J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Wedding Cantatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christine Schafer
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Musica Antiqua Koln, Reinhard Goebel
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:O holder Tag, erw³nschte Zeit, BWV 210
Weichet nur, betr³bte Schatten, BWV 202
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:459621
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Comments:Rich Rosenwald said:

Great solo voice with Musica Antiqua Koln's wonerful accompainment! Too quick with the first movement of BWV 51 makes it difficult to follow, but the rest of the piece the singing is great and the 5th movement "alleuja" I can relate to. Another Trumpet, and Timpani are added to the first and fifth movements of Cantata BWV 51. Great recording and I would recommend it highly.

Bernard Kruesemann said:

Persons who usually donŝt listen to bach, falsely identify baroque music with this jingle-jangle background sound of movies about ancient regimes.
Tis record is ideal to show them how tantalising this kind of music really is.
Just put this CD in and watch them leer about those insinuating rhymes. But even without words, the almost folksy music sounds as if the orchestra has a day off and plays in a backyard without any aestheticised ambition - just as one would imagine an ancient wedding celebration!

The sound quality is crisp and of an analytic precision, although Christine Schaefer seems to float between the speakers.

After an excerpt of this record has been played on german radio, a dispute came up about the speed and style of musica antiqua. In Muenster, a vendor in the best reputed record shop wouldnŝt sell the record to me with the words "put your circular saw on if you want to know how musica antiqua sounds". I do not regret that I bought this CD all the same.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Rich Rosenwald
  • Bernard Kruesemann
Date First Submitted:04/15/2000