Bach Cantatas Vol 17

SDG 150  |  2 CD (39 tracks)

For New Year's Day
BWV 143 / 41 / 16 / 171

For the Sunday after New Year
BWV 153 / 58

Recorded in Berlin

Ruth Holton / Lucy Ballard / Charles Humphries / Sally Bruce-Payne / James Gilchrist / Peter Harvey
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

"The recording is characterised by a lightness of touch combined with joie de vivre and heart stopping emotional intelligence. This is uplifting stuff" - Classic FM Magazine

Volume 17 is a 2CD release featuring cantatas for New Year’s Day and for the Sunday after New Year, recorded live in January 2000.

Following the Christmas festivities and to usher in the new millennium, we join John Eliot within the grand neo-Gothic Gethsemanekirche in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin for a programme consisting of Bach’s four New Year’s Day cantatas. The simple idea of a progression from beginning to end to a new beginning, permeate these cantatas. In contrast to the modest BWV 143 Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele II that opens the programme, Bach begins BWV 41 Jesu, nun sei gepreiset with the fantastically grand opening chorus, Jesu, nun sei gepreiset. Gardiner affirms; ‘…it is the epic scope of Bach’s vision for this opening movement which takes one’s breath away.’ The jewel in this particular cantata is the tenor aria Wo ferne du den edlen Frieden (No.4), one of only nine cantata movements in which Bach uses the violoncello piccolo, an instrument used by Bach to symbolise the presence and person of Christ.

Where Cantata 41 is expansive and majestic, BWV 16 Herr Gott, dich loben wir is concise and pithy, summed up in its opening chorus of just thirty-four bars. We then hear the last of the surviving New Year cantatas by Bach, BWV 171 Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm. This is a cantata of contrasts, ranging from the somewhat lethargic tenor aria in the second movement that conjures up a delightful image of ‘white strips of cloud trailing across the heavens’ to the magnificent closing chorale; Lass uns das Jahr vollbringen. It is the first Sunday after New Year and, as if accused of breaking our New Year’s resolution already, BWV 153 Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind, opens with a four-part chorale saying: ‘Behold, dear God, how my enemies with whom I must always battle, are so cunning and powerful that they can with ease subdue me.’ BWV 58 Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid II continues this theme of the beleaguered Christian. This is wonderfully illustrated through the use of the distressed, persecuted soul (soprano) in dialogue with a guardian angel, by implication, Christ (bass).

The Monteverdi Choir accompanied by The English Baroque Soloists have once again created a captivating release, adding to the already impressive Bach Cantata pilgrimage series.


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Disc 1
Cantata "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele" II BWV 143
011. Coro - Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele1:17
022. Choral (Soprano) Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ1:49
033. Recitativo (Tenor) Wohl den, des Hülfe der Gott Jakob ist0:19
044. Aria (Tenor) Tausendfaches Unglück, Schrecken2:40
055. Aria (Bass) Der Herr ist König ewiglich1:33
066. Aria (Tenor) con Choral Jesu, Retter deiner Herde2:47
077. Coro (Choral) Halleluja2:06
Cantata "Jesu, nun sei gepreiset" BWV 41
081. Coro (Choral) Jesu, nun sei gepreiset7:37
092. Aria (Soprano) Lass uns, o höchster Gott, das Jahr vollbringen5:44
103. Recitativo (Alto) Ach! Deine Hand, dein Segen muss allein1:06
114. Aria (Tenor) Woferne du den edlen Frieden8:03
125. Recitativo (Bass) e Coro - Doch weil der Feind bei Tag und Nacht0:51
136. Choral - Dein ist allein die Ehre1:54
Cantata "Herr Gott, dich loben wir" BWV 16
141. Coro (Choral) Herr Gott, dich loben wir1:38
152. Recitativo (Bass) So stimmen wir1:08
163. Aria (Bass) e Coro - Lasst uns jauchzen, lasst uns freuen3:20
174. Recitativo (Alto) Ach treuer Hort1:27
185. Aria (Tenor) Geliebter Jesu, du allein7:12
196. Choral - All solch dein Güt wir preisen0:59
Cantata "Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm" BWV 171
201. Coro - Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm1:45
212. Aria (Tenor) Herr, so weit die Wolken gehen4:02
223. Recitativo (Alto) Du süßer Jesus-Name du0:57
234. Aria (Soprano) Jesus soll mein erstes Wort5:08
245. Recitativo (Bass) Und da du, Herr, gesagt1:35
256. Choral - Lass uns das Jahr vollbringen2:09

Disc 2
Cantata "Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind" BWV 153
011. Choral - Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind0:53
022. Recitativo (Alto) Mein liebster Gott, ach lass dich's doch erbarmen0:30
033. Arioso (Bass) Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin mit dir1:20
044. Recitativo (Tenor) Du sprichst zwar, lieber Gott, zu meiner Seelen Ruh1:11
055. Choral - Und ob gleich alle Teufel1:01
066. Aria (Tenor) Stürmt nur, stürmt, ihr Trübsalswetter2:38
077. Recitativo (Bass) Getrost! Mein Herz1:32
088. Aria (Alto) Soll ich meinen Lebenslauf2:24
099. Choral - Drum will ich, weil ich lebe noch1:09
Cantata "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid" II BWV 58
101. Aria (Bass) con Choral (Soprano) Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid3:38
112. Recitativo (Bass) Verfolgt dich gleich die arge Welt1:12
123. Aria (Soprano) Ich bin vergnügt in meinem Leiden5:15
134. Recitativo (Soprano) Kann es die Welt nicht lassen1:09
145. Aria (Bass) con Choral (Soprano) Ich hab vor mir ein schwere Reis2:25

Total Playing Time: 1:35:54