J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Easter Cantatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helmuth Rilling
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Soloists:Sopranos: Arleen Auger, Eva Csapo, Helen Donath, Edith Wiens

Altos: Julia Hamari, Marga Hoeffgen, Gabriele Schmaut, Gabriele Schreckenbach, Doris Soffel, Carolyn Watkinson, Helen Watts

Tenors: Aldo Baldin, Kurt Equiluz, Lutz-Michael Harder, Adalbert Kraus, Peter Schreier

Bass: Walter Heldwein, Phillipe Huttenlocher, Hanns-Friedrich Kunz, Wolfgang Schone, Niklaus Tuller

Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Frankfurter Kantorei, Indiana University Singers
Individual Works:CD 1:
BWV 182: Himmelskonig, sei willkommen
BWV 249: Oster-Oratorium: Kommt, eilet und laufet

CD 2:
BWV 31: Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret
BWV 6: Bleib bei uns
BWV 42: Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats

CD 3:
BWV 108: Es ist euch gut, dass ich hingehe
BWV 128: Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein
BWV 43: Gott fahret auf mit Jauchzen

CD 4:
BWV 172: Erschallet, ihr Lieder
BWV 34: O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe
BWV 184: Erwunschtes Freudenlicht
BWV 175: Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:94.027
Year Released/Recorded:1972-1987
Total Playing Time:4h 32 min
Comments:Eran Zamir said:

I found this collection by accident, but it is probably one of the best CD purchases I have ever made. There are 4 CDs containing 12 cantatas in this collection, and it only costs about $16 (or 20 Euros)! Helmuth Rilling conducts all of them, and there are some world-class singers involved as well.

These cantatas are very well done; the recordings are at least as good as anything done by Herreweghe, Gardiner, or other big conductors, even though these are not period performances. The last CD, which contains Cantatas BWV 172, 34, 184, and 175, is exceptional. Rilling gives these four works a power and fullness that is almost Handelian.

This set is a must for any cantata fan, and it is probably the best bargain a Bach lover will ever encounter.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eran Zamir
Date First Submitted:02/26/2003