J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Kantaten BWV 173a, 173, 26

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Soloists:BWV 173a:
Regina Werner, soprano
Siegfried Lorenz, baritone.
BWV 173:
Regina Werner, soprano
Heidi Rie, alto
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, tenor
Hermann Christian Polster, bass.
BWV 26: Regina Werner, soprano
Rosemarie Lang, alto
Peter Schreier, tenor
Hermann Christian Polster, bass.
Double Bass
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 173a, Durchlauchster Leopold
Cantata BWV 173, Erhöhtes Fleisch und Blut
Cantata BWV 26, Ach Wie Fl³chtig, Ach Wie Nichtig
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Berlin Classics
Catalog Number:0090362BC
Year Released/Recorded:1975 1978
Total Playing Time:57:11
Comments:George Murnu said:

This is my favorite recording of Hans-Joachim Rotzsch's series of Bach cantatas. The reason for being my favorite is that Rotzsch uses here the full Gewandhaus orchestra rather than the smaller ensemble of the orchestra, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum. The readings on the present disc are spacious, as opposite to the conductor more incisive recordings with the Collegium Musicum. Rotzsch moderate tempi and the use of a larger orchestra bring certain warmth, which is appropriate to the works on the disc. Rotzsch also sings the tenor part of the cantata BWV 173; he was already late in his singing career, but his experience in the music shows. Among the other soloists, Peter Schreier and Siegfried Lorenz are the best.

Please note that cantata BVW 173 is a parody of BWV 173a. Bach kept the first five numbers and the last aria of BWV 173a, changed a little bit the orchestration, added the chorus and two soloists, and with a new text the cantata BWV 173 - for the Whit-Monday - was born. The cantata BWV 173a is a serenade for the birthday of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen and the cantata BWV 26 is written for the 24th Sunday after Trinity. Some listeners may object to the overlapping music of BWV 173 and 173a but other will welcome the opportunity to compare these works on the same disc. The present recording is not recommended to purists but offers a good way to get acquitted with the works for anyone else.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Murnu
Date First Submitted:01/01/1998