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Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 2 - Kuijken

Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 2 - Kuijken

Accent  ACC 25302

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Bach: "Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten" BWV 93, "Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder" BWV 135, "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV 177

Siri Thornhill (soprano)
Petra Noskaiova (alto)
Christoph Genz (tenor)
Jan van der Crabben (baritone)
La Petite Bande
Sigiswald Kuijken

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Review by John Broggio - July 21, 2006

Following on from the superb Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 1 - Kuijken, this volume of the cycle has cantatas for the 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays after Trinity:
Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder - BWV 135
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ - BWV 177
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten - BWV 93

Compared to the first volume, the strings are slightly expanded to eight players who are joined by four woodwind players & an organist/harpsichordist (as before) and two brass players. As before, the choral parts are sung one to a part.

The "choir" is superb with Siri Thornhill (soprano) radiant, Petra Noskaiová (alto) solid & assured, Christoph Genz (tenor) his usual excellent self and Jan Van der Crabben (bass) refined. Kuijken's pacing is wonderful, giving life to the more dancelike episodes and appropriate gravity by turns.

The recording is good too, having moved locations to ,s Gravenwezel Castle (Belgium) and there is a clearer aspect, without the resonance that one might expect in a church. Rather, this is well nigh perfect with no hint of dryness.

I have really been enjoying this disc & Bach: Cantatas through the Liturgical Year, Vol. 3 - Kuijken has just arrived and on initial sampling is just as strong. This is turning out to be a consistently beautiful & enjoyable cycle.

Copyright © 2006 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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