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|Johann Sebastian Bach, John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists|
Bach Cantatas, Vol. 19: Greenwich/Romsey
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Cantatas by BWV Number and Name.
Vegan Daddy | Roslyn, WA | 05/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bach cantata sets have flourished since Harnoncourt/Leonhardt and Rilling did theirs. Koopman, Gardiner, Suzuki, et al. - We all have our favourites and each conductor delivers a different performance (widely due to different nationalities of orchestra/choirs-Dutch, British, Japanese, German, etc). Gardiner has delivered a consistency in quality beyond the above former conductors contributions. This set is an example of excellent research, high quality sound and virtuostic performances.
Below is a temporary listing of what is on this set by name and BWV number since Amazon has yet to list it at the time of this brief review.
Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155
Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 3
Meine Seufzer, meine Tr?nen, BWV 13
Ach wie fl?chtig, ach wie nichtig, ist der Menschen Leben, BWV 26
Jesus schl?ft, was soll ich hoffen?, BWV 81
W?r Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit, BWV 14
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
GEORGE RANNIE | DENVER, COLORADO United States | 05/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Resistance to the Gardiner Bach Pilgrimage, for me, is futile. Therefore, I'm no longer resisting going on this journey in any way. This is the sixth volume (actually Volume 19) of the series. As in my previous reviews of the first five volumes, I am thrilled to be a part of this pilgrimage even if it is only in the capacity of an "arm chair" traveler. I wish that I could more eloquently express just how much I'm enjoying listening to this GORGIOUS music by J.S. Bach that is conducted GLORIOUSLY by Gardiner. Trying to express just how great the music of Johann Sebastian Bach is along with how great these masterful performances contained in this volume 19 is really an impossible task for me. Therefore all that I can say is if you love Bach's music you MUST listen to these recordings. Under Gardiner's leadership, (as in the previous recordings in this series) this volume again showcases the extreme talents of the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloist (comprising of "original" instruments) who play and sing unbelievably well.
According to the album notes this 2-disc Volume 19 contains the "Epiphany" cantatas. Being a confirmed heathen, I really don't know the religious significance or connotation of what is contained in volume 19; however, I DO know that Volume 19 contains cantatas by J.S. Bach that are simply beautiful! As in the previous releases, Gardiner and his forces perform exquisitely. Now, I must mention some of the soloist in this release.
Tenor, Paul Agnew again is really impressive! Again, in this recording his runs and ornamentations almost had me on the floor in awe. He really sings most impressively-listen to his aria on tracts 2 & 9 of disc 2-wow!. Joann Lunn, soprano is wonderful too; her recitative and aria from the cantata "Mein Gott wie Lang ach Lange", BMW 155 on the first disc is splendid. Countertenor William Towers is very good also listen to his very dramatic aria under tract 7 second disc. He sings with a full and rich voice. As a matter of fact, none of the soloists are less than wonderful.
I totally agree with the notes in the very informative booklet to Volume 19 that the cantata"Jesus, schlaft, was soll ich hoffen?" BMW 81 is splendidly operatic. Gardiner and his forces perform it in a most exciting manner with it sounding, to me, closer to one of Handle's vocal works -bravo!
As before, look to the previous reviewer for a splendidly comprehensive listing of the cantatas on this recording.
Another winner in the series
Brendan R. Considine | Ohio | 08/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seriously, if you have any other CD in this series...what Are You Waiting For? Buy this!"