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Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 5 - Kuijken

Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 5 - Kuijken

Accent  ACC 25305

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Classical - Vocal


Bach: "Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich" BWV 17, "Geist und Selle wird verwirret" BWV 35, "Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet" BWV 164, "Siehe zu, dass deien Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei" BWV 179

Gerlinde Sämann (soprano)
Petra Noskaiová (alto)
Jan Kobow (tenor)
Dominik Wörner (baritone)
La Petite Bande
Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor)

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Review by John Broggio - October 3, 2007

After a slightly less inspired effort in Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 4 - Kuijken, Kuijken and his team are triumphantly back to their best form.

This, the fifth volume, collects cantatas written for the 11th to 14th Sunday's after Trinity:
Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei - BWV 179
Geist und Seele wird verwirret - BWV 35
Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet - BWV 164
Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich - BWV 17

Three of these are "conventional" cantatas (could Bach ever really write anything conventional?) but "Geist und Seele wird verwirret - BWV 35" is special indeed; few composers can have included concertante organ parts into their sacred works with such skill and grace as this gorgeous and delightful work here. We are fortunate that the soloist Ewald Demeyere is fully capable of the task and he plays with a pleasing sense of vigour as well as delicacy. The vocal solo team of Gerlinde Sämann, Petra Noskaiová, Jan Kobow and Dominik Wörner are as well-matched and of the typically high standard that has been set in this series. The playing of La Petite Bande under Kuijken's direction is, as usual, beyond reproach.

The recording made in the Schloss Seehaus (Markt Nordheim, Germany) is one of the better efforts of the series without being completely first class.

Highly recommended.

Copyright © 2007 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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