J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas: Complete, Vol. 4

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir
Soloists:Soprano: Lisa Larson, Els Bongers, Anne Grim, Caroline Stam
Alto: Elisabeth von Magnus, Peter de Groot
Tenor: Paul Agnew, Jeremy Ovenden
Bass: Klaus Mertens, Donald Bentvelsen
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:disk1:
Laß Füerstin, laß noch einen Strahl BWV198
Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV215

Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata), BWV211
Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet Trompeten!, BWV214
Non sa che sia dolore, BWV209

Ich bin in mir vergnügt, BWV204
Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV201

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:0630-15562-2
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:disk1 70'43"
disk2 71'52"
disk3 76'38"
Related Web Site:http://www.tonkoopman.nl
Comments:H.P.A Meulendijks said:

Volume 4 of 20 volumes of all the church and secular cantatas. Volume 1-3 contains church and secular cantatas from before leipzig volume 4-5 contains the secular cantatas from the leipzig period volume 6-20 will contain the church cantatas from the leipzig period All cantatas are and will be performed live and broadcasted by the dutch radio Some cantatas will be registred and broadcasted by the dutch television 9,16,23,30 mrt1997 6,13 apr1997

Mark-Jan Nederhof said:

If possible, this production has succeeded even better than vol. 3 of the series. I am relieved that Paul Agnew's erroneous pronunciation of the "s" is a little less terrible than in vol 3., although it is still not acceptable.

At times, the sound engineer must have been sleeping and soloists are put too much in the back. In BWV 204, two microphones are too close to the soprano, so that when she turns her head a little while singing, one imagines her driving a bicycle, going quickly from one side of the recording location to the other.

These are the only points of criticism I've been able to find in an otherwise superb production. For some cantatas, vol. 4 may well contain the very best recordings that are currently available.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • H.P.A Meulendijks
  • Mark-Jan Nederhof
Date First Submitted:11/08/1997