Bach Cantatas Vol 18

SDG 174  |  2 CD (43 tracks)

For Christmas Day
BWV 63 / 191

For Epiphany
BWV 65 / 123

For the First Sunday after Epiphany 
BWV 154 / 124 / 32

Recorded in Weimar / Leipzig / Hamburg

Claron McFadden / Magdalena Kožená / Bernarda Fink / Sally Bruce-Payne / Michael Chance / Christoph Genz /
James Gilchrist / Dietrich Henschel / Peter Harvey
The Monteverdi Choir
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner

"What makes Gardiner worth following is his understanding of the music. From his notes it’s clear that he sees these cantatas not just as musical marvels but as deeply felt religious allegories, which is likely how Bach himself saw them. And what emanates from this dual understanding is a wealth of imaginative detail." - AndrewFarach-Colton, Gramophone


Volume 18, the last to be released, was one of the most talked about musical events of the last decade. It is an anthology of the Christmas period, combining cantatas for Christmas Day and the Epiphany, and features ten acclaimed soloists, including Magdalena Kožená, Bernarda Fink, Michael Chance, James Gilchrist and Christopher Genz.

The album opens with BWV 63 Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (“Christians, engrave this Day”), which was performed on Christmas Day 1999 to launch the year-long pilgrimage. This is one of Bach’s best known cantatas. The accompagnato recit was sung by Bernarda Fink to great acclaim. BWV 65 Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen (“All they from Sheba shall come”) describes the procession of the three magi. Bach conveys the majesty of the scene by using high horns, and the recorders and oboes da caccia create an Eastern-like atmosphere. The cantatas on this album display a great variety of dramatic expression. Both BWV 154 Mein Liebster Jesus ist verloren (“My dearest Jesus is lost”) and BWV 123 Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (“Beloved Jesus, my Desire”) tell the same story, but in a different style, expressing different emotions.

This album was recorded at Weimar’s Herderkirche, Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche and Hamburg’s Hauptkirche St Jakobi.


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Tracks in the album:

Disc 1
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Cantata "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag" BWV 63
 
 
 
01 1. Coro - Christen, ätzet diesen Tag 4:48
 
 
 
02 2. Recitativo (Alto) O sel'ger Tag! 3:13
 
 
 
03 3. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Bass) Gott, du hast es wohlgefüget 7:02
 
 
 
04 4. Recitativo (Tenor) So kehret sich nun heut 0:42
 
 
 
05 5. Aria (Duetto) (Alto, Tenor) Ruft und fleht den Himmel an 3:15
 
 
 
06 6. Recitativo (Bass) Verdoppelt euch demnach 0:53
 
 
 
07 7. Coro - Höchster schau in Gnaden an 6:34
 
 
Cantata "Gloria in excelsis Deo" BWV 191
 
 
 
08 I. Teil 1. Coro - Gloria in excelsis Deo 5:50
 
 
 
09 II. Teil 2. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Tenor) Gloria Patri 3:55
 
 
 
10 II. Teil 3. Coro - Sicut erat in principio 3:58
 
 
Cantata "Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen" BWV 65
 
 
 
11 1. Coro (Concerto) Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen 4:11
 
 
 
12 2. Choral - Die Kön'ge aus Saba kamen dar 0:36
 
 
 
13 3. Recitativo (Bass) Was dort Jesaias vorhergesehn 1:41
 
 
 
14 4. Aria (Bass) Gold aus Ophir ist zu schlecht 2:52
 
 
 
15 5. Recitativo (Tenor) Verschmähe nicht 1:21
 
 
 
16 6. Aria (Tenor) Nimm mich dir zu eigen hin 3:21
 
 
 
17 7. Choral - Ei nun, mein Gott, so fall ich dir 1:17
 
 
Cantata "Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen" BWV 123
 
 
 
18 1. Coro (Choral) Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen 5:10
 
 
 
19 2. Recitativo (Alto) Die Himmelssüssigkeit, der Auserwählten Lust 0:46
 
 
 
20 3. Aria (Tenor) Auch die harte Kreuzesreise 7:02
 
 
 
21 4. Recitativo (Bass) Kein Höllenfeind kann mich verschlingen 0:37
 
 
 
22 5. Aria (Bass) Lass, o Welt, mich aus Verachtung 8:36
 
 
 
23 6. Choral - Drum fahrt nur immer hin 1:10
 
 

Disc 2
Sample Track Title Duration Downloads
Cantata "Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren" BWV 154
 
 
 
01 1. Aria (Tenor) Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren 3:27
 
 
 
02 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Wo treff ich meinen Jesum an 0:38
 
 
 
03 3. Choral - Jesu, mein Hort und Erretter 1:07
 
 
 
04 4. Aria (Alto) Jesu, lass dich finden 3:11
 
 
 
05 5. Arioso (Bass) Wisset ihr nicht 1:13
 
 
 
06 6. Recitativo (Tenor) Dies ist die Stimme meines Freundes 1:55
 
 
 
07 7. Aria (Duetto) (Alto, Tenor) Wohl mir, Jesus ist gefunden 3:29
 
 
 
08 8. Choral - Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht 1:00
 
 
Cantata "Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht" BWV 124
 
 
 
09 1. Coro (Choral) Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht 3:18
 
 
 
10 2. Recitativo (Tenor) Solange sich ein Tropfen Blut 0:42
 
 
 
11 3. Aria (Tenor) Und wenn der harte Todesschlag 3:07
 
 
 
12 4. Recitativo (Bass) Doch ach! Welch schweres Ungemach 0:53
 
 
 
13 5. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Alto) Entziehe dich eilends, mein Herze, der Welt 4:14
 
 
 
14 6. Choral - Jesum lass ich nicht von mir 1:04
 
 
Cantata "Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen" BWV 32
 
 
 
15 1. Aria (Soprano) Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen 5:21
 
 
 
16 2. Recitativo (Bass) Was ist's, dass du mich gesuchet? 0:23
 
 
 
17 3. Aria (Bass) Hier, in meines Vaters Stätte 8:13
 
 
 
18 4. Recitativo (Dialogo) (Soprano, Bass) Ach! heiliger und grosser Gott 2:25
 
 
 
19 5. Aria (Duetto) (Soprano, Bass) Nun verschwinden alle Plagen 5:19
 
 
 
20 6. Choral - Mein Gott, öffne mir die Pforten 1:13
 
 

Total Playing Time: 2:11:19