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Bach - Cantatas Vol 20

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2009

Originally recorded in 2009


Gardiner, John Eliot

Wilke te Brummelstroete


Jonathan Brown


Miah Persson


James Oxley


The Monteverdi Choir

The English Baroque Soloists


Grote Kerk, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

20 Feb 2000

Southwell Minster

27 Feb 2000


Isabella de Sabata


Tiemen Boelens

CD 1

Kees de Visser

CD 1

Everett Porter

CD 2

Mario Nozza

CD 2

Record Label



Total Time - 95:05
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  Cantatas Vol 20  
  CD 1  


  For Septuagesima  

Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin BWV 144

1 1. Coro Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin 1:38
2 2. Aria: Alt Murre nicht, lieber Christ 5:19
3 3. Choral Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan 0:46
4 4. Recitativo: Tenor Wo die Genügsamkeit regiert 0:52
5 5. Aria: Sopran Genügsamkeit ist ein Schatz in diesem Leben 2:53
6 6. Choral Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit 1:12

Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke BWV 84

7 1. Aria: Sopran Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke 5:34
8 2. Recitativo: Sopran Gott ist mir ja nichts schuldig 1:20
9 3. Aria: Sopran Ich esse mit Freuden mein weniges Brot 4:13
10 4. Recittivo: Sopran Im Schweiße meines Angesichts 0:52
11 5. Choral Ich leb indes in dir vergnüget 1:00

Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn BWV 92

12 1. Coro (Choral) Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn 5:23
13 2. Choral e Recititativo: Bass Es kann mir fehlen nimmermehr! 3:27
14 3. Aria: Tenor Seht, sent! wie reißt, wie bricht, wie fällt 2:50
15 4. Choral: Alt Zudem ist Weisheit und Verstand 3:08
16 5. Recitativo: Tenor Wir wollen nun nicht länger zagen 1:12
17 6. Aria: Bass Das Brausen von den rauen Winden 4:21
18 7. Choral e Recitativo: Sopran, Alt, Tenor, Bass Ei nun, mein Gott, so fall ich dir 2:15
19 8. Aria: Sopran Meinem Hirten bleib ich treu 3:32
20 9. Choral Soll ich denn auch des Todes Weg 1:20
  CD 1 TT: 53:18      
  CD 2  
  For Sexagesima  

Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt BWV 18

21 1. Sinfonia 3:16
22 2. Recitativo: Bass Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt 1:08
23 3. Recitativo e Litania: Tenor, Bass Mein Gott, hier wird mein Herze sein 5:16
24 4. Aria: Sopran Mein Seelenschatz ist Gottes Wort 2:43
25 5. Choral Ich bitt, o Herr, aus Herzens Grund 1:09

Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister BWV 181

26 1. Aria: Bass Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister 2:47
27 2. Recitativo: Alt O unglücksel' ger Stand verkehrter Seelen 1:36
28 3. Aria: Tenor Der schädlichen Dornen unendliche Zahl 2:37
29 4. Recitativo: Sopran Von diesen wird die Kraft erstickt 0:40
30 5. Coro Lass, Höchster, uns zu allen Zeiten 4:14

Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort BWV 126

31 1. Coro (Choral) Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort 2:23
32 2. Aira: Tenor Sende deine Macht von oben 3:48
33 3. Recitativo e Choral: Alt, Tenor Der Menschen Gunst und Macht wird wenig nützen 2:13
34 4. Aria: Bass Stürze zu Boden, schwülstige Stolze! 5:07
35 5. Recitativo: Tenor So wird dein Wort und Wahrheit offenbar 0:55
36 6. Choral Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich 2:06
  CD 2 TT: 42:07      
 Miah Persson soprano
 Wilke te Brummelstroete alto
 James Oxley tenor
 Jonathan Brown bass
 Gardiner, John Eliot
  Recorded live as part of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage at:  

As the solemn Lenten period prior to Easter approaches, Soli Deo Gloria releases the next instalment in its award-winning Bach Cantata series with a double album featuring cantatas for the second and third Sunday before Lent, recorded live in February 2000.

With Lent only a few weeks away - a time of fasting, sackcloth and ashes - we join the Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner in Naarden, Holland for a performance of Bach’s cantatas for Septuagesima.

The programme opens with Bach’s first Leipzig cycle, BWV 144 Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin - a cantata encapsulated by the moral drawn by Bach’s librettist from the Gospel for the day: accept and be satisfied with your lot, however unfair it may seem at the time. Following the magnificent bold and uncompromising opening, the moral of the cantata is beautifully portrayed in Murre nicht, lieber Christ - an aria set as a minuet for alto over a pulsating string accompaniment to represent the mutterings of dissatisfied Christians.

