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Bach: Cantatas 140 & 147

Johann Sebastian Bach , John Eliot Gardiner , English Baroque Soloists , Monteverdi Choir , Anthony Rolfe Johnson , Ruth Holton , Stephen Varcoe , Michael Chance , Anthony Robson , Richard Earle Audio CD
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  • Performer: Monteverdi Choir, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Ruth Holton, Stephen Varcoe, Michael Chance, et al.
  • Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (September 15, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Classics
  • ASIN: B0000057DZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Chorale: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
2. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Recitative: Er Kommt, er kommt, der Braut'gam kommt!
3. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Aria Duet: Wenn kommst du, mein Heil? (Adagio)
4. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Chorale: Zion hort die Wachter singen
5. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Recitative: So geh herein zu mir
6. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Aria Duet: Mein Freund ist mein
7. Cantata For The 27th Sunday After Trinity: Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen
8. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part One: Chorus: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
9. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part One: Recitative: Gebenedeiter Mund!
10. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part One: Aria: Schame dich, o Seele, nicht
11. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part One: Recitative: Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden
12. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part One: Aria: Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn
13. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part One: Chorale: Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe
14. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part Two: Aria: Hilf, Jesu, hilf, dass ich auch dich bekenne
15. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part Two: Recitative: Der hochsten Allmacht Wunderhand
16. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part Two: Aria: Ich will von Jesu Wunder singen
17. For The Feast Of The Visitation Of The Virgin Part Two: Chorale: Jesus bleibet meine Freude

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John Eliot Gardiner offers the perfect introduction to two of Bach's most frequently recorded cantatas. The interpretations are spirited and insightful, the performances immaculate, and the clarity of the orchestral texture allows the inner details of Bach's scoring to emerge with radiant effect. The solo vocalists in these 1990 accounts are stylish, the instrumental obbligatos beautifully polished. It is all captured in naturally balanced digital sound. --Ted Libbey

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Bach Cantatas recordings November 2, 1998
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A very soft and delicate version of the BWV 140 & 147 Bach Cantatas. Gardiner shows how angels might have sung in the genious' brain ! Tempo is perfect and allows each instrument to be listened and appreciated. Soloists and concertists are equally right in their interpretation. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to discover Bach cantatas as well to good connaisseurs of this music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MEJOR, KARL RICHTER. May 3, 2000
La lectura que hace Gardiner en estas dos de las más famosas Cantatas de Bach, para mi gusto les falta algo. Entiéndame bien, las encuentro estupendas, bien grabadas, etc. Pero... algo falta, ese "algo" que hace de una buena versión en algo Colosal, la sensación final que encuentro al oír la versión de Karl Richter, es inmensamente superior. De hecho recomiendo a los amantes de las Cantatas de Bach el Set de 75 Cantatas 26 CDS que grabó, Karl Richter para Archiv.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan February 11, 2008
STUNNING RENDITIONS OF TWO OF BACH'S MOST ATTRACTIVE CANTATAS.

Without a doubt these are two of Bach's most attractive cantatas, and fortunately performed by the very excellent Monteverdi Choir under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner, who is probably the leading authority on the music of Bach. The soloists are of the best calabre and sing with great skill and emotion.

The first cantata:'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' opens up with a rousing chorale familiar to most of us. Then tenor voice of Anthony Rolfe Johnson announces: 'He comes, the Bridegroom comes!' A conversation then takes place between the Soul (Ruth Holton-soprano) and Jesus (Stephen Varcoe-bass): 'When comest Thou, my Saviour?';'I Come Now'..Holton sounds so much like a boy soprano that I had to keep checking the line-up; but this partially explains to me why the Monteverdi Choir does not need boy sopranos to get the baroque sound. Their sopranos have light somewhat breathy sounds that lend themselves to the kind of music they frequently sing. These cantatas were written for the 27th Sunday after Trinity which took place on Nov. 25, 1731.

The cantata 'Herz und Mund und......'was written for the fourth Sunday in Advent, Dec. 20, 1716, and is based on the Gospel reading: Luke I:39-56. This text takes Mary's words (Magnificat) as the paradigm for personal Christian proclamation, thus encouraging the congregation to bear witness to Christ freely.

All of this is very easy and pleasant listening. I particularly enjoyed Michael Chance's exquisitely performed solo: 'Schame dich, O Seele'. He is truly a master Bach singer.
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