J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantata No.198

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Soloists:Jan Patrick o'Farell, Soprano (soloist of the Knabenchor Hannover)
Rene Jacobs, Alto
John Elwes, Tenor
Harry van der Kamp, Bass
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:The recording of BWV 198 I recommend is contained in disc 6 of Teldec's Das Kantatenwerk Vol.10, which includes cantatas No.183-188, 192, 194-199.
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-91764-2
Year Released/Recorded:Not listed but perhaps late 80's
Total Playing Time:about 37 minutes (BWV198)
Comments:Akira Tokuhisa said:

The Cantata No.198 was composed for the funeral of the queen of Sachsen who was deeply adored by the people there. It was performed in Leipzip on a late autumn day. This work is full of sorrowful arias and degnified choruses. Among the performers, I highly appreciate the Knabenchor Hannover, one of the most famous boys' choirs in Germany, which made a great contribution to Teldec's Das Kantatenwerk. How naturally they can express the pure and deep grief of this work. "An dir, du Vorbild grosser Frauen" of the track 7 is breathtakingly beautiful. The ending of a word sung by the choir is exceptionally weightless and gently pervades the air( listen to the ending of the words "Ihr Dichter, schreibt" in the track 10 "Doch Koenigin! Du stirbest nicht"). Undoubtedly the Knabenchor Hannover is the best choir to sing this kind of music. Unfortunately we have to buy a set of 6-CDs to get the recording of BWV198. I request Teldec Co. to issue it in one CD so that we can buy one easily.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Akira Tokuhisa
Date First Submitted:06/12/1998