J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Secular Cantatas: BWV 211 & BWV 213

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Orchestra & Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Soloists:Barbara Bonney: Soprano
Ralf Popken: Alto
Christoph PrÚgardien: Tenor
David Wilson-Johnson: Bass
Individual Works:BWV 211: "Coffee"
BWV 213: "Hercules auf dem Scheidewege" (piece reviewed)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:442 779-2
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:74:10
Comments:John Robinson said:

Gustav Leonhardt's brilliant direction of a fine cast of soloists (Barbara Bonney and Christoph PrÚgardien are particular favorites) and one of the best period instrument ensembles (the Orchestra and Choir of the Age of Enlightenment) produces a recording that achieves an excellent balance of technical accuracy and musical passion. Many of the technical problems one hears in Leonhardt's recordings of the earlier Cantatas, especially the raggedness of the orchestra and chorus, are resolved (the result, in part, of the use of adults for the soprano and alto parts). Happily, the musicality and passion of the earlier Cantata recordings are fully manifest, making this a welcome antidote to many dull, mechanical performances of the Cantatas so in vogue.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Robinson
Date First Submitted:09/14/1997