J.S. Bach

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Kantaten: BWV 110, 40, 71

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, Leipzig.
Soloists:Arleen Auger, soprano
Ortrun Wenkel, contralto
Peter Schreier, tenor
Siegfried Lorenz, bass.
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 110: "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens".
Cantata BWV 40: "Dazu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes".
Cantat BWV 71: "Gott ist mein Koenig".
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Berlin Classics
Catalog Number:0021002BC
Year Released/Recorded:1981 1984
Total Playing Time:60:08
Comments:George Murnu said:

This is an interesting program: two Christmas cantatas - BWV 110 for the First Christmas Day and BWV 40 for the Second Christmas day - and a "Ratswechsel" ( Council Election ) cantata, the famous BWV 71. The chorus in this recording is Bach's own Thomanerchor ( Choir of the St. Thomas Church ) in Leipzig and the orchestra is made of members of the Gewandhausorchester. Modern instruments with a children's choir. For BWV 110 and BWV 40 these are the recordings thru which I got acquited with the works, and are still my favorite recordings, as is the recording of BWV 71. Rotzsch conducts with vigor and he has learned one thing or two from the period instruments movement. His tempi are on the robust side, but never too fast and the phrasing strikes a good balance between the traditional appoach and the period instruments techniques. Among the soloists Auger is excellent; Schreier is already past his prime, but sings intelligently nonetheless. The instrumental soloists for BWV 110 and BWV 71 include Ludwig Guttler as first trumpet. And of course cantata BWV 110 is famous as the first chorus being a parody of the Overture / Suite #4, BWV 1069. For the cantata besides the chorus Bach added a pair of flutes and the third oboe. The sopran / tenor duet from the same cantata is also a parody: Bach used in the original version of Magnificat - E flat major - as one of the Christmas inserts, deleted however from the D major version of the Magnificat. The opening chorus of BWV 40 iswas later used in one of Bach's Missae Breve ( BWV 233 ) as "Cum Sancto Spiritu", the last chorus. A fascinating disc.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:12/17/1997