J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Les Grandes Cantates

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Suddeutscher Madrigalchor & Consortium Musicum - BWV 80+140+106, Academy of St-Martin in the Fields-51, Geraint Jones Orchestra - BWV 82+147 (&Singers)
Soloists:BWV80:Elly Ameling,Janet Baker,Theo Altmeyer,Hans Sotin
BWV51:Hellen Donath, Maurice Andre
BWV140:Elly Ameling, Theo Altmeyer, Hans Sotin
BWV106:Edith Mathis, Sybil Michelow, Theo Altmeyer, Franz Crass
BWV82:Gerard Souzay
BWV147:Joan Sutherland,Helen Watts,Wilfred Brown,Thomas Hemsley
Individual Works:Cantate BWV 80 "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott"
Cantate BWV 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen"
Cantate BWV 140/a> "Wachet auf, ruft die Stimme"
BWV 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit"
Cantate BWV 82 "Ich habe genug"
Cantate BWV 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben"
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI Classics
Catalog Number:7243 5 68752 2 7
Year Released/Recorded:BWV80&140-1967,
Total Playing Time:2h23m01s
Comments:Hans van den Hooff said:

The way JS must have wanted it: devote and perfect accentuation of circle of quints

Ehud Shiloni said:

A mixed collection of six well known cantatas. The three performed by Gonnenwein (80,140,106) are surprisingly clear, energetic and overall very pleasing. Individual singers are very good, and my favorite was Bass Hans Sotin who has an especially dark-coloured voice. The two cantatas by Geraint Jones (82,147)suffer a bit more from age.. Helen Donath and Maurice Andre present a good version of virtuoso BWV51, although better performances do exist.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Hans van den Hooff
  • Ehud Shiloni
Date First Submitted:03/30/1997