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Bach: Cantatas for alto (BWV 170, 54, 35) /Scholl · Collegium Vocale · Herreweghe

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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000005Z30
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1. Aria: Vergnugte Ruh! beliebte Seelenlust!
  2. 2. Recitativo: Die Welt, das Sundenhaus
  3. 3. Aria: Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen
  4. 4. Recitativo: Wer sollte sich demnach
  5. 5. Aria: Mir ekelt mehr zu leben
  6. 1. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sunde
  7. 2. Recitativo: Die Art verruchter Sunden
  8. 3. Aria: Wer Sunde tut, der ist vom Teufel
  9. 1. Concerto
  10. 2. Aria: Geist und Seele wird verwirret
  11. 3. Recitativo: Ich wundre mich
  12. 4. Aria: Gott hat alles wohlgemacht!
  13. 5. Sinfonia
  14. 6. Recitativo: Ach, starker Gott, lass mich
  15. 7. Aria: Ich wunsche nur bei Gott zu leben

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Herreweghe's mellifluous tone moves solidly with Bach's soaring, swooping melodies and hearty orchestrations. Markus Maerkl's pinpoint touch on the organ twins aptly with Scholl's crystal diction, which is clearer than most singers', so that the German text is above-average accessible. Scholl's commanding vocal power and very masculine dramatic skill add to the tremendous intensity of the devotional texts. He seems personally to inhabit the more passionate, dramatic passages in a way seldom matched by other, modern, male singers. He brings an ineffable sweetness to baroque religious song which, in turn, seems to bring more out of him than most secular music. One is now accustomed to Scholl being absolutely on top of his work and he does not falter here. One can comfortably relax and just let him sing, knowing there will be no hoots and catches - not the case with every alto. Memories of other versions fade a little after this, and one can believe that this is exactly how Bach would have wanted his music delivered to an audience, devout or agnostic. All three cantatas are executed superbly and, in particular, this Vergnuegte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (BWV170) must surely be accounted definitive in this generation. Altogether, a very fine introduction if you are new to the genre and a must-have for the enthusiast. Well, for this one, anyway.
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It would appear that the alto register corresponds to the voice of the angels. In this case, this traditional view is confirmed. I will not give you a complicated musicologist's view: this is probably one of the best Bach recordings I have heard in a very long time. I heard cantata 170 on Radio 3 and immediately decided to buy it. I have not been disappointed. It is absolutely magnificent. I was already bowled over by Herrewege's St. Matthew's Passion. This is possibly even better, much more intimate.
The combiantion of Scholl and Herreweghe is just splendid. Don't read too much, just get it!
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Brilliant
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