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BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 55 (Suzuki) - BWV 30, 69, 191

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release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Bach Collegium Japan


Masaaki Suzuki


Robin Blaze


Gerd Turk


Hana Blazikova


Bach Collegium Japan Chorus



Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel, Japan


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Total Time - 67:14
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BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 55 (Suzuki) - BWV 30, 69, 191

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Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69

1 Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Chorus) 04:56
2 Recitative: Wie gross ist Gottes Gute doch! (Soprano) 01:15
3 Aria: Meine Seele, auf! erzahle (Alto) 05:58
4 Recitative: Der Herr hat grosse Ding an uns getan (Tenor) 02:12
5 Aria: Mein Erloser und Erhalter (Bass) 03:16
6 Chorale: Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich (Chorus) 01:23
 Robin Blaze Soloist

Freue dich, erloste Schar, BWV 30

7 Part I: Freue dich, erloste Schar (Chorus) 03:59
8 Part I: Recitative: Wir haben Rast (Bass) 00:54
9 Part I: Aria: Gelobet sei Gott, gelobet sein Name (Bass) 04:33
10 Part I: Recitative: Der Herold kommt und meldt den Konig an (Alto) 00:44
11 Part I: Aria: Kommt, ihr angefochtnen Sunder (Alto) 05:19
12 Part I: Chorale: Eine Stimme lasst sich horen (Chorus) 01:12
13 Part II: Recitative: So bist du denn, mein Heil, bedacht (Bass) 00:57
14 Part II: Aria: Ich will nun hassen (Bass) 05:38
15 Part II: Recitative: Und ob wohl sonst der Unbestand (Soprano) 00:56
16 Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr Stunden, kommt herbei (Soprano) 04:29
17 Part II: Recitative: Geduld, der angenehme Tag (Tenor) 01:14
18 Part II: Freue dich, geheilgte Schar (Chorus) 04:02
 Robin Blaze Soloist

Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191

19 Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus) 06:13
20 Duet: Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui sancto (Soprano, Tenor) 04:04
21 Sicut erat in principio (Chorus) 04:00
 Gerd Turk Soloist
 Hana Blazikova Soloist
 Masaaki Suzuki Conductor

In classical music, one of the most monumental tasks that anyone could undertake is that of recording the complete church cantatas by J.S. Bach. Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan recorded the first instalment of their cycle in 1995. Now, 18 years and 55 discs later, a great adventure is brought to a close. The chronological approach adopted by Suzuki means that the three works included here are the last extant cantatas by Bach’s hand. But as so often with the sacred music from his late period, in all three Bach turned to earlier works. Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV69, was first performed at a Leipzig church service in 1748 celebrating the annual change of municipal leadership. With its rich orchestral scoring it was excellently suited to the task of lending appropriate artistic splendour to the political festivities, and the fact that its central movements had already been performed at a similar occasion some 25 years earlier was probably not recognized by anyone in the illustrious congregation. In Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV30, Bach also harks back to an earlier work, but this time of a secular nature, which explains various unusual features, such as the surprising beginning of the introductory chorus, without any instrumental prelude, and Bach’s liberal use of dance models such as the passepied, the gavotte and the gigue. The closing work of the disc – and of the entire series – isn’t really a cantata in the usual sense of the word: with its Latin text, it could never have been performed at a regular church service in Lutheran Leipzig in Bach’s time. A reworking of the Gloria from the B minor Mass, BWV232, its three movements were possibly prepared by Bach at short notice for a special ceremony at the Leipzig University Church on Christmas Day 1745, to celebrate a peace treaty between Prussia and Saxony. Even though its connections to the genre may be regarded as tenuous, Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191 is traditionally included among the church cantatas – and it is difficult to think of a more suitable finale to a recording project remarkable not just for its musical qualities but also for the performers’ approach to the religious dimension of these works: ‘Glory to God in the highest’.

 “There’s a striking transparency in even the densest of counterpoint...Over 18 years Suzuki seems to have subtly changed his relationship with Bach, from a reverential approach to confident familiarity. The final Cantata of this complete series is uncannily apt: ’Gloria in Excelsis’ indeed!”   *****

BBC Music magazine - December 2013

 “This final volume highlights the maturing sense..of Bach Collegium Japan’s growing stature and confidence to break free of generic convention towards even greater interpretative character...The best is as good as anyone anywhere”

Gramophone magazine - December 2013

 “All the qualities that have made this one of the most important series of the past two decades are here, as they have been in the previous 54 volumes...[Gloria in excelsis Deo’s] positioning as the final work on the final disc is apposite: the concluding chorus is a splendidly grand one to celebrate the culmination of this endeavour.” - 8 Novmber 2013

"... Gloria in excelsis Deo indeed - a glorious end to a most prodigious project! Congratulations to all... Buy this now."   - Jerry Dubins

"... His [Suzuki] performances can be dynamic and joyful, polished and serene..." George Chien 

Fanfare - May/June 2014

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