J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Die Bach Kantate - Vol. 1

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helmuth Rilling
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gaechinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Soloists:Inga Nielsen, Arleen Auger
Helen Watts, Gabriele Schreckenbach
Adalbert Kraus, Aaldo Baldin, Lutz-Michael Harder
Philippe Huttenlocher, Walter Heldwein
Individual Works:Wie Schoen Leuchtet der Morgenstern BWV 1
Ach Gott, vom Himmel Sieh Daarein BWV 2
Ach Gott, Wie Manches Herzeleid BWV 3
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:92.001
Year Released/Recorded:1980 1987
Total Playing Time:65' 51"
Related Web Site:http://www.bachakademie.de/index.htm
Comments:John Baker said:

This is Volume 1 of the Complete Bach recording scheduled for completion in 2000. The sound is excellent. This is a modern instrument recording with an experienced choir and orchestra. The soloists are excellent with great breath control. Since this is done on modern instruments there is less contrast between the various choirs of the orchestra than you would find on period intrument performance. Still, this is the best sounding Bach Cantata disk I have.

Jan Hanford said:

I prefer this series of the Cantatas recordings to any other, even the Koopman. The sound is rich and warm and the performance is exquisite. Rilling's approach is more traditional than the recent "historic" style performances. For this reason, I enjoyed the Cantatas more than ever before. Gorgeous!

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Baker
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:08/09/1999