J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas 4 & 140

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wayne Riddell
Accompaniment/Orchestra:CBC Vancouver Orchestra
Soloists:Rosemarie Landry
Ben Heppner (before he made it big)
Mark Pedrotti
with the Tudor Singers of Montreal
Individual Works:Cantata nr. 4 "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 4
Cantata nr. 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", BWV 140
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:CBC
Catalog Number:SMCD5029C
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Total Playing Time:50:59
Comments:I have heard nr. 4 many times, but the sound on this is phenomenal. The CBC Vancouver Orchestra gets a great etheral opening on the Sinfonia in nr. 4. It was one of the first purely digital recordings made onto CD, and it is well justified. The clarity is amazing, and although it sounds like they use period instruments, they don't. It's just great playing.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Milan Gowin
Date First Submitted:03/30/1997