Bach Cantatas Vol 14

SDG 113  |  1 CD (27 tracks)

For Christmas Day
BWV 91 / 110

For the Second Day of Christmas
BWV 40 / 121

Recorded in New York

Katharine Fuge / Joanne Lunn / Robin Tyson / William Towers / James Gilchrist / Peter Harvey
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

"This splendidly varied selection constitutes some of the last hurrahs of the Pilgrimage ... another fine addition in to this refreshingly varied and unpredictable series." - Gramophone

This special single-cd release contains four glorious Christmas cantatas, and includes the festive and brilliant BWV 110 Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, which has irresistible swagger, innate elegance and lightness of touch. Its opening movement is identical to Bach's fourth Orchestral Suite, BWV 1069, but the piece sounds new-minted, alive with unexpected sonorities and a marvellous rendition of laughter-in-music. Bach's overall design for BWV 121 Christum wir sollen loben is to mirror the change from darkness to light and to show how the moment when Christians celebrate the coming of God's light into the world coincides with the turning of the sun at the winter solstice. And BWV 91 Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ glows with that special sense of expectation that is the hallmark of Bach in Christmas mode.


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Tracks in the album:

Cantata "Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ" BWV 91
011. Coro (Choral) Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ2:46
022. Recitativo e Choral (Soprano) Der Glanz der höchsten Herrlichkeit1:54
033. Aria (Tenor) Gott, dem der Erden Kreis zu klein2:26
044. Recitativo (Bass) O Christenheit!1:16
055. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Alto) Die Armut, so Gott auf sich nimmt6:50
066. Choral - Das hat er alles uns getan0:48
Cantata "Christum wir sollen loben schon" BWV 121
071. Coro (Choral) Christum wir sollen loben schon2:37
082. Aria (Tenor) O du von Gott erhöhte Kreatur4:36
093. Recitativo (Alto) Der Gnade unermesslich's Wesen1:11
104. Aria (Bass) Johannis freudenvolles Springen7:37
115. Recitativo (Soprano) Doch wie erblickt es dich in deiner Krippe?0:55
126. Choral - Lob, Ehr und Dank sei dir gesagt1:05
Cantata "Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes" BWV 40
131. Coro - Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes3:59
142. Recitativo (Tenor) Das Wort ward Fleisch und wohnet in der Welt1:21
153. Choral - Die sünd macht Leid0:47
164. Aria (Bass) Höllische Schlange1:54
175. Recitativo (Alto) Die Schlange, so im Paradies1:09
186. Choral - Schüttle deinen Kopf und sprich0:48
197. Aria (Tenor) Christenkinder, freuet euch!3:26
208. Choral - Jesu, nimm dich deiner Glieder1:03
Cantata "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110
211. Coro - Unser Mund sei voll Lachens6:10
222. Aria (Tenor) Ihr Gedanken und Ihr Sinnen3:59
233. Recitativo (Bass) Dir, Herr, ist niemand gleich0:31
244. Aria (Alto) Ach Herr, was ist ein Menschenkind3:21
255. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Tenor) Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe3:43
26"Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110, 6. Aria (Bass) Wacht auf, ihr Adern und ihr Glieder3:34
27"Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110, 7. Choral - Halleluja! Halleluja! Gelobt sei Gott0:55

Total Playing Time: 1:11:17