J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas for the Feast of the Purification of Mary

Main Performer
or Conductor:
John Eliot Gardiner
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Monteverdi Choir / The English Baroque Soloists
Soloists:Robin Tyson, countertenor, Paul Agnew, tenor, Peter Harvey, bass/baritone
Individual Works:BWV 83 Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde
BWV 82 Ich habe genug
BWV 125 Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
BWV 200 Bekennen will ich seinen Namen
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:463 585-2
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:68'59
Comments:Joanne Stebler said:

The works on this CD were recorded live during John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage undertaken in 2000.
Striking, as always when Gardiner is conducting, is the great enthusiasm displayed in the performance and the emphasis on the meaning of the text.
Gardiner appears to take this very literally in his interpretation of the aria "Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen" (BWV 82) which is played very slowly (11'11 against Herreweghe's 9'38), like a lullaby, and takes a bit of getting used to. However, Peter Harvey's flawless German and emphatic performance , make this a surprisingly sensitive recording of a much interpreted cantata.
Paul Agnew and Robin Tyson are left with the more obviously joyful arias on this recording and convincingly do so.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Joanne Stebler
Date First Submitted:02/24/2002