J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas: Complete, Vol. 10

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir
Soloists:Caroline Stam, soprano
Michael Chance, alto
Paul Agnew, tenor
Klaus Mertens, bass
Ton Koopman, organ and harpsichord
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn BWV 119
Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss BWV 134
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun BWV 44
Herr, wie du willt, so shicks mit mir BWV 73
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort BWV 20
Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh darein BWV 2
Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott BWV 101
Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 180
Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir BWV 130
Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht BWV 134a
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:8573-80220-2
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Total Playing Time:220'+
Comments:J Moy said:

Another wonderful addition to my collection of Bach Cantatas, which I have only recently begun to explore. No disappointments here! I have yet to see any readily available online source that has detailed scorings for each cantata, so I will attempt to summarize here for the benefit of any other interested parties:

BWV 190: oboes, recorders, trumpets, bassoon, timpani, strings, organ, lute
BWV 134 & 44: oboes, bassoon, strings, organ, lute
BWV 73 & 20: oboes, horn, bassoon, strings, organ, lute
BWV 2 & 101: oboes, trombones, cornett, bassoon, strings, organ, lute
BWV 180: oboes, bassoon, traverso, recorders, cello piccolo, organ, lute
BWV 130: oboes, traverso, trumpets, timpani, bassoon, strings, organ, lute
BWV 134a: oboes, bassoon, strings, harpsichord

The basso continuo in this set of recordings is wonderful. The martial works, BWV 130 and 119 are well-rounded off by lutes while Koopman's organ continuo accompaniments are perfect testaments to why he has garnered so many Continuo competition awards in his day. A gem in this set is BWV 134a, which is set as a dialogue between "Time" and "Divine providence," and the recitatives and arias are most wonderfully supplemented by harpsichord! As a harpsichordist, I know that one must take special care not to play too "melodic" in continuo as to draw too much attention away from the soloist, but in this case, it was just simply delightful; the instrument and the recording made for a very well balanced sound. All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend it to any Bach fan!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • J Moy
Date First Submitted:08/10/2001