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Bach: Bass Arias

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Bassarien (Bass Arias) is a single Hänssler Classic disc drawn from the massive Complete Bach Edition done under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. Anyone who has had contact with that edition, or its individual volumes, can tell you that comprehensiveness is its strongest suit. Generally, these performances are alright, not great, but at least a given volume includes every note Bach composed within a certain subdivision of the genres in which he worked. While it might be more of a triumph of programming than a triumph of music, some performances are good, and Rilling did not skimp when it came to choosing good soloists.

However, this single disc of bass arias taken from Bach's cantatas suffers from a major problem: it does not list, anywhere on the package, the names of individual singers on each track. They aren't even collectively listed in a block somewhere at the end of the notes; the information is simply lacking. One can gather some of the names by scrolling down the front of the listing on the www.allmusic.com entry, as the information was gathered from data derived from the larger sets that were already entered. Some of the singers are famous; names like Philippe Huttenlocher and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau are certainly not strange ones to listeners even reasonably well-acquainted with Bach's vocal music. As this crucial information was left off the CD track listing, one wonders what this disc could possibly be useful for; at the very least, it compromises the basic purpose of the disc and its program.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Cantata No. 110, "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens," BWV 110 (BC A10)
1
4:21
Cantata No. 85, "Ich bin ein guter Hirt," BWV 85 (BC A66)
2
3:36
Cantata No. 75, "Die Elenden sollen essen," BWV 75 (BC A94)
3
4:10
Cantata No. 89, "Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?" BWV 89 (BC A155)
4
3:38
Cantata No. 117, "Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut," BWV 117 (BC A187)
5
3:27
Cantata No. 27, "Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende!" BWV 27 (BC A138)
6
3:23
Cantata No. 166, "Wo gehest du hin?" BWV 166 (BC A71)
7
2:02
Cantata No. 30, "Freue dich, erlöste Schar," BWV 30 (BC A178)
8
5:50
Cantata No. 168, "Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort," BWV 168 (BC A116)
9
4:07
Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169)
10
3:58
Cantata No. 67, "Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ," BWV 67 (BC A62)
11
5:41
Cantata No. 46, "Schauet doch und sehet," BWV 46 (BC A117)
12
3:24
Cantata No. 57, "Selig ist der Mann," BWV 57 (BC A14)
13
6:21
Cantata No. 73, "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir," BWV 73 (BC A35)
14
4:15
Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130)
15
3:19
Cantata No. 108, "Es ist euch gut, dass ich hingehe," BWV 108 (BC A72)
16
4:26
Cantata No. 45, "Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist," BWV 45 (BC A113)
17
2:59
Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169)
18
9:16
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