J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Baroque Cantatas: J.S. Bach, Telemann

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Forster
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Berliner Symphoniker and Chorus of the St. Hedwig Cathedral, Berlin.
Soloists:Erika Köth, soprano - Pales.
Annelies Kupper, alto - Diana.
Fritz Wunderlich, tenor - Endymion.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone - Pan.
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd"
Cantata BWV 203, "Amore Traditore"

and cantata "Die Hoffnung ist mein Leben" by Telemann.

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:7243 5 65729 2 8.
Year Released/Recorded:1961, 1960, 1963.
Total Playing Time:61:36
Comments:George Murnu said:

Old style at its best. Of course, these recordings are not for purists, though even them will enjoy Fritz Wunderlich's singing in the cantata BWV 208. And Wunderlich is not even mentioned anywhere in the CD version of the recording! (though he is given proper credit in previous releases on LP of this recording.) Annelies Kupper is not mentioned either and sings well, though operatic the role of Diana. The liability among soloists is Erika Köth who unfortunately sings the most famous arias of the work: "Schafe können siche weiden" - also known as "Sheeps may safely gaze" - and "Weil die wollenrerichen Herden", later reused in part in the cantata BWV 68. Forster conducts with vigor, the chorus is larger than what we're used today but very good, and the orchestra may not have the ultimate polish of the Berlin Philharmonic but plays well nonetheless.

The rest of the works are for solo bass and a small ensemble. Fischer-Dieskau is caught here in his prime. Among the accompanists please notice Irmgard Poppen, his first wife, who plays the cello. Altogether a great way to enjoy these works for non-purists. Certainly my favorite non-HIP recordings.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:06/21/1998