J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas 140, 51, 78

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Joshua Rifkin
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Bach Ensemble
Soloists:Julianne Baird, soprano
Allan Fast, countertenor
Frank Kelley, tenor
Jan Opalach, bass
Individual Works:"Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51
Jesu, der du meine Seele", BWV 78
"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:L'Oiseau-Lyre
Catalog Number:REISSUE: 443 188-2
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:65.06
Comments:Michael Kim said:

Very clean texture; Rifkin, as usual, employs one-to-a-part performance practice in these works. The result is not as satisfying as the recordings by Gardiner on Philips and Archiv as the soloists are not very similar to each other in tone; particularly, the countertenor sticks out like a sore thumb. The virtuosity of the performers is unquestionable, but the direction does not feel as if it has rythmic drive behind it, which Gardiner never fails to display. I am still seeking a recording that successfully employs one-to-a-part performance in this repertoire; perhaps a Parrott will emerge in the future?

Dr. Ricardo Ceballos Lizarraga said:

The first time I ever heard the beautiful cantata BWV 140 with soloists. It sounds perfect. The duet in BMW 78 it's song of angels.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael Kim
  • Dr. Ricardo Ceballos Lizarraga
Date First Submitted:12/28/1997