J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Geschwinde, Ihr Wirbelnden Winde

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helmuth Rilling
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gaechinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Soloists:Sibylla Rubens, Soprano: Momus
Ingeborg Danz, Alto: Mercurius
Lothar Odinius, Tenor: Tmolus
James Taylor, Tenor: Midas
Matthias Goerne, Bass: Phoebus
Dietrich Henschel, Bass: Pan
Individual Works:Geschwinde, Ihr Wirbelnden Winde - Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan (The Contest between Phoebus and Pan)
BWV 201
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:CD 98.162
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:47:31
Related Web Site:http://www.bachakademie.de/
Comments:George Murnu said:

Twelve years after successfully completing the first integral recording of Bach's church cantatas, Helmuth Rilling now turns his attention to the composer's secular work and the results are even more brilliant. True, maestro Rilling has recorded some of these works (including the present one) as early as the mid-sixties, but his new approach to the cantatas will initially shook anybody familiar with the old recordings. For one the tempo is much faster: the old recording of the present work was about 10 minutes slower! Yet maestro Rilling never seems rushed and the phrasing owes a lot to period instrument practices. True, the chorus is fairly large but the excellence of Gaechinger Kantorei is well displayed. Rilling has assembled a young team of outstanding soloists. Goerne is the best known of the lot but the rest are just as good. Moreover they match well the character they are singing: the results would be different and not as good if, for example, Taylor sung Tmolus and Odinius Midas. I would also like to add that the notes and presentation are excellent, unlike most of the discs on the church cantatas series which had little or no notes at all. Finally a note for the curious: according to Fanfare, this cantata was the only work by Bach which has received a staging at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham and on a double bill with Rimsky-Korsakov's GOLDEN COCKRELL. In summary: purists will object large forces but anyone else needs not hesitate.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:03/23/1998