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  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B002L5QZYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cantata No. 61, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 61 (BC A1): 1. Coro (Ouverture). Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
2. Cantata No. 61, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 61 (BC A1): 2. Recitativo. Der Heiland ist gekommen
3. Cantata No. 61, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 61 (BC A1): 3. Aria. Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche
4. Cantata No. 61, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 61 (BC A1): 6. Choral. Amen, Amen!
5. Cantata No. 62, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 62 (BC A2): 1. Coro. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
6. Cantata No. 62, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 62 (BC A2): 3. Recitativo. So geht aus Gottes Herrlichkeit und Thron
7. Cantata No. 62, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 62 (BC A2): 4. Aria. Streite, siege, starker Held!
8. Cantata No. 62, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 62 (BC A2): 5. Recitativo (Duetto). Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit
9. Cantata No. 62, 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,' BWV 62 (BC A2): 6. Choral (Duetto). Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, g'ton
10. Cantata No. 36, 'Schwingt freudig euch empor,' BWV 36 (BC A3): Part 1. No. 1. Coro. Schwingt freudig euch empor
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Disc: 2
1. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 1. No. 1. Coro. Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!
2. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 1. No. 4. Recitativo. Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen
3. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 1. No. 6. Recitativo. Jedoch bei dem unartigen Geschlechte
4. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 1. No. 7. Choral. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele
5. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 2. No. 8. Aria. Hebt euer Haupt empor
6. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 2. No. 9. Recitativo con Choral. Ach, soll nicht dieser große
7. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 2. No. 10. Aria. Seligster Erquickungstag
8. Cantata No. 70, 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' BWV 70 (BC A165): Part 2. No. 11. Choral. Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht
9. Cantata No. 132, 'Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn,' BWV 132 (BC A6): 1. Aria. Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn!
10. Cantata No. 132, 'Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn,' BWV 132 (BC A6): 2. Recitativo. Willst du dich Gottes Kind
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Editorial Reviews

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Gardiner celebrated the Millenium and the Bach anniversary with a pilgrimage - to perform and record all 200 Bach Cantatas in churches across Europe, for the particular feasts on the Christian calendar for which they were written - all in just one year (the recordings are being released piecemeal.) An admirable, yet daunting task considering there are more cantatas than there are Sundays or feast days in a given year. For me, the travel fatigue Gardiner mentions in the introductory notes and the lack of proper rehearsal time often shows; I've found the performance quality of these recordings uneven at best. That being said, this particular volume is one of the better ones. The first disc features the two cantatas Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come now, Savior of the Gentiles) BWV 61 & 62 and Schwingt freudig euch empor (Swing joyfully aloft to the stars) BWV 36, all written for the first Sunday in Advent. Disc two contains Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet! (Watch! Pray!) BWV 70, Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn (Prepare the ways, prepare the paths) BWV 132, and Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and mouth and deed and life) BWV 147 - the source of the favorite chorus, "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" - all written for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. -- Public Radio Delmarva- June 14, 2010

In 2000, conductor John Eliot Gardiner led a gang of guest singers, the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir in live performances of all of Bach's extant sacred cantatas, to mark the 250th anniversary of his death. The resulting CDs have been coming out gradually ever since. We're up to Vol. 13, which draws us to the end of the calendar year (and beginning of the Christian Church year) with three cantatas for the First Sunday in Advent on the first disc, and three for the Fourth Sunday in Advent on the second. As with these other releases, the music is presented in glorious Technicolor, gorgeously sung and impeccably played. Everything is in balance, serving the Lutheran texts that were central to their creation. Fabulous. -- Toronto Star, John Terauds, March 29, 2010

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CD 2 begins with BWV 70 'Wachet!
George Peabody
If means demand slower acquisition, then this volume can prove to be as good a starting point as any.
I. Martinez-Ybor
This SDG one surpasses it in every way.
Teemacs

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on January 26, 2010
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SOLI DEO GLORIA: TO THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE!
(The label SDG takes its trademark name from the initials that Bach wrote on the manuscript of each of his cantatas.)

John Eliot Gardiner's millennial, Europe-wide Bach Pilgrimage was just a year, but the release of the performances on CD is not yet complete. Volume 13, performed in Dec. 2000, celebrates Advent in the reverberant churches of Luneberg (where Bach sang in the choir) and Cologne, includes six cantatas for the first and fourth Sundays of Advent, the best known of them being BWV 147: 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' (Heart and mouth and deed and life).

CD i includes BWV 61, 62 and 36. All three of these Advent Cantatas display a sense of excitement at the onset of the Advent Season. This is a time of anticipation and waiting, and an opportunity for all to turn away from self-absorbed feelings of guilt, fear, damnation and hellfire that dominated the final Sunday of the Trinity Season.

Two settings of 'Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland' (Come now Saviour of the Gentiles)BWV 61 & 62 from Weimar in 1714 and Leipzig in 1714 exist and both are herein recorded. They anticipate the arrival of Christ in music of avenging angels, hellfire and fury. Prettiness comes later at the end of CD 2 with BWV 147, with the cradle-rocking, chorale-setting 'Jesus Bleibet meine Freude' (Jesus remains my Joy).

BWV 62 'Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland II' gives us a sense of a new beginning which is summed up in the radiantly calm soprano & alto duet 'Wir ehren diese Herlichtkeit' (We honor this glory). sung skillfully and smoothly by soprano Joanne Lunn and alto William Towers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs on January 27, 2010
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..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 marvellous lilting 9/8 "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.

(It would be remiss to leave it there without mentioning the competition. Suzuki's BWV147 is also outstanding. Which one is better? Both are great, one bettering the other in different movements. For example, 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.)

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Martinez-Ybor VINE VOICE on December 19, 2010
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If one has to give an extra-special Christmas gift, I strongly recommend, as I have, at various times here, the complete set of Bach Cantatas recorded at performances throughout Europe, and ending at St. Bartholomew's in New York (that odd faux-byzantine episcopalian contraption on Park Avenue two blocks up from my old office) each on its appropriate sunday, by John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, Bach Soloists, and a batch of wonderful solo vocalists including Magdalena Kozena, Mark Padmore, James Gilchrist, Nathalie Stutzman, Robin Tyson, Katherine Fuge, Peter Harvey, etc. If means demand slower acquisition, then this volume can prove to be as good a starting point as any. The final album on the set was issued this year. Going through the whole set has been the most rewarding musical experience I have had in many a year. The wealth of inspiration and inventiveness Bach displays in this music is unmatched by any other composer (in my world Bach is god). Throughout my life I have dipped into the various collections of Bach cantatas beginning with the pioneering Harnoncourt/Leonhardt collection, Suzuki, Ton Koopman, Richter, Gonnenwein, but as individual performances and overall, I think John Eliot Gardiner captures the beauty, liveliness, gravitas, virtuosity, drama, and devotion in the music in ways others did not realize was present. The clarity with which these live performances have been captured is astonishing. This is no mere technical feet as it allows the listener to fully appreciate the full interplay between voice and instruments, at times how individual melodic lines are passed from a woodwind to a countertenor, for example, and how a solo violin decorates or provides descant to a vocal line. Beauty reigns.Read more ›
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