J.S. Bach

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Die Bach Kantate - Vol. 19

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helmuth Rilling
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Soloists:BWV 143: Eva Csapo, soprano
Adalbert Kraus, tenor
Schoene, bass.
BWV 190: Helen Watts, contralto
Kurt Equiluz, tenor
Nikolaus Tuller,
BWV 41: Helen Donath, soprano
Marga Hoeffgen, contralto
Adalbert Kraus,
Siegmund Nimsgern, bass.
Various instrumental soloists.
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 143: "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele",
Cantata BWV 190: "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied"
Cantata BWV 41: "Jesu, nun sei gepreiset"
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:98.870
Year Released/Recorded:1975 1978 1973
Total Playing Time:1 hr.
Related Web Site:http://www.bachakademie.de/index.htm
Comments:George Murnu said:

Volume 19 of Rilling's cantatas series is devoted to works written for the New Year. BWV 190 and BWV 41 are "trumpets and drums" works and BWV 143 is a "horns and drums" work. The first two numbers of the cantata BWV 190 are reconstructed by Olivier Alain; the original score published by Baerenreiter leaves a lot of blank space where no source from Bach is available. These are some of the earlier - though not the earliest - recordings of Helmuth Rilling's Bach series. His soloists are at worst reliable, at best excellent. Alongside Rilling regulars like Kraus,
Schoene, and Tuller, notice the presence of veteran Marga Hoeffgen and Harnoncourt regular Kurt Equiluz. The chorus in BWV 143 is Frankfurter
Kantorei, in BWV 190 and BWV 41 is Gaechinger Kantorei. Both choruses have worked intensively with Rilling and it shows: they do display the same kind of intonation and color. I do marginally prefer the Gaechinger Kantorei however. I usually prefer Rilling's later recordings (not everybody does!) but this disc displays the expertise that we expect from today's leading Bach specialist and for anybody wishing a modern instruments version of the works it is certainly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:12/12/1997