J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas avec Violoncelle Piccolo (Complete)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christophe Coin
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concerto Vocale de Leipzig, Choeur de Chambre Accentus, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges
Soloists:Barbara Schlick
Andreas Scholl
Christoph Pregardien
Gotthold Schwarz
Violoncello Piccolo
Oboe d'Amore
Oboe Da Caccia
Transverse Flute
Individual Works:Cantatas:
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 180
Ich geh und suche mit Verlagen BWV 49
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit BWV 115
Ich bin ein guter Hirt BWV 85
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun BWV 183
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut BWV 199
Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen BWV 175
Jesu, nun sei gepreiset BWV 41
Bleib bei uns, denn es will BWV 6
Also Gott die Welt geliebt BWV 68
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Auvidis Astrée
Catalog Number:E 8597
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:3 hrs 19 min
Comments:Todd M. Billeci said:

Christophe Coin was a student of Harnoncourt & Savall & is the cellist in Quatuor Mosaïques. This is the only Bach from him I've heard & it's excellent.

The violoncello piccolo Coin plays is richly-toned, and sings out during arias, accompanying the solo voice. Bach scores the vc piccolo with each of soprano, alto, tenor & bass soloists at one time or another, so there's interesting variety.

The entire ensemble is placed up in an organ loft flanking the organ & microphoned from below, affording an unusual sound & some fun stereo effects. The fine Silbermann organ used throughout is tuned at a'=460, but the organist transposes down a tone. Coin cites that this was common practice in JSB's days.

Another interesting feature of the set is use of male countertenor Andreas Scholl as alto soloist. He's outstanding.

There's enough variety, in the music and in the unusual period instruments used, I suggest getting the 3 CD set if you can, rather than picking through the CDs individually. Warning: there are authentic period brass instruments used in a couple of tracks. These instruments have intonation problems.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Todd M. Billeci
Date First Submitted:09/17/1998