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BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 13 (Gardiner) - BWV 36, 61, 62, 70, 132, 147

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release date: October 2013

Originally recorded in 2009


John Eliot Gardiner


Joanne Lunn


William Towers


Jan Kobow


Michael Chance


Brigitte Geller


Monteverdi Choir


English Baroque Soloists


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Total Time - 133:40
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BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 13 (Gardiner) - BWV 36, 61, 62, 70, 132, 147




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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

1 Overture - Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Chorus) 03:07
2 Recitative: Der Heiland ist gekommen (Tenor) 01:25
3 Aria: Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche (Tenor) 04:47
4 Recitative: Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tur (Bass) 01:10
5 Aria: Offne dich, mein ganzes Herze (Soprano) 03:49
6 Amen, Amen (Chorus) 00:47
 Joanne Lunn Soloist
 Jan Kobow Soloist

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62

7 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Chorus) 04:42
8 Aria: Bewundert, o Menschen, dies grosse Geheimnis (Tenor) 06:46
9 Recitative: So geht aus Gottes Herrlichkeit und Thron (Bass) 00:46
10 Aria: Streite, siege, starker Held! (Bass) 05:39
11 Recitative: Wir ehren diese Herrlichkeit (Soprano, Alto) 00:58
12 Chorale: Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, ton 00:40
 Joanne Lunn Soloist
 William Towers Soloist

Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36

13 Schwingt freudig euch empor (Chorus) 04:10
14 Chorale: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Soprano, Alto) 03:35
15 Aria: Die Liebe zieht mit sanften Schritten (Tenor) 05:45
16 Chorale: Zwingt die Saiten in Cythara (Chorus) 01:20
17 Aria: Willkommen, werter Schatz! (Bass) 03:31
18 Chorale: Der du bist dem Vater gleich (Tenor) 01:51
19 Aria: Auch mit gedampften, schwachen Stimmen (Soprano) 09:31
20 Chorale: Lob sei Gott, dem Vater, ton (Chorus) 00:41
 Joanne Lunn Soloist
 William Towers Soloist

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Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!, BWV 70

1 Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Chorus) 03:33
2 Recitative: Erschrecket, ihr verstocken Sunder (Bass) 01:18
3 Aria: Wenn kommt der Tag (Alto) 04:46
4 Recitative: Auch bei dem himmlischen Verlangen (Tenor) 00:40
5 Aria: Lasst der Spotter Zungen schmahen (Soprano) 02:38
6 Recitative: Jedoch bei dem unartigen Geschlechte (Tenor) 00:36
7 Chorale: Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele (Chorus) 01:08
8 Aria: Hebt euer Haupt empor (Tenor) 03:07
9 Recitative: Ach, soll nicht dieser grosse Tag (Bass) 01:34
10 Aria: Seligster Erquickungstag (Bass) 02:46
11 Chorale: Nicht nach Welt, nach Himmel nicht (Chorus) 00:50
 Brigitte Geller Soloist
 Michael Chance Soloist

Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132

12 Aria: Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! (Soprano) 05:46
13 Recitative: Willst du dich Gottes Kind (Tenor) 02:18
14 Aria: Wer bist du? frage dein Gewissen (Bass) 02:48
15 Recitative: Ich will, mein Gott (Alto) 01:52
16 Aria: Christi Glieder, ach bedenket (Alto) 04:04
17 Ertot uns durch dein Gute (Chorus) 00:51
 Brigitte Geller Soloist
 Michael Chance Soloist

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

18 Chorus: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben 03:48
19 Accompanied Recitative: Gebenedeiter Mund! (Tenor) 01:41
20 Aria: Schame dich, o Seele, nicht (Alto) 03:29
21 Recitative: Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden (Bass) 01:32
22 Aria: Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn (Soprano) 04:35
23 Chorale: Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe 02:30
24 Aria: Hilf, Jesu, hilf, dass ich auch dich bekenne (Tenor) 02:56
25 Recitative: Der hochsten Allmacht Wunderhand (Alto) 02:17
26 Aria: Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen (Bass) 02:42
27 Chorale: Jesus bleibet meine Freude 02:35
 Brigitte Geller Soloist
 Michael Chance Soloist
 John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

 The illustrious, multi-award winning Bach Cantatas series on SDG continues with Volume 13 in the series. It features Cantatas for the first and fourth Sunday in Advent and was recorded live in December 2000.  We join John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists for a concert of Bach’s Advent cantatas, performed in the largest of the Romanesque churches in Cologne, St. Maria im Kapitol (St. Mary in the Capital).

Besides the festive allure they have in common, all three of Bach’s surviving cantatas for Advent (BWV 61, 62 and 36) display a sense of excitement at the onset of the Advent season. This is a time of anticipation and waiting, and an opportunity for congregations to turn away from all those self-absorbed feelings of guilt, fear, damnation and hellfire that dominated the final Sunday of the Trinity season. The successive stages of Advent and the different perspectives these give on Jesus’ incarnation are perhaps most clearly marked in Bach’s early version of BWV 61 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland I. The programme ends with BWV 36 Schwingt freudig euch empor (Soar joyfully aloft), a large-scale work divided into two parts. The opening chorus, as befits the season, is joyous, and is described by Gardiner as a spiritual madrigal - “capricious, light-textured and deeply satisfying”. 
The final European leg of the year-long pilgrimage takes us to the atmospheric Michaeliskirche in Lüneburg. The programme begins with BWV 70 Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (Watch! pray! pray! watch!). We then hear one of Bach’s earliest cantatas, BWV 132 Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! (Prepare the way, prepare the path), an intimate work scored for four voices, oboe, bassoon, strings and continuo consisting of two recitatives, three arias and a final chorale. The concert ends with BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and Mouth, Deeds and Life), the best known of Bach’s reworkings of an earlier Weimar cantata. The pre-Christmas excitement is captured in the glorious opening chorus by the fanfare-like opening section for orchestra.
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