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Bach, J.S.: Whitsun Cantatas BWV 172, 59, 74 & 34
 
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Bach, J.S.: Whitsun Cantatas BWV 172, 59, 74 & 34

3 July 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2000
  • Release Date: 3 July 2000
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:06:50
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  • ASIN: B001LQTY0O
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2a3add4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28efe28) out of 5 stars Elegance & grace 6 Mar. 2001
By David Wihowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Gardiner and his crew (Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists) dance through these cantatas with elegance and grace. They are in very fine form on this disc! Delightful music wonderfully performed!
Many Bach performances (I've been part of some) and recordings are plagued by the density of texture and angularity of melody common in much of Bach's opus. On this occasion it is as if the choir, soloists and orchestra do an inticate and graceful dance around these formidable obstacles, and do it without the slighest trace of effort. The music of Bach is often a ballet with sabres and lances, yet it is executed here without reservation or hesitation.
It is clearly obvious that this team loves Bach and is as comfortable with his difficulties as they are with eating or breathing.
These cantatas are not some of the more common or popular ones, however, they demonstrate the incredible consistency of Bach's output.
Inspiring, engaging, delightful, intricate, difficult, in a word--Bach. A fine CD for any Bach collection!
HASH(0xa2932a8c) out of 5 stars Cantatas for Pentecost Sunday 16 May 2016
By Indy - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording presents four cantatas that Bach wrote for the day of Pentecost. They are all based on John 14:23-31. The first cantata, "Erschallet, Ihr Lieder" was written in Weimar in 1714. Based on a text by Salomo Franck, it depicts the dialogue between men's souls and the Holy Ghost descending upon them. The opening chorus uses 3 trumpets and timpani to underline the special occasion. This grand opening, typical of Bach's writing, is then followed by a bass recitative, who quotes the scripture, and then sings an aria, accompanied by the trumpets and timpani. A soft tenor aria then follows, before a beautiful soprano/countertenor duet. Here, the soprano represents men's souls, while the countertenor is the soft whisper of the Holy Ghost descending upon men. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful aria of this disc. A chorale by Philip Nicolai concludes the work.

The next cantata, "Wer Mich Liebet, Der Wird Mein Wort Halten", BWV 59, is softer than the previous one. Here, no trumpets or timpani, just the sweet sound of oboes and violins introducing the duet for soprano/bass opening the work. A recitative follows, then comes the choral "Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott", written by Martin Luther. This chorale was used by Bach in other works, and he also adapted it for organ. The only solo aria of this cantata is given to the bass, who sings praises to God. The final chorale, "Du heilige Brunst, susser Trost", also by Luther, concludes the work.

BWV 74 bears the same title than BWV 59, although the opening chorus is the only movement that is similar between the two. Bach reused the same melody, harmonizing the soprano and bass parts for a whole choir. But instead of being followed by a recitative, a soprano aria is found instead, inviting the Holy Ghost to come upon us. A countertenor recitative follows, then comes a bass aria quoting the scripture from John. The interesting thing to notice in this cantata is the presence of arias for all four voices: soprano, countertenor, tenor, and bass. Thus, the bass aria is followed by a tenor aria, which itself leads, after a bass recitative, to a countertenor aria. A chorale by Paul Gerhardt concludes the work. This is the longest cantata on the set, and each aria gives Bach the opportunity to highlight the technical capabilities of the soloists.

The last cantata, "O Ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung Der Liebe" BWV 34 is based on a text from an unknown author. Even the date of composition is approximate and cannot be exactly determined. A bright chorus, as in BWV 172, opens the work with trumpets and timpani. This is followed by a tenor recitative which, contrary to the previous cantatas, does not quote the scriptures. The only aria of the cantata is scored for countertenor, and is followed by a bass recitative which leads to the final chorus. Interestingly, this is the only cantata that does not include a chorale and does not quote the scripture from John word for word.

This recording is highly recommended, and if you are interested in this Bach Pilgrimage Collection by Gardiner and his orchestra, check the other ones in the collection. They are all top-notch and represent, at least for me, the ultimate performance of Bach's cantatas.
HASH(0xa29329d8) out of 5 stars Such a Marvelous Series 6 Jan. 2009
By B. R. Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on what I have so far of Gardiner's efforts with Bach's cantatas, I can recommend every single CD put out by Gardiner with The English Baroque Soloists and Archiv Production.

Jankova's vibrato is a bit too rapid for my taste, but she does retain excellent control, and blends nicely when she has a duet (as in »Komm, lass mich nicht länger warten«). It is a minor complaint, and barely worth mentioning.

These recordings are so light, lyrical, and beautifully performed that I can scarcely find the words to express my delight. Every detail required to bring out the sacred nature of these works has been attended to. Snatch them up while you can.
HASH(0xa293a7a4) out of 5 stars Bach Cantatas 17 Jun. 2013
By ALec Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed a recording as I had to research one of the works on the CD for a concert performance I gave back in March.
Excellent price and service.
Thanks !
HASH(0xa293a624) out of 5 stars Superb and energetic renderings of the Whitsun canatas 16 Sept. 2013
By N. pearson - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who loves Bach Canatas this is a must have. The renderings are all of the highest quality. Gardiner's Cantata cycle has been a real gift.
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