Masaaki Suzuki / Bach Collegium Japan

Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 50 - BWV 49, 145, 149, 174

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Since 1995, Masaaki Suzuki's critically acclaimed cycle of J.S. Bach's cantatas has been a solid mainstay of the field of early music recordings, and his stylish interpretations have been widely admired for their meticulous musicianship and polished singing. Suzuki strives for coherence and unity in his readings, and his albums reflect this in the programming of similarly themed cantatas, which illustrate Bach's methods more clearly than other groupings might. Volume 50 presents four cantatas composed in Leipzig between the years 1726 and 1729 -- BWV 149, BWV 145, BWV 174, and BWV 49 -- and even though they have some obvious structural differences, they have expressions of rejoicing and praise as their subjects. The exuberant counterpoint is deftly handled by the Bach Collegium Japan, which has worked assiduously with Suzuki on every volume and consistently produced a refined ensemble blend that can scarcely be improved upon. The reproduction by BIS is the finest available on that label, and it captures all the dynamics and timbres with a natural clarity and freshness that befit the musicians' exceptional work. Highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg, BWV 149
1 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 04:36 Amazon
2 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 02:43 Amazon
3 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 00:42 Amazon
4 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 05:21 Amazon
5 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 00:39 Amazon
6 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 03:24 Amazon
7 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 01:48 Amazon
Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen, BWV 145
8 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 03:19 Amazon
9 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 01:02 Amazon
10 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 03:25 Amazon
11 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 00:53 Amazon
12 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 00:51 Amazon
Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzem Gemüte, BWV 174
13 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 05:56 Amazon
14 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 08:23 Amazon
15 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 01:21 Amazon
16 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 03:50 Amazon
17 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 01:41 Amazon
Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen, BWV 49
18 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 06:13 Amazon
19 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 05:28 Amazon
20 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 02:01 Amazon
21 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 04:34 Amazon
22 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 01:25 Amazon
23 Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 05:10 Amazon
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