J.S. Bach

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Die Bach Kantate - Vol. 31

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helmuth Rilling
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gaechinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart.
Soloists:BWV 158: Philippe Huttenlocher, bass.
BWV 67: Arleen Auger, soprano
Tsuyako Mitsui, alto
Ann Murray, alto
Adalbert Kraus, tenor
Walter Heldwein, bass.
BWV 42: Arleen Auger, soprano
Julia Hamari, alto
Peter Schreier, tenor
Philippe Huttenlocher, bass.
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 158, Der Friede sei mit dir
Cantata BWV 67, Halt in Gedaechtnis Jesum Christ
Cantata BWV 42, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:98.882
Year Released/Recorded:1984; 1978; 1980/81
Total Playing Time:54:30
Related Web Site:http://www.bachakademie.de/
Comments:George Murnu said:

The first cantata on this disc is a work for Candlemas and the third Easter Day scored for solo bass, chorus, and orchestra. Yet cantata BWV 158 never achieved the popularity of BWV 56 or 82, both works for solo bass. This may be due to its small proportions but also due to the fact that in the LP era recordings were usually issued with BWV 56 on one side and BWV 82 on the other, BWV 158 being usually left out. Indeed, if for BWV 56 and 82 we have three recordings with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, two with Hermann Prey and Gerard Souzay, as well as recordings by such artists as Olaf Baer, Siegmund Nimsgern, Siegfried Lorenz, Peter Kooy, or Harry van der Kamp, BWV 158 was only recorded by Fischer-Dieskau (once), Baer, Nimsgern, and Kooy of the above mentioned artists. Even so this is a distinguished list of artists and I am happy to say that Philippe Huttenlocher in the present disc is at least their equal. Cantata BWV 67 was written for the Low Sunday. Here the best soloists are Kraus and Murray; Heldwein is just reliable and Auger and Mitsui sing only briefly in the firsts movement. For the tenor aria 'Mein Jesu ist erstanden' (the second movement of the cantata) the score specifies that either an oboe d'amore or a flute and the strings. Rilling prefers the oboe d'amore version, as does Fritz Werner on another recording. Finally cantata BWV 42 is also written for the Low Sunday. The solo contribution from Auger, Schreier, - both remarkable in their duet - and Huttenlocher is outstanding. In all these works Rilling conducts with the same vigor that characterizes his later work of the series; the orchestral and choral contributions are likewise first class. My favorite performance is that of BWV 42, but the whole disc can be recommended to anybody wishing for a modern-instruments version of the works.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:04/06/1998