J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas, Volume 1

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Masaaki Suzuki
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Bach Collegium Japan
Soloists:Yumiko Kurisu, soprano
Akira Tachikawa, counter-tenor
Koki Katano, tenor
Peter Kooy, bass
Individual Works:Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV4
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV150
Der Herr denket an uns, BWV196
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Bis
Catalog Number:CD-751
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:45'12
Comments:Hostens said:

Very interesting bwv 162. In the third movement an instrumental obligato for the aria is added and written by suzuki.

Gunnar Engan said:

This is the first recording of a cantata series that is intended to be complete. By present (april 97) four CD's have been issued. I am strongly recomending them all. They are among the very best I have ever heard of Bach cantatas. If Suzuki and his Bach Collegium is following the same line of supreme quality througout the forthcoming recordings, I will be looking forward to every new issue in this series. I will not dwell on the individual works, because they are all equally superb, as are the soloist and all the rest.

Arthur Jerijian said:

WOW!!!!! Up to now, all the Bach cantata CDs that I've listened to were cheerful ceremonies and sublime joyous praises. Never did I expect Bach to write cantatas that are as dark, heavy, and powerful as BWV 4 and 150! Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan do these works justice in this recording, never failing to capture the intense emotion in every note! In addition, the cantatas on these CDs do not have any recitatives (and I don't happen to be a big fan of recitatives myself).

This volume of the cantatas, and Volume #6 (BWV 21, 31), are perhaps the two best recordings performed by Suzuki. I highly recommend this CD, especially if you enjoy Mozart's Requiem (K.626).

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • hostens
  • Gunnar Engan
  • Arthur Jerijian
Date First Submitted:04/16/1997