J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Hunt Cantata and Peasant Cantata

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Concentus Musicus Wien; Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Soloists:Angela Maria Blasi, soprano
Yvonne Kenny, soprano
Kurt Equiluz, tenor
Robert Holl, bass
Individual Works:Hunt Cantata "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" BWV 208
Peasant Cantata "Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet" BWV 212
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-97601-2
Year Released/Recorded:1988
Total Playing Time:64'10''
Comments:J Moy said:

This is a very annoying performance of these cantatas. There are meritorious moments, but most of the time, the vocal solos are dripping with vibrato, as are the cello continuo bass lines in recitatives and such. The "Sheep may safely graze" movement is pretty tolerable and has a certain serene beauty to it, and the harpsichord and organ continuo done by Herbert Tachezi is awesome, especially in the 4th Movement tenor aria in the Hunt Cantata, but once again, the excessive vibrato and other annoying things (i.e. the playing seems out of tune often) make this CD very unbearable to listen to for extended periods of time. My recommendation, go for the Koopman Cantatas; they may be a bit more expensive, but at least you'll listen to them instead of spending money on a CD to gather dust.

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