J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cantatas BWV 111, 140, 71

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kurt Thomas
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Soloists:Elisabeth Gr³mmer, soprano
Agnes Giebel, soprano
Marga Höffgen,
Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, tenor
Theo Adam, bass.
Individual Works:Cantata BWV 111, Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh
Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.
Cantata BWV 71, Gott ist mein König.
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Berlin Classics
Catalog Number:0092032BC
Year Released/Recorded:1961; 1960
Total Playing Time:74:15
Comments:George Murnu said:

Here is a generously filled program from yet another one of Bach's successors at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig: Kurt Thomas. But the main attraction here is not Maestro Thomas' conducting which is merely serviceable, but the singing. Indeed, Elisabeth Gr³mmer is reason enough to recommend the recording: she was in her prime and as radiant as ever. Theo Adam is also outstanding, here very youthful and without the worn of his later years. The duets between Gr³mmer and Adam are a pleasure to listen to. Equally good are Agnes Giebel and Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, the later a future Thomaskantor whose recordings are reviewed on the J.S. Bach homepage as well. The program itself consists of three of Bach's most famous cantatas. Recommended for the singing.

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