Bach Cantatas Vol 15

SDG 127  |  1 CD (27 tracks)

For the Third Day of Christmas
BWV 64 / 151 / 57 / 133

Recorded in New York

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

"Sumptuously packaged along with full texts (in both German and English).., like the rest of this incredible series, comes with the very highest recommendation" - HMV Choice

This second special single-cd release for Christmas in the award-winning series of recordings from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, includes BWV 151 Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt, one of his most intimate cantatas. Opening with a hauntingly beautiful and consoling soprano aria, it has pre-echoes of both Gluck and Brahms. First heard on Boxing Day 1725, BWV 57 Selig ist der Mann provides us with another opportunity to enjoy Bach, who never wrote an opera, as the best writer of dramatic declamation since Monteverdi. His response to the text is highly personalised, and sparing in its modest forces although strongly expressive. A movement of infectious rhythmic élan, the opening chorus of BWV 133 Ich freue mich in dir conveys the exuberance and sheer exhilaration of Christmas. The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Solists give their customary brilliant performances, making this release the must-have issue of the Christmas season.


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Tracks in the album:

Cantata "Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget" BWV 64
011. Coro - Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget2:29
022. Choral - Das hat er alles uns getan0:43
033. Recitativo (Alto) Geh, Welt! behalte nur das Deine0:37
044. Choral - Was frag ich nach der Welt0:49
055. Aria (Soprano) Was die Welt5:31
066. Recitativo (Bass) Der Himmel bleibet mir gewiss1:11
077. Aria (Alto) Von der Welt verlang ich nichts5:11
088. Choral - Gute Nacht, o Wesen1:07
Cantata "Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt" BWV 151
091. Aria (Soprano) Süsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt9:49
102. Recitativo (Bass) Erfreue dich, mein Herz1:04
113. Aria (Alto) In Jesu Demut kann ich Trost4:46
124. Recitativo (Tenor) Du teurer Gottessohn0:51
135. Choral - Heut schleusst er wieder auf die Tür0:37
Cantata "Selig ist der Mann" BWV 57
141. Aria (Bass) Selig ist der Mann3:39
152. Recitativo (Soprano) Ach! dieser süsse Trost1:21
163. Aria (Soprano) Ich wünschte mir den Tod6:16
174. Recitativo (Dialogo) (Bass, Soprano) Ich reiche dir die Hand0:26
185. Aria (Bass) Ka, ja, ich kann die Feinde schlagen4:54
196. Recitativo (Dialogo) (Bass, Soprano) In meiner Schoss liegt Ruh und Leben1:30
207. Aria (Soprano) Ich ende behende mein irdisches Leben4:08
218. Choral - Richte dich, Liebste, nach meinem Gefallen0:41
Cantata "Ich freue mich in dir" BWV 133
221. Coro (Choral) Ich freue mich in dir3:54
232. Aria (Alto) Getrost! es fasst ein heil'ger Leib3:49
243. Recitativo (Tenor) Ein Adam mag sich voller Schrecken1:03
254. Aria (Soprano) Wie lieblich klingt es in den Ohren7:17
265. Recitativo (Bass) Wohlan, des Todes Furcht und Schmerz1:02
276. Choral - Wohlan, so will ich mich1:09

Total Playing Time: 1:16:15