J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Das Kantatenwerk - Vol. 26

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concentus musicus Wien/Leonhardt-Consort
Individual Works:Kantate BWV 103 (Ihr werdet weinen und heulen);
Kantate BWV 104 (Du Hirte Israel, hore);
Kantate BWV 105 (Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht);
Kantate BWV 106 (Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:21292-42602-2 ZK
Year Released/Recorded:1980
Total Playing Time:76'29''
Comments:Gerardo Martinez said:

Out of all the 45 volumes of this Complete Set of Bach's Cantatas, I find Canata No.106 to be outstanding. Harnoncourt does what a lot of other conductors do not do, which is to perform Bach's Cantatas in the exact conditions as they they were performed durning the time of the master. I'm not only refering to performing on original insturments of the period but also reducing the size of both the choir and the ensemble (2 recorders, 2 viola da gamba, strings and continuo). Bvw 106 was one of Bach's earlier cantatas. I do not think he had acces to a large amount fo musicians during that time. When you listen to this recording you really hear a nice blend and balance between the choir, the strings, the organ (which is superbly mellow and improvised ), and the 2 weeker sections: the viola da gamba and the recorders. One would give all the credit to the sound engineers but after listining to this recording that assumption is thrown out the window. The music sounds as if it were performed in a church durning the early 18th century.

It is now impossible to find this C.D. in a volume 26 (the brown covered, 2 C.D. set version) I own all but 3 volumes (12,13, and 20) of the 45 volume set. If anyone knows about getting a hold of those three vols. I'm looking for your help will be greatly appreciated!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • guglielmo romano
  • Gerardo Martinez
Date First Submitted:04/01/1996