J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Coffee Cantata, Peasant Cantata

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christopher Hogwood
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Academy of Ancient Music
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 211: "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" (Coffee
Cantata BWV 212: "Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet" (Peasant Cantata)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:L'Oiseau-Lyre
Catalog Number:417 621-2
Year Released/Recorded:1986
Related Web Site:http://www.aam.co.uk/
Comments:Thomas Hubeart said:

Emma Kirkby and David Thomas do a fine job of both singing and acting the roles of Schlendrian and Lieschen in the "Coffee Cantata," and of the two peasants in the "Peasant Cantata." Of special note is the especially small size of Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music on this recording: five string players, flute, natural horn, and Hogwood on harpsichord. Apparently this is an attempt to reflect the "chamber music" nature of these cantatas, and it works well. A highly recommended recording.

Lars Hinnum said:

A winning and lively recording. If you are a great fan of baroque music and J.S. Bach this is the CD to go for. The cantatas are beautifully sung by my favourite soprano voice Emma Kirkby - the diva of renaissance and baroque music. The conducting and playing of Christopher Hogwood and his team of period-performance specialist The Academy of Ancient Music are as always superb. Strongly recommended.

Jordan Sayers said:

An absolutely delightful disc: the superb combination of Kirkby, Thomas, and Covey-Crump make this one of the best cds of Bach's cantatas I own. While Hogwood's recording is not my favorite (the Leonhardt recording on Phillips with Barbara Bonney as Lieschen is the most prized coffee cantata disc I own) it is easily and by far the best available recording. While you won't Hogwood's cd in the States, you can find at some Canadian and most UK websites (Arkiv, Tower UK, etc.). Since the Leonhardt recording is sadly out of print, this one will do just as well (to my ear, it comes in at a very close second to Leonhardt's disc). Compared to all other available "coffee cantatas", this is only one I can recommend.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
  • Lars Hinnum
  • Jordan Sayers
Date First Submitted:06/13/1997