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  • Bach - Easter Cantatas BWV 6 & 66 / Fink, Davislim, Clarkson, Chance, Padmore, Henschel, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner
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Bach - Easter Cantatas BWV 6 & 66 / Fink, Davislim, Clarkson, Chance, Padmore, Henschel, The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner Import


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listen  1. J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden Cantata, BWV 6 - 1. Chor: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werdenEnglish Baroque Soloists 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden Cantata, BWV 6 - 2. Arie: Hochgelobter GottessohnEnglish Baroque Soloists 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden Cantata, BWV 6 - 3. Choral: Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesus ChristDavid Watkin 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden Cantata, BWV 6 - 4. Rezitativ: Es hat die Dunkelheit an vielen OrtenJulian Clarkson0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden Cantata, BWV 6 - 5. Arie: Jesu, lass uns auf dich sehenEnglish Baroque Soloists 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden Cantata, BWV 6 - 6. Choral: Beweis dein Macht, Herr Jesu ChristEnglish Baroque Soloists0:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" Cantata, BWV 66 - Chorus "Erfreut Euch, ihr Herzen"English Baroque Soloists 9:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" Cantata, BWV 66 - Recitative "Es bricht das Grab und damit unsere Not"English Baroque Soloists0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" Cantata, BWV 66 - Aria "Lasset dem Höchsten ein Danklied erschallen"English Baroque Soloists 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" Cantata, BWV 66 - Recitative (Dialogue) & Arioso "Bei Jesu Leben freudig sein"English Baroque Soloists 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" Cantata, BWV 66 - Duet "Ich fürchte zwar/nicht des Grabes Finsternis"English Baroque Soloists 8:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" Cantata, BWV 66 - Chorale "Halleluja! Des solln wir alle froh sein"English Baroque Soloists0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Prod Import
  • ASIN: B00004R9F7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Eliot Gardiner's year-2000 project is big, even for him: a "pilgrimage" to perform all of Bach's surviving church cantatas (more than 200) between Christmas 1999 and Christmas 2000 in various churches throughout Europe, with a finale planned for New York City. With so much music, so many places, and so little time, worries about routine, autopilot music-making, and inconsistent performance standards were understandable. It was no doubt prudent for DG to record most of the "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage" series in the studio before the tour began. So it's all the more distressing that, even with Gardiner's famously skillful choir and orchestra recording under studio conditions, the first volume of the series is a disaster. The Monteverdi Choir, renowned as the well-oiled, high-precision machine of the choral world, sings with poor blend and occasionally shaky tuning (practically unheard-of for this group); the orchestral playing is either blaring or blasé; and the soloists sound uninvolved or uncertain, or both. It's hard not to think that everyone was sight-reading the music during the recording sessions. Most unfortunate of all is the once-superb countertenor Michael Chance, whose wobbly, indeterminate, frayed singing is heartbreaking. (Get the much better volume 2 of this series, a reissue of a 1989 recording, to hear just how good he used to be.) DG probably was contractually obligated to release this recording, but Gardiner should be ashamed to have let it leave the studio. Thank goodness that later volumes in this series aren't as bad. --Matthew Westphal

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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Izolda on March 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD opens a series of 12 releases (to appear on a monthly basis until November 2000) with selected Bach's cantatas performed by various soloists and The Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, Gardiner prepared his own cantatas project called: "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage" that will "feature performances of all Bach's surviving church cantatas within a single year at a variety of churches throughout Europe (as well as three concerts in New York bringing the Pilgrimage to its conclusion) on the feast days for which they were composed" (from the advertising leaflet). After having listened to this first release, I am deeply grateful to Archiv Produktion that "Cantata Pilgrimage" cycle will be limited to only 12 CD, though originally it was planned as a COMPLETE CANTATAS PROJECT! I do not know about other Bach fans, but I am certainly not ready to face yet another complete cantatas project, especially recorded by "authentists". Koopman's boring production is coming to an end - to me, Koopman's cycle will always be an example of a dry music making , dictated by scholarship rather than musical instincts (but what an organist he is!). Suzuki's are much more balanced recordings - they are beautifully played and sung and the commitment of all the artists is never in doubt. Here again, some "scholarly" touches mar the final effect - Suzuki's tempi follow the general "quickish" trend, but somehow they are not breathless and thoughtless and don't bother me as they do in some other recordings.Read more ›
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"The Monteverdi Choir, renowned as the well-oiled, high-precision machine of the choral world, sings with poor blend and occasionally shaky tuning (practically unheard-of for this group); the orchestral playing is either blaring or blasé; and the soloists sound uninvolved or uncertain, or both. It's hard not to think that everyone was sight-reading the music during the recording sessions. Most unfortunate of all is the once-superb countertenor Michael Chance, whose wobbly, indeterminate, frayed singing is heartbreaking."

Sorry, but why didn't I hear any of this? Am I deaf? Unperceptive? A combination thereof? OK, Michael Chance did seem a bit weak at times, but it did seem a very hard part (how on earth did whatever adolescent of the Thomaner Choir given the job of singing it manage it in Bach's day?). And to my ears, the Monteverdis sounded as well-oiled as ever.

So, why only 4 stars? Because this CD has now been overshadowed by Gardiner's latest from his own SDG label, which arrived chez Teemacs only last week. It has Easter cantatas, including these two, plus also the wonderful BWV4 and BWV31 (not to be missed!). The versions of these two are of course live and they sound crisp and exciting.

However, if you don't want the double CD SDG version, this is a good one.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Peabody VINE VOICE on September 26, 2006
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TWO CANTATAS = TWO MOODS.

Bach's Cantata "Bleib bei uns" BWV 6 (abide with us)was performed in Leipzig on Easter Monday in 1725. Bach chose the Gospel reading of the day for the text (Luke 24:13-25). It is an account of the meeting of Jesus with the disciples walking along the road to Emmaus,and Bach focuses on the disciple's yearning for Christ to remain with them. As if to enable his listeners to relive their sorrow, the music is somewhat morose. The plea 'Bleib bei uns'(abide with us) surely had a deeper meaning for Bach as he experienced the impending confinement of his beloved Anna Magdalena.

One thing to note is that it is very instrumental, so much so that the instruments in many instances overwhelmed the choir and I don't think relocating the mikes would have helped; it's just the way Bach wrote it.

Bernarda Fink's solos were sung well operatically, but not altogether in a suitable style for Bach; it was a bit too dramatic with an overabundance of vibrato. However, having said this, in many ways the 'heaviness' of her voice did lend itself to the somewhat sorrowful mood of this cantata. So perhaps Gardiner had this in mind when he chose her as a soloist.

Bach's cantata:"Erfreut euch,ihr Herzen" BWV 66(rejoice ye hearts) was performed in 1724. This cantata is based on the epistle of the day: Acts 10:34-43,which bristles with Peter's raw energy as he boldly testifies to the death and the resurrection of Jesus and the forgiveness now available to all who believe. With vibrancy and excitement the three soloists (Chance, Padmore, Henschel) enter at the very beginning setting the tone for this cantata.
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