J.S. Bach

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Little Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Luc Beausejour
Soloists:Karina Gauvin: Soprano
Sergei Isomin: Baroque Cello
Individual Works:"Willst du dein Herz mir schenken" BWV 518
Solo per il Cembalo BWV Anh.129
Polonaise BWV Anh.119
Menuets BWV Anh.114-115
"Shaff's mit mire, Gott" BWV 514
Allemande BWV 813
Courante BWV 813
Menuet BWV Anh. 121
"Bist du bei mir" BWV 508
Praeludium BWV 846
"So oft ich meine TobacksPfeife" BWV 515b
March BWV Anh.122
Polonaise BWV Anh.123
March BWV Anh.124
Polonaise BWV Anh.125
"Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurucke" BWV 509
Menuet BWV Anh.116
Musette D BWV Anh.126
Menuet (G. Bohm)
Recitativo "Ich habe genung! Aria Schlummert ein, ihr matte Augen" (No BWV listed)
Aria in G/"en Sol" BWV 988
Polonaise BWV Anh.130
"Gib dich zufrieden und sei stille" BWV 512
Menuet BWV Anh.120
"Wer nur den lieben" BWV 691
Menuet BWV Anh.132
"O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" BWV 513
Polonaise BWV Anh.117a
"Warm betrubst du dich" BWV 516
Rondeau BWV Anh.183
March BWV Anh.127
Menuet BWV Anh.118
"Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen" BWV 299
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Analekta
Catalog Number:FL 2 3064
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:66'04
Comments:Jordan Sayers said:

This recording is outstanding in every manner and I regard it as the best "Anna Magdalena Notebook" available. Luc Beasejour's playing is lively (quicker tempo than the McGegan recording) and he appears to really enjoy these pieces. His ornamentation is generally moderate offering making this much better listening than the Kipnis set. I was not familiar with the soprano, Karina Gauvin, before purchasing this cd but will certainly seek out her other recordings: the vocal on "Bist du bei mir" stands out as one of the better I've heard. Particularly attractive is her "So oft ich meine TobackPfeife", although only three of the six verses included. If I could only own one recording of the "Notebook for Anna Magdalena", this would be it. While not a complete "Anna Magdalena", the quality of the thirty-three selections are flawless. NOTE: This is an import and is not available in the United States (Analekta is a Canadian label). I had to order my copy through the Analekta website and it only took a few days to arrive. Good liner notes, too!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jordan Sayers
Date First Submitted:04/13/2003