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J.S. Bach – Cantatas, Volume 53

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Catalogue numberBIS-1991 SACD
Release date2013-03-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

The three cantatas on this recording come from the first half of the 1730s, by which time J.S. Bach was no longer writing a new cantata every week. In these later works, Bach’s affinity for instrumental colour is coming more clearly to the fore, as are elements of the new ‘empfindsamer Stil’ with its tendency towards expressive melodies rich in syncopations and suspensions, and towards homophonic writing. The three cantatas are also linked in that they are all chorale cantatas, harking back to Bach’s second year in Leipzig (1724–25), when the cantatas that he wrote were each based in their entirety on a well-known hymn. The opening cantata, In allen meinen Taten BWV 97, is a setting of nine strophes from a poem by Paul Fleming, one of the great German baroque poets, and begins with a splendid French overture, in which the orchestra intones a solemn, slow introduction with the typical dotted rhythms, followed by a lively fugal section during which the choir makes its entry. This is followed by BWV 177, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, which at its centre has the aria Verleih, dass ich aus Herzensgrund… a heartfelt prayer from the soprano and oboe da caccia for the capacity to forgive one’s enemies. The hymn Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, on which the closing BWV 9 is based, remains an important hymn in the German Evangelical Church. The text – and Bach’s setting of it – eloquently conveys the message that it is through faith rather than deeds that mankind may achieve salvation.
 
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  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  In allen meinen Taten, BWV 97 25:17
01 1. [Chorus]. In allen meinen Taten 03:59 $ 0.84 USD
02 2. Versus 2. Aria (Basso). Nichts ist es spat und frühe 03:20 $ 0.70 USD
03 3. Versus 3. Recitativo (Tenore). Es kann mir nichts
geschehen
00:33 $ 0.12 USD
04 4. Versus 4. Aria (Tenore). Ich traue seiner Gnaden 06:08 $ 1.29 USD
05 5. Versus 5. Recitativo (Alto). Er wolle meiner Sünden 00:42 $ 0.15 USD
06 6. Versus 6. Aria (Alto). Leg ich mich späte nieder 02:59 $ 0.63 USD
07 7. Versus 7. Duetto (Soprano, Basso). Hat er es denn
beschlossen
03:16 $ 0.69 USD
08 8. Versus 8. [Aria] (Soprano). Ihm hab ich mich ergeben 03:23 $ 0.71 USD
09 9. Versus ultimus. Choral. So sein nun, Seele, deine 00:57 $ 0.20 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 177 23:14
10 1. Chorus. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ 06:15 $ 1.31 USD
11 2. Versus 2. [Aria] (Alto). Ich bitt noch mehr, o Herre Gott 05:35 $ 1.17 USD
12 3. Versus 3. [Aria] (Soprano). Verleih, dass ich aus
Herzensgrund
05:48 $ 1.22 USD
13 4. Versus 4. [Aria] (Tenore). Lass mich kein Lust noch
Furcht von dir
04:20 $ 0.91 USD
14 5. Versus 5. [Choral]. Ich lieg im Streit und widerstreb 01:16 $ 0.27 USD
 
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 9 18:57
15 1. [Chorus]. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her 04:40 $ 0.98 USD
16 2. Recitativo (Basso). Gott gab uns ein Gesetz 01:09 $ 0.24 USD
17 3. Aria (Tenore). Wir waren schon zu tief gesunken 04:01 $ 0.84 USD
18 4. Recitativo (Basso). Doch musste das Gesetz erfüllet
werden
01:15 $ 0.26 USD
19 5. Aria (Soprano, Alto). Herr, du siehst statt guter Werke 05:09 $ 1.08 USD
20 6. Recitativo (Basso). Wenn wir die Sünd’ aus dem Gesetz
erkennen
01:21 $ 0.28 USD
21 7. Choral. Ob sich’s anließ, als wollt’ er nicht 01:22 $ 0.29 USD
 
  Album total 67:28
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
Choir & orchestraBach Collegium Japan
BassKooij, Peter
TenorTürk, Gerd
Counter-tenorBlaze, Robin
SopranoBlažíková, Hana

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