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John Eliot Gardiner & Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists
Bach Cantata Pilgrimage - Vol. 15

P-15

Bach Cantatas Vol. 15: New York
For the 3rd Day of Christmas

 
 

Cantatas BWV 64 [17:39], BWV 151 [17:07], BWV 57 [22:56], BWV 133 [18:15]

John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists

Sopranos: Katharine Fuge [BWV 133], Gillian Keith [BWV 64, BWV 151], Joanne Lunn [BWV 57]; Counter-tenors: Robin Tyson [BWV 64, BWV 133], William Towers [BWV 151]; Tenor: James Gilchrist; Bass: Peter Harvey

Soli Deo Gloria 127

Dec 27, 2000

CD / TT: 76:15

Live recording from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, at St Bartholomew’s Church, New York, NY, USA.
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Gardiner vol 15 : BCP in NY - Cantatas for 2nd & 3rd day of Christmas

Thomas Shepherd wrote (October 21, 2006):
Was this ONE disc volume designed to be released for the Christmas market by any chance? Or is that too cynical. It arrived this morning and is playing as I write this email.

BWV 64 contains a variety of styles including three well known chorales - even if (as the experts have often said) the congregation would not have been encouraged to sing with the choir, I can't imagine them not humming to these well known favourites.

And what a hauntingly beautiful lullaby "Sweet comfort, my Jesus comes, Jesus now is born!…" as the first movement to BWV 151 - another gem, executed with exquisite tenderness by Gillian Keith and the flautist Rachel Beckett. Wonderful.

What jolly music to "I swiftly end my earthly life…" the soprano aria in BWV 57 sung by Joanne Lunn with some lovely violin playing. This cantata ends with another favourite chorale - one still sung across the world - "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation"

And BWV 133 is full of joy from the first moment. A cantata to put on the CD player on St John's Day, turn the volume up loud and shake the house from the inevitable torpor of the days after Christmas.

So for now the CD can return to the shelf until after Christmas.

As it was recorded in St Bartholomew's New York, ambient sound mellow, performances of all the band and artists as usual impeccable, a single disc, priced reasonably, packaged beautifully (a Tibetan shepherd new-born pictured on the cover) it would make a perfect present for any music lover this Christmas - it contains some of Bach's most ravishing and exuberant music and probable least known. After all, cantatas for this time of the year have to compete with those that make up the Christmas Oratorio.

My only niggle is that we have now two SINGLE disc volumes (14,15) for Christmas Day, 2nd & 3rd days of Christmas. The days are muddled across the discs (unlike the rest of the series which keeps all of one Sunday or event to one disc) and for those of us collecting the BCP series, a single volume case with two CDs probably would have been sufficient. Still, lets hope that some new listeners will be attracted by either or both of them - the series deserves a wide audience. May the volume do well on this side of the pond and sell like hot cakes in the States - if only for national pride for the recording venue!

 

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