J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas: 140, 147

Main Performer
or Conductor:
John Eliot Gardiner
Accompaniment/Orchestra:English Baroque Soloists & The Monteverdi Choir
Soloists:Ruth Holton (soprano)
Michael Chance (countertenor)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor)
Stephen Varcoe (bass)
Alison Bury (violin & violino piccolo)
Angela East (violoncello)
Anthony Robson, Richard Earle (oboe)
Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)
Individual Works:Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Herz un Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:431 809-2
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:52:51
Very good work of Gardiner. The reliable interpretation is in part proportioned by the use of authentic instruments, and also the choir, with masculine altos, gives this
recording a very authentic character. Cantata BWV 140 brings a beautiful opening choral, one of the most lyric cantatas; there are beautiful duets between "the soul" and "Jesus", with an intensity only seen in the romantic operas. Cantata BWV 147 is pretty known because of the final choruses present in both parts (it is a bipartite work because the Sermon separates it in two parts). The fugal opening choral is amazing: brilliant, pompous and martial. The soprano aria "Bereite dir, Jesu" is lyrically interesting, in duet with the violin.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Brad Leissa
  • Daniel Chiesse Zandonade
Date First Submitted:07/04/1995