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J.S. Bach - Cantatas, Vol.26 (BWV 180,122 and 96)

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1401
Release date2004-12-28
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

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The 26th Volume of Bach Cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan consists of three works composed for performances during the last three months of 1742. They are part of the composer’s projected (but discontinued) Chorale Cantata Year, in which every cantata for a whole year was to be based on a well-known chorale rather than on the traditional gospel reading for the Sunday in question. The text of the chosen hymn was thus reworked by the librettist into poems suitable for setting into recitatives, arias, duets etc. Of the three works in question, BWV 180 (Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele) is the most famous. Based on a communion hymn by Johannes Crüger, its opening chorus has long been regarded by Bach connoisseurs as one of the most beautiful in any of the cantatas. (‘One can tell from the composition that the master was working on one of his favourite melodies’, wrote Albert Schweitzer.) BWV 122 (Das neugeborne Kindelein) was intended for the Sunday after Christmas, which in 1742 was also New Year’s Eve, and is a meditation on the future, seen in the light of the recent birth of the Saviour.
The BIS Cantata Cycle has recently been earning even more praise than usual. In the 2004 best-of-lists of the critics of the German magazine Fono Forum, the whole series was put forward as Edition des Jahres, and Volume 24 was named Choc de l’année in the influential French review Le Monde de la musique, while Diapason gave it their November Diapason d’Or. In the same month Volume 25 was chosen as Disc of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, while in the December issue the Gramophone critic wrote: ‘Suzuki projects the unity of each work with carefully sculpted opening choruses, well-leavened recitatives and urgent, radiant orchestral playing… a recording series, reaching near its mid-point, of outstanding consistency.’ This the 26th volume will surely be seen as a worthy successor!
 
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  Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV180 21:31
01 I. Chorus - Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele... 05:07 $ 1.23 USD
02 II. Aria (tenor) - Ermuntre dich; dein Heiland klopft... 05:22 $ 1.29 USD
03 III. Recitativo & Choral (soprano) - Wie teuer sind des
heilgen Mahles Gaben!
03:01 $ 0.72 USD
04 IV. Recitativo (Alto) - Mein Herz fühlt in sich Furcht und
Freude...
01:28 $ 0.35 USD
05 V. Aria (Soprano) - Lebens Sonne, Licht der Sinnen... 04:10 $ 1.00 USD
06 VI. Recitativo (bass) - Herr, lass an mir dein treues
Lieben...
00:59 $ 0.24 USD
07 VII. Choral - Jesu, wahres Brot des Lebens... 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
 
  Das neugeborne Kindlein, BWV 122 13:33
08 I. Chorus - Das neugeborne Kindlein... 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
09 II. Aria (basso) - O Menschen, die ihr täglich sündigt... 05:10 $ 1.24 USD
10 III. Recitativo (soprano) - Die Engel, welche sich zuvor... 01:15 $ 0.30 USD
11 IV. Aria & Shoral (soprano, tenor, alto) - Ist Gott
versöhnt und unser Freund...
02:03 $ 0.49 USD
12 V. Recitativo (bass) - Dies ist ein Tag... 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
13 VI. Choral - Er bringt das rechte Jubeljahr... 00:47 $ 0.19 USD
 
  Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, BWV 96 17:41
14 I. Chorus - Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn... 04:25 $ 1.06 USD
15 II. Recitativo (Alto) - O Wunderkraft der Liebe... 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
16 III. Aria (tenor) - Ach, ziehe die Seele mit Seilen der
Liebe...
06:52 $ 1.65 USD
17 IV. Recitativo (Soprano) - Ach, führe mich, o Gott, zum
rechten Wege...
00:47 $ 0.19 USD
18 V. Aria (bass) - Bald zur Rechten, bald zur Linken... 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
19 VI. Choral - Ertöt uns dein Güte... 01:17 $ 0.31 USD
 
  Album total 52:45
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