical reflections on stations to the cross or even - listened to them in the contents - give view on the inner world that makes Christ take the cross and us to understands its liberating power.

The first Cantata "Jesu nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe" BWV 22 ("Jesus took unto him the Twelve") starts with the Evangelist reporting the fact that Jesus goes to Jerusalem with his disciples. Immediately the Soul answers in a wonderful aria and asks Jesus to let her join ("Mein Jesu ziehe mich zu Dir" - "Jesus draw me unto thee") and later the tenor Aria ("Mein Alles in allem" - "My all in all") reflects already on the healing power of this sacrifice to "better the heart" and lead away from the easy fun in the world.

The second Cantata "Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn" BWV 23 - "Thou very God and David's Son" makes us meet the beggar sitting at the Via Dolorosa, the road to Jerusalem begging Jesus to help his misery. It is us sitting there, this clears Bach in the next Recitative when he let the soul pray: "Do not pass me by" - "Ach ziehe nicht vorueber".

And a big choral prayer following: "Aller Augen warten Dein o Herr" - "They eyes of all Lord wait upon thee" - the position of us being dependent on the salvation. This is followed by "Christ the Lamb of God" - a Choral Fantasy reminding on the Chorus in the Mathew Passion finalizing the first party "O Mensch bewein Dein Suende gross". The soul musically sees the cross shining at the end of this psychological way.

Here are bystanders on this way, laughing and spitting so the third Cantata "Herr Jesu Christ wahr' Mensch und Gott" BWV 127 "Lord Jesus Christ true man and God" puts Jesus already in the hands of the soldiers and gives a glimpse of the "Ecce Homo" - the Crown of thorns put on his head in front of the masses shouting for the crucifixion. Herreweghe conducts this choral with stringent hard und hurting accords by flutes and oboes who hit and spite around.

The Recitative following paints a picture of the sweat on the dead body of Christ and all of us and frightens in the next bass accompangnato with the judgment day. But this accompagnato lead in the final part to a wonderful vision of the resurrection with the powerful sound of "Though heaven and earth will perish in fire - yet shall a believer live forever".

The last Cantata leads us right under the cross. Now it is the Vox Dei, the Voice of Jesus himself announcing "Sehet, wir gehen hinauf gen Jerusalem" BWV 159 ("We go up to Jerusalem") in order to fulfill all the prophecies. This is told in a Duet with the Alto Voice (wonderful and deep felt by Mathew White" - always the Allegory of the "Daughter of Zion" in Bach's Cantatas or the Human soul that asks what will be the fate when going up to Jerusalem and if this is not more a "way to hell..."

In the following Aria "Ich folge Dir nach" - "I will follow you" the Alto stands by its words and the soul will follow to the cross accompanied by the Soprano with the Choral line "Ich will hier bei Dir stehen" - "I will stand by you" mostly dedicated to the Voice of peter who after the betrayal still stays with Jesus until his death - the same situation in this cantata like in the famous Mathew Passion.

Finally the Vox Christi fulfills with the Aria "Es ist vollbracht" - "It is finished" - his words on the Cross when dying. And the Choral "Jesus Deine Passion" - "Jesus your Passion" finalizes this remarkable and outstanding collection of Bach Cantatas on the latest recording of Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Ghent.

The soloist are the who is who of modern young Bach Singers of the best: Dorothea Mields, Soprano, Mathew White, Alto, Jan Kobow - in my opinion one of the most amazing Tenor Voices of our times also known from his Himmlische Cantorei - and one of the best bass voices always working with Herreweghe as well as with Massaki Suzuki, Peter Kooy.

This is far more than simply another Bach Cantatas recording. Herrwegehe and his fantastic musical team allow a Meditation for the Passion time that is deep felt and full of spirit and understanding for the fear, the pain and the liberation of the Passion Message that never grows old.
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