J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas 198, 158 and 27

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Juergen Juergens
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Concerto Amsterdam
Soloists:Rotraud Hansmann (soprano)
Helen Watts (alto)
Kurt Equiluz (tenor)
Max van Egmond (bass)
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 198 "Lass, Fuerstin, lass noch einen Strahl" ("Trauer-Ode")
Cantata BWV 158 "Der Friede sei mit dir"
Cantata BWV 27 "Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende"
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-93687-2
Year Released/Recorded:1967-8
Total Playing Time:66:42
Comments:Bob Halliday said:

This Juergens version of the "Trauer-Ode" still seems to me to be the most persuasive of all. For some reason, Gardiner, Herreweghe, and others race through the opening chorus, which should be taken at a more solemn tempo. This is, after all, a funeral cantata. Chorus and soloists sing with a completely natural-sounding emotional commitment to the music, but never romanticise it unduly. The recorded sound is as clean and transparent as tnat of any of the later versions.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Bob Halliday
Date First Submitted:01/13/1998