In contrast, the engaging five-movement work for solo soprano, oboe and strings, BWV 84 Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, has no mention of the disgruntled work-force, but only of being ‘content with my good fortune that dear God bestows on me.’ Gardiner stresses this sentiment by making the choir sing the final chorale Ich leb indes in dir vergnüget (‘I live meanwhile content in thee’) a cappella and quietly. ‘I found it very affecting’, writes Gardiner.

The programme ends with the third of Bach’s surviving cantatas for this Sunday, BWV 92 Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn. Unlike the previous two cantatas, the text does not relate specifically to either of the appointed Bible readings, but asks the congregation to surrender to God’s heart and mind and to trust in Him through good and ill.

We then head to Southwell Minster for Bach’s cantatas for Sexagesima, three of his most original and startlingly different pre-Lenten cantatas. Each of these cantatas is characterised by Bach’s vivid pictorial imagination, an arresting sense of drama, and by music of freshness and power that lodges in the memory.

The first two focus upon the Gospel theme of the day - (the parable of the sower (Luke 8: 4-15) - superbly exemplified in BWV 18 Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt where Bach adds two extra viola parts to the score. The magically dark-hued sonority four violas bring stresses the overwhelming power of the Word and forms ‘an ideal seed-bed in which God’s word may germinate and prosper.’ Equally vivid and brilliant is BWV 181 Leichtgesinnte Flattergeister where, in contrast to BWV 18, Bach focuses upon those superficial, fickle people who devour the seed that ‘fell by the wayside’.

We end with BWV 126 Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, a cantata that places emphasis upon the wonder and majesty of God’s Word. ‘Erhalt uns, Herr’ (‘Uphold us, Lord’) exalt the trumpet and voices in the opening chorus, reminding the congregation that ‘God’s throne cannot be budged’.

"...The standards of performance and presentation are as high in this latest instalment of Gardiner’s cantata cycle as they have been in previous issues. The series continues it’s impressive progress."

John Quinn

MusicWeb International - 27 May 2009

"...Together with the excellent sound-quality and the informative and elegant packaging that characterise the entire series, this latest release from Soli Deo Gloria is another exceptional achievement. In his review of Volumes 3 and 27, Dominic McHugh noted that Gardiner’s reading of Bach’s cantatas and his musicians’ interpretation are ’a lesson in how this repertoire should be treated’. This latest series is another, thrilling vindication of that judgement."     ****

Musical - 27 May 2009

"These half-dozen cantatas, performed live in the course of the Monteverdi Choir’s millennium Bach pilgrimage, are for the feasts of Septuagesima and Sexagesima. Miah Persson is a clear-voiced soprano soloist throughout Cantata 84 and in the delicious aria in Cantata 92; in the latter work, the tenor James Oxley and the violinist Maya Homburger relish a particularly dramatic piece. The compact, vividly illustrative Cantata 18 heralds the trio of Sexagesima works, and the trumpet-adorned Cantata 126 ends the group in bellicose brilliance. There’s nothing routine about this music, and nothing routine about these performances, either."

The Sunday Times - 27 May 2009

                             Performance  ****       Recording ****

"There is an expressive rigour underpining the music Bach prepared for the Sundays approaching the penitential and contemplative Lenten season; yet these works never fail, ultimately, to yield a joyful optimism. BWV144 has not always fared well in the hands of many rival conductors. Its alla breve fugal opening chorus under Helmuth Rilling and Masaaki Suzuki, for instance, lacks the expressive fervour and eloquent phrasing with which the excellent singers of the Monteverdi Choir infuse their performance. There is an airiness here, as also in the supple singing of the complex fugal chorus of BWV181 which both illuminates the text and uplifts the spirit.

There are also some splendid solo contributions, notably from tenors James Oxley and James Gilchrist and basses Jonathan Brown and Stephen Loges, who rise to Bach’s declamatory and virtuosic idiom with a real sense of panache. Altogether, this is a rewarding instalment."

BBC Music Magazine - 27 May 2009

"...Gardiner’s forces are on splendid form in another exceptional volume."

Gramophone - 1 June 2009

"...exquisite performances, outstanding recordings..."

Marc Rochester

International Record Review - 4 June 2009

"Almost a decade after their great Bach Pilgrimage of 2000, the Monteverdi’s Bach cantata series continues to be released on their own label, and sustains standards that seems impossibly high, considering the pressures of weekly travel and performance around Europe. This set was made in Southwell and Naarden, and includes some great music: soprano Miah Persson in the solo cantata BWV 84, ringingly clear if not quite relaxed, and Stephan Loges a bold bass in BWV 126. Fine performances all round, but the palm as ever has to go to Bach himself: the amazing central fresco of BWV 18 is far more dramatic than most operas of the time."

Nicholas Kenyon

The Observer - 19 July 2009

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