J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sinfonias & Orchestral Movements from Cantatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
E. Power Biggs
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch,
Conductor; Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, Richard Kapp, conductor
Soloists:E. Power Biggs, Organ
Stephen Taylor, Oboe
Edward Carroll, Trumpet
Lee Soper, Trumpet
Individual Works:Sinfonia to Cantata BWV 29 "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir
danken dir"
Aria from Cantata BWV 34 "O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe"
Sonata to Cantata BWV 31 "Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret"
Sinfonias 1 & 2 from Cantata BWV 35 "Geist und Seele wird verwirret"
Sinfonia to Cantata BWV 49 "Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen"
Aria from Cantata BWV 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen"
Aria from Cantata BWV 68 "Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt"
Choral from Cantata BWV 129 "Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott"
Chorus from Cantata BWV 140 "Wauchet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
Instrumental Movement to Cantata BWV 146 "Wir mussen durch viel Trubsal in
das Reich Gottes eingehen"
Choral from Cantata BWV 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
Sinfonia to Cantata BWV "Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe"
Sinfonia to Cantata BWV 169 "Gott soll allein mein Gerze haben"
Marcia & Coro from Cantata BWV 207 "Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:SBK 62829
Year Released/Recorded:1975
Total Playing Time:74:43
Comments:Overall, these recordings of various instrumental movements of Bach's Cantatas are not bad. In fact, the trumpet solos are wonderful and
very lively. The tempos are taken well and the pieces seem balanced. My only complaint is that E. Power Biggs' playing on quick passages (e.g. "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir") is very choppy. Every recording of his seems to be this way, and for this reason I tend to stay away from his recordings (This is overly evident on his recording of Vierne's 'Finale' from Organ Symphony No. 1). Otherwise, these are good recordings of some of Bach's most beautiful orchestral works.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jeff Moellman
Date First Submitted:07/24/1